Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted.
Bialik College is an independent Jewish school catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The College embarked on a collaborative research project with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in 2005. It aims to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. The Cultures of Thinking project focuses on further developing a school-wide culture of thinking that supports deep thinking and the development of students’ thinking dispositions. It supports students in becoming more flexible and energetic in their thinking and learning, develops critical and creative thinking and deeper engagement while also equipping students to become more comfortable in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. Teachers are provided with a unique opportunity to undertake professional development within a team environment, working with some of the world’s leading educational thinkers on an ongoing basis over an extended period of time. Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the project as it is focused on providing new strategies of learning to enrich their experience and develop thinking skills for their lives both within and beyond school.