Everyone, including those who have worked with our approach for years or even decades, will take away new and valuable ideas from the first day.
The rest of the conference will consist of Focal Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, and Roundtable Discussions offered over the following four days.
Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions.
After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.
The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation for Critical Thinking — two sister educational non-profit organizations — work closely together to promote educational reform.
We seek to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.The work of the Foundation is to integrate the Center's research and theoretical developments, and to create events and resources designed to help educators improve their instruction.Materials developed through the Foundation for Critical Thinking include books , thinker's guides , videos , and other teaching and learning resources.Our annual conference provides a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of critical thinking, as well as your ability to more substantively foster it in all aspects of your work and life.In the first day's sessions, we focus on the foundations of critical thinking that are at the heart of our approach, foundations that will be contextualized throughout the rest of the conference.It entails rigorous self-reflection and open mindedness — the keys to significant changes.Critical thinking requires the cultivation of core intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility.Nothing of real value comes easily; a rich intellectual environment — alive with curious and determined students — is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process.We do not just advocate educational and social reform based on critical thinking, we develop and build practical alternatives.Such a conception not only highlights the qualities of the educated person, but also implies the proper design of the educational process - for instructors, students, professionals, and indeed anyone working toward higher levels of reasoning.There are essential minimal conditions for cultivating the mind.