About

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Summary

TeachThought is an idea and brand dedicated to innovation in K-12 education. This is pursued by growing teaching through thought leadership, professional development, resource curation, curriculum development, podcast publishing, and collaboration with organizations around the world.

Our Mission

TeachThought’s mission is to innovate education through the growth of innovative teachers.

Our Background & Timeline

TeachThought was founded in 2012 as a blog dedicated to thought leadership and the development of learning models and frameworks to create transparency for new possibilities in teaching and learning for a modern circumstance.

In 2016, TeachThought began offering professional development for schools and districts.

In 2017, TeachThought held its first Grow education conference in Louisville, Ky.

In 2018, TeachThought began the initial development of teaching materials and curricula to support teachers in innovation in their own classrooms.

In 2019, TeachThought began developing TeachThought University, an on-demand learning platform for teachers which will launch in 2021.

In 2020, reeling from COVID like the rest of the world, we focused on streamlining our workflow and becoming more efficient internally in terms of our content, growth, and development.

In 2021, we are currently alpha testing courses for teachers–and we really think you’re going to love it. : )

Moving forward, among other efforts hope to begin planning on a series of TeachThought schools based on a TeachThought learning model in 2022 and beyond.

Our Purpose

TeachThought was founded and is directed by Terry Heick, an author and former classroom teacher interested in rethinking how we think about K-12 teaching and learning.

One of the underlying principles of TeachThought is that leading should result in personal and social change and that its modes and design can be planned backward from that kind of consideration. Our content, professional development, and all related work are driven by that approach.

We are dedicated to supporting educators in innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st-century audience. This starts with ideas and resources for K-20 teachers through our site, and extends to our design of school models, learning models, curriculum, technology, apps, and other learning tools through collaborations with other organizations.

What We Do

Develop content (blog posts, eBooks, eCourses, video, podcasts, etc.)

Provide industry-leading professional development

Develop 21st-century curriculum

Publish physical and digital content (from books to podcasts to video and more)

Create visibility for innovative education products and services

Consult for various education projects

Contact

TeachThought can be reached via our contact page.

More About Our Director

Terry Heick is a former English teacher turned education dreamer who is interested in how learning is changing in a digital and connected world. This includes, among other changes, the rise of self-directed learning, and the need to evaluate existing content and curriculum in light of modern knowledge demands.

In short, he is interested in what students learn, how they learn it, and what they tend to do with what they learn.

He is also interested in student-centered learning, the power of questions, the role of play in learning, clarifying digital literacy, the flexibility of project-based learning, marrying mobile learning and place-based education (especially through mentoring), the potential of video games and simulations in learning, what it really means to ‘understand’ something, and how all of this produces wisdom and self-knowledge in students.

Influences

It is our position that all learning should result in substantive personal and social change (as opposed to academic training).

Our ideas are heavily influenced by a wide variety of thinkers, from Wendell Berry to Elon Musk, Sam Harris to Kurt Vonnegut. This concept includes the relationship between culture, communities, and the institutions and curriculum purported to serve them, as well as emerging technologies and media.

Legal And Related

Though we are first teachers, we also act as publishers. Therefore, we make every effort to both understand and comply with all laws, policies, and regulations. We don’t publish misleading content–in fact, we refuse to publish anything we don’t believe pushes education forward somehow.

If you believe that we’ve made a mistake somehow with the use of attribution, linking, images, etc.–e.g., incorrect use of Creative Commons licensing materials–please contact us and we will address the matter immediately.

As creatives ourselves, we take the matter of copyright infringement, copy/pasting, content scraping, and other related activities seriously. The digital landscape is an important part of what we do and is a matter of digital citizenship we value. For any such issues, takedown requests, etc., please email us or our Director, Terry Heick.

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