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Robert collaborating with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Addis Ababa.

Robert Seth Price
Robert's current interest and focus is with whole school change through a transformational design process. Simply, how can we collaboratively and thoughtfully affect learning outcomes as a process for our whole community, our future, our children. Being an 'older parent' helps frame his reflections, dialogues, and thinking —  as does his recent work with Thinking Foundation, Thinking Schools International, Thinking Schools Ethiopia and Designs for Thinking.

National Urban Alliance CEO Yvette Jackson

Professional collaborations include: Thinking Foundation, Thinking Schools International, Designs for Thinking, Eminence Social Entrepreneurs (Ethiopia), Initiative Africa, National Urban Alliance (video above with NUA CEO Yvette Jackson); Morino Institute; Connecticut Voices for Children; Graustein Memorial Fund; Successful Teachers - Accelerated Learning; others...

Structuring Thinking Environments
Thinking Environments, a professional development model, is an awareness, understanding and a process focused upon the design, interface and impact with the environment of the physical learning space. The environment is ‘The Third Teacher’ (Reggio Emilia) where we focus on designing the physical space with the ‘Image of the Child’ as a root understanding. The ‘Image of the Child’ (Reggio Emilia) respects and understands the child’s frame of reference in regards to how children see, sense, use and interface within the environment. The teacher’s decisions:

  • with intentionality — impact the classroom and school’s environment.
  • are crucial to the quality outcomes of the children and youth’s learning experiences and how they model the children.
  • become a model to how students learn to consider using their environment: in school, home and the greater community.

• Download the handbook front matter
• Contact Robert for professional development

Equality in Education
The Ethiopia project frames my thinking on equality in education: The Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) approach is a whole school systems approach that building capacity inside out developing a foundation that is reflective, sustainable, collaborative and replicable. TSE is part of a greater global collaboration that supports multi-directional development. Multi-directional development is a belief system and model where all participants recognize their own capacity for aiding the others globally: ideas and innovation originate within and across ALL places globally. The Thinking Schools Ethiopia training uses research based thinking methods that are life long skills for use with problem solving in school, life and work.
Download chapter on TSE Project from forthcoming Corwin Press (2014) book

Robert collaborating with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Southern Nations (SNNPRS).

Having worked closely with Robert Price for nearly three years, I can say uncategorically that it was a delight and privilege! Robert brings enthusiasm, energy, intellect, and artistry to all he does.
Linda Robinson, Principal Seattle Public Schools

Robert Price is an amazing teacher and an incredibly effective and innovative teacher educator. He brings the talents of a master educator as well as the skills of a designer and entrepreneur to a project, making sure that along with great results there are an equally well executed collaborative process and documentation.
Andrea Schorr, Alameda Point Collective, Gates Foundation, Morino Institute

I have loved working with and getting to know Bob Price. He has been very generous in sharing his gifts with me. I will ever be challenged to "walk the talk" when I think about Bob and his work with teachers and students!.
Stefanie Rome, Senior Manager of 5E Training, UChicago Impact

Robert is an exceptional teacher. He is aware of what students are doing and attentive to how students are thinking. Any single behavior of a teacher can convey important message to students. Every time I observed his demonstration lessons, I was awestruck with how he decides whom he asks a question and how he responds to student’s body languages.
Hiromi Pingry Teacher, John Stanford International School, Seattle Public Schools

Ato Dilamo Ottore – Head of Addis Ababa Education Bureau speaks about Thinking Schools Ethiopia (2014). Video is in Amharic with English subtitles. If you don’t see the subtitles click on the cc icon to activate the subtitles.

Page updated 11 August 2014

Education & NGO Collaborations
Thinking Foundation
For the past seven years Robert has collaborated with Thinking Foundation founder David Hyerle (developer of Thinking Maps). His roles have included collaboratively visioning and implementing the Thinking Foundations mission and goals; on-site action research support; internet + website development and implementation; case studies development; field work; video editing, film producing, handbook development, writing, more.

Thinking Schools International
Current collaboration with David Hyerle and Richard Cummins includes projects in USA, UK, Malaysia (whole country), Brazil, South Africa, Ethiopia and others. Robert co-authored with David Hyerle the development and writing of Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out — Thinking Schools Teachers and Facilitators guides.
Download highlights including contents & index

A brief film on Thinking Schools Ethiopia (2014).

Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Eminence Social Entrepreneurs
For the past four years Robert has been collaborating with the visioning, development and implementation of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project. Beginning as a grass roots effort there is now an agreement between TSE and the Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB) of 300+ government schools to implement TSE. The Ethiopia Thinking Schools project is a collaboration of Thinking Schools International and Eminence Social Entrepreneurs (Ethiopia). Thinking Foundation has provided initial support in piloting a Thinking Schools approach in Ethiopian public (government) schools, private schools, and NGOs. The Thinking Schools approach includes:

  • visual mapping - the use of visual tools to map out ideas. (e.g. Thinking Maps)
  • collaborative networking - community building methods (e.g. Augusto Boal); collaborative learning; collegial coaching
  • reflective questioning - high quality questioning and listening skills (e.g. shared inquiry, questioning for inquiry)
  • thinking skills - use of cognitive processes
  • designing a thinking environment - considering how the physical space is organize and resources used
  • developing dispositions - characteristics, dispositions, and Habits of Mind are engaged
  • action research - ongoing assessment and documentation

The learner centered Thinking Schools appoaches provide a foundation for the writing, reading, math, science, arts, and other disciplines.

Robert facilitating professional development with educators in Hossana, Ethiopia.

They provide a common language to explore, discover and learn in a collaborative environment that supports and sustains the creativity of the educational community. Action research grants for Ethiopian educators is an important component for developing a network of practice and research within the Ethiopian education community. Supporters of this project include Thinking Foundation; Thinking Maps Inc.; Sennheiser.

Principals from 33 Ethiopian government schools reflect on Thinking Schools training facilitated by Robert and his Ethiopian Thinking Schools colleagues.

I have had the honor of working with Robert Price for almost 10 years during which time I have been awed by his sterling skills, talent, and deep commitment. These superlative qualities of Robert have been the bases for our organization, the National Urban Alliance, to distinguish him as a Resident Scholar. In this capacity he has coached other NUA consultants, demonstrating exceptional creativity in instructional practices that engage and advance the learning of both teachers and students.
Yvette Jackson, National Urban Alliance CEO, Author Pedagogy of Confidence

Developing presentations with Robert is an inspiring, intellectually challenging, and joyful experience. He has great skill at sniffing out the connections among disparate ideas. He spreads his enthusiasm and quest for discovery to all he meets through his playful, exploratory approach.
Nazz Hosseini - Recording Artist - Sound Path, Gestalt Therapist

Robert Price is a natural researcher. His wide range of experiences in the field heighten his capacity to structure research designs, conduct field studies, sift through raw data, analytically interpret the data, and share what he has found with others. Robert is an independent researcher as he is unrelenting in his cross discipline and cross cultural search into the use of new technologies for learning that support what research tells us are best teaching practices. Along the way, as a seasoned teacher, he creates new best practices.
David Hyerle, Founder of Thinking Foundation, Author, Developer of Thinking Maps®

Read m o r e reflections

Film, Video, Documentation, Student Voice
Documentary & Documentation: Filmmaker, Producer, Student Voice, School & Non-Profit

Heart Project Documentary Film: The HeArt Project (above), an out of school program that creatively links teenagers attending alternative high schools work with professional artists in workshops, public presentations, residencies, and scholarships. Directed & filming by Robert Price with filming and editing by Charles Jones.

Robert is a co-producer for Minds of Mississippi (2013), a Thinking Foundation funded documentary film. The story captures the efforts of the educators and community improving the achievement levels of their students through a focus on thinking, and becoming the top performing school district in the state of Mississippi which they continue to sustain today even after the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. Robert also conceptualized, designed and was the co-author of accompanying film handbook to initiate change with whole school communities.
• Download the Minds of Mississippi Handbook

Minds of Mississippi on the Thinking Foundation website:
• Download the Minds of Mississippi Handbook

Project Documentation
Current examples of project documentation include action research, use of video, reflective print material, case study examples, and more.

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Student Voice Projects
Robert has collaborated with many student centered projects at all levels including Elementary, Secondary, Pre-K, and University. Go here to read, see video, and learn more.

Recent Print Publications by Robert

  • Growing Thinking Schools Inside Out - Handbook for Thinking Schools International (2011) Download highlights (pdf)
  • Minds of Mississippi Handbook to accompany the documentary film (2013)
  • Chapter on Thinking Schools Ethiopia
    in Pathways to Thinking Schools book (2014, Corwin Press)
  • Structuring Thinking Environments (2013)

Robert facilitating a lesson with Thinking Maps in Kawasaki City, Japan.

In a Previous Era
Music: Robert co-owned a record label, Hot Fudge Productions, that focused on Flexible Picture Phonograph Records... (below left)

Driving: Nash Metropolitan

Below: Vintage Video from Hoffer Elementary.
• Click here to watch more vintage Hoffer.
click here to see vintage Hoffer Elementary online at the University of California Photo Museum website.

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Addis Ababa Education Bureau Model Schools Leadership Teams Thinking Schools Ethiopia Training 16-17 June 2014