Robert collaborating with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Addis Ababa.
Robert Seth Price
Global Network Development Creative
Visioning and Implementing
Sustainable Organizational Change
Robert, as a Global Network Development Creative is a person who builds a critical mass of support for a given model, and then develops it as a standard in an area or region that is subject to network effects. The Global Network Development Officer creates and promotes the use of a particular model or method through presentations, hands-on professional development, media articles, blogging, user demonstrations, recorded demonstrations, and/or the creation of sample projects.
National Urban Alliance CEO Yvette Jackson
Professional collaborations include: Thinking Foundation; Thinking Schools International; Designs for Thinking; Initiative Africa, Tigray Development Association; Addis Ababa Education Bureau (Ethiopia); National Urban Alliance (video above with NUA CEO Yvette Jackson); Morino Institute; Connecticut Voices for Children; Graustein Memorial Fund; Successful Teachers - Accelerated Learning; more...
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’ where we focus on designing the physical space with the ‘Frame of the Child’ as a root understanding. The ‘Frame of the Child’ respects and understands the child’s frame of reference in regards to how children see, sense, use and interface within the environment. And how the teacher is intentional with their choices, decisions and actions. The teacher’s decisions:
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 14 January 2016
Recent Publications by Robert Seth Price
Education & NGO Collaborations
For the past seven years Robert has collaborated with Thinking Foundation founder David Hyerle (developer of Thinking Maps). His roles as Global Network Development Officer include collaboratively visioning and implementing the Thinking Foundations mission and goals; on-site action research support; internet + website development and implementation; case studies development; documentation with video and 2D design; video editing, film producing, handbook and guides development, writing, professional development; more.
Principals from 33 Ethiopian government schools reflect on Thinking Schools training facilitated by Robert and his Ethiopian Thinking Schools colleagues.
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Tigray Development Association
& Initiative Africa
For the past five years Robert has been collaborating with the visioning, development and implementation of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Eastern Africa. Beginning as a grass roots effort there is now an extensive pilot project in collaboration with Tigray Development Association, Initiative Africa, Thinking Schools International / Ethiopia and Thinking Foundation. The Tigray collaboration includes 36 laboratory model schools. There are 3 laboratory schools each in 12 different Woredas (municipalities) including 2 primary and 1 secondary in each Woreda. Whole school training of the laboratory model schools includes:
The Thinking Schools approach includes:
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 and collaborators of this project include Initiative Africa; SIDA; Tigray Development Association; Thinking Foundation; Thinking Maps Inc.; Sennheiser.
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®
He is one of the best presenters I have ever observed. He is organized, well-prepared, and sensitive to the climate and the audience. I am impressed by his commitment to excellence, diverse work experiences, and loyalty to his employer. He is a dedicated worker/trainer/consultant.
Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Ph.D., Associate Professor
College of Social Work, Ohio State University
Film, Video, Documentation, Student Voice
Documentary & Documentation: Filmmaker, Producer, Student Voice, School & Non-Profit
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.Minds of Mississippi on the Thinking Foundation website: www.thinkingfoundation.org/mom/
• Download the Minds of Mississippi Handbook
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.
Current examples of project documentation include action research, use of video, reflective print material, case study examples, and more.
The Roosevelt Union Free School District project with Designs for Thinking was documented by me. I interviewed teachers, students, district leadership and consultants with this district wide Thinking Schools and Thinking Maps project. The documentation included video and 2D print posters and documents:
Thinking Schools International
Robert is a Global Trainer for TSI which 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 used in Thinking Schools International Trainings. This includes both the Thinking Schools Teachers and Facilitators guides.
Download highlights including contents & index
Robert facilitating a lesson with Thinking Maps in Kawasaki City, Japan.
Driving: Nash Metropolitan
Below: Vintage Video from Hoffer Elementary. To see the 'vintage' Hoffer Elementary School collaborations (including the video clips below) with the University of California Photography Museum and in class project based work by 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students over a five year period click here.
• Click here to watch more vintage Hoffer. And...
• click here to see vintage Hoffer Elementary online at the University of California Photo Museum website.
Addis Ababa Education Bureau Model Schools Leadership Teams Thinking Schools Ethiopia Training 16-17 June 2014