Aspiring Thinkers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Aspiring Thinkers workshop

Lead teaching for thinking at your school

Aspiring Thinkers provides the expert guidance, collaborative network and professional learning pathway required to lead teaching for thinking at your school.

Membership will upskill teachers and leaders in how to:

  • think and plan in the language of student cognition, to facilitate metacognition and provide a language of feedback
  • develop cognitive skills via a shift in focus from knowledge to inquiry
  • embed Critical and Creative Thinking across P-10 subjects and 21st century skills within re-developed senior syllabuses
  • create and implement a professional learning program that develops teaching for thinking skills within your school
  • measure changes in student outcomes and staff capability according to the Department of Education (DoE) guidelines​ including attitudes, behaviour and achievement in school assessments

Selection criteria
Join our powerful network
Build leadership capability

Aspiring Thinkers builds leadership capability in line with the Department of Education school improvement model. Mentoring services ensure that participants engage in cycles of inquiry and apply the standards of evidence.

Improve achievement
Meet 21st century needs

Proposed program​

Date​​ Activity

Ter​m 1


  • Induction Web Conference (Term 1, Week 6 – multiple sessions)
  • Workshop at UQ, St Lucia (Term 1, Week 7 – two full days)
  • Implement and share strategies, online collaboration

Term 2


  • Create a professional learning plan for Terms 3-4
  • Implement and share strategies, online collaboration
  • Master class – accessible online and face-to-face

Term 3-4


  • Implement professional learning plan throughout Terms 3-4
  • Implement and share strategies, online collaboration
  • Master class – accessible online and face-to-face
  • ​End-of-year event in Brisbane - streamed live to members across Qld who cannot travel/attend. Participants receive PD certificate from UQ and IMPACT Centre (aligned to AITSL standards and recognising hours)


  • Option to continue or expand the collaboration


Membership f​ee

  • The 2018 membership fee, including two-day workshop, online collaboration, master classes and support network is $950 per person
  • You may also need to fund TRS to attend the Brisbane workshop and event
  • Schools located outside of the Greater Brisbane Area will need to fund travel and accommodation for the two-day workshop in March
Last updated 22 March 2018