Aspiring Thinkers

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Lead teaching for thinking in your school

The Aspiring Thinkers Network, with member schools throughout Queensland, provides the expert guidance, collaborative network and professional learning pathway required to lead teaching for thinking at your school. 

Membership upskills teachers and leaders in how to:

  • embed Critical and Creative Thinking across P-10 subjects and 21st century skills within re-developed senior syllabuses
  • develop cognitive skills via a shift in focus from knowledge to inquiry
  • think and plan in the language of student cognition, to facilitate metacognition and provide a language of feedback.
Date Activity
Term 3, Week 3
  • Before and after school times available (times tbc).
Induction - Web Conference Session
  • Online preparation and introduction to the network (30 minutes).
Term 3, Week 4
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August
9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Venue is UQ, St Lucia 
  • More details will be provided after registration.
Two-day foundational workshop
  • Pedagogical schema, values of inquiry, critical thinking matrix and more
  • Practical school-ready activities
  • Meet like-minded network members
Ongoing - Term 3 and 4 Masterclasses and Online Collaboration
  • One masterclass per term
  • Regular online workshops and activities

Join our powerful network

Aspiring Thinkers expands the quality and scale of engagement between Queensland teachers, school leaders, the University of Queensland and the IMPACT Centre.

Build leadership capability

Aspiring Thinkers builds leadership capability in line with Department of Education’s​ school improvement model. Mentoring services will follow the initial two-day workshop to ensure that participants engage in inquiry and apply the standards of evidence.  Ongoing collaboration will ensure that teachers translate what they have learned into effective classroom practices.

Improve teacher capability

The IMPACT Centre’s Critical Thinking programs (2012-2018) have achieved significant relative gains for students on NAPLAN across all literacy and numeracy strands and improved student achievement in classroom subjects. Read more.

Meet 21st century needs

Critical thinking is fundamental to the idea of a 'knowledge economy' — the measure of a society’s capacity to anticipate problems and devise solutions.

Students trained in critical thinking demonstrate advanced analysing, problem solving and questioning techniques, and are better equipped to embrace change as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Critical thinking is a highly transferable skill, applicable in any domain of work or research, and thus the ultimate '21st century skill.' Read article​.

Selection criteria

Band 9-11 schools/clusters must involve a minimum of two aspiring teachers and/or leaders who have the mindset to lead change, the interpersonal skills to engage your staff and the dedication to actively participate in the network.

Band 5-8 schools or clusters can select one or more staff members with the attributes described above.

Membership fee

Your initial membership fee, valid for 12 months following the foundational two-day workshop, is $950 per person. Membership includes access to the foundational two-day workshop, one full-day masterclass per term and expert online workshops and collaboration with like-minded colleagues.

NB: Your school will be invoiced by the IMPACT Centre after the foundational two-day workshop. You may need to fund TRS to attend the workshop and future masterclasses. You may also need to fund travel and accommodation expenses if your school is located outside of Brisbane.

Last updated 02 July 2018