CTT Summer Institute

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CTT Summer Institute 2018






A two week program

2nd – 7th of July, 2018 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

9th -14th of July, 2018 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

You can register for Week 1, Week 2, or both weeks!



July 2 – 7, 2018; 9:30am – 5:30pm

What do TBL lessons accomplish and how can they be designed and taught?

Many schools today have recognized that the standard instructional methodology that emphasizes memory and rote learning, reinforced by standard textbooks, is ineffective in leading to either deep or lasting learning on the part of most of their students. The first week of the 2017 CTT Summer Institute will be devoted to an in-depth examination of the instructional strategies that have made Thinking-Based Learning extremely effective as an alternative in schools around the world.

TBL will be introduced to the participants in this course through demonstrations of TBL lessons in which students are taught a number of different thinking skills that they then use to explore important curricular content in greater depth than ever achieved in memory-based instruction.

As we do this we will show how these lessons weave examples of a cluster of special instructional techniques to produce a powerful classroom methodology for TBL that yields rich thinking, deep understanding, and lasting learning.

We will give special attention to the impact of TBL on student literacy: on their reading and writing skills. We will especially focus on what teachers can do to help students translate good thinking into good writing and other forms of effective communication.

The classroom demonstrations of TBL lessons will be drawn from actual classroom practice and will include examples incorporating a number of analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills, as well as skillful decision making and problem solving infused into content instruction at different grade levels and in different subject areas. We will pay special attention to what teachers of 3, 4, and 5 year-old children have been able to accomplish in starting their students to learn how to stop and think, as well as how much teachers in the primary through baccalaureate grades have accomplished through TBL. Participants will have a chance to develop their own ideas for TBL lessons based on what they teach.

Week 1 is the first step in the process of being certified as a TBL teacher.



July 9 – 14, 2018; 9:30am – 5:30pm

In Week 2 we will explore ways of breaking new ground in TBL to meet some of the special challenges to making TBL work equally well in all classrooms. So we have invited Antonio Marquez, Jose Blas, Paulina Bánfalvi, and Oscar Campo to share what they have been working on. They write:

“The objective in our presentation will be to explore how TBL lessons can be structured to respect and challenge diversity in the classroom in order to achieve the objectives of true inclusion classrooms. From the needs for learning disable students to high capacity students, we will show how TBL lessons can provide a cooperative frame in which every student finds an opportunity to go further and deeper in their learning processes and in their thinking skills development but at the same time shares their results with the other students. In particular we will show SI participants how to first design TBL lessons that offer to every student an opportunity to improve their communication in both collaborative group work and the classroom as a whole – even including blind students and those that have trouble hearing. But then we will show how to maximize learning synergies between students as they practice specific thinking skills to engage with a common content focus. This will involve showing how exposure to raw material that relates to specific content themes can be structured into multi-level learning challenges that especially engage high-ability students but at the same time mesh with the levels of engagement of the other students. And in all of this we will give participants the opportunity to develop ideas for incorporating these techniques into their own TBL teaching.”

The second theme for Week 2 will involve the role that metacognitionthinking about our thinking — can play in TBL classrooms. We will demystify metacognition and show how teachers can use certain strategies and structures that help students think about the thinking they are doing in TBL activities in ways that help them develop the ability to take charge of their own thinking and think for themselves with no one prompting and guiding them. One main emphasis as we explore this theme will be what teachers can do in the classroom to foster the development of these abilities even starting with 4 and 5-year old students.

We will build on these ideas and examine classroom techniques that can help students to then transfer the careful thinking they have learned through TBL in their classrooms to their lives outside of school. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their own ideas for such extensions.

Robert Swartz will be joined by Carol McGuinness to guide this segment of Week 2.

This week is a natural complement to Week 1. It will be structured so that participants who have not attended Week 1 but have had some experience with TBL in other contexts will also be able to participate fully.

2018 CTT Summer Institute General Information:


This year we have decided to have the 28th annual Summer Institute in Madrid, Spain, again. We hope you will enjoy your stay. Madrid is one of the most vibrant and wonderful cities in the world and we do hope you can join us in July to enjoy the varied and highly attractive cultural, shopping and leisure opportunities, and the other participants in what we are sure will be a highly engaging Summer Institute!

Location of Program

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos:
Telephone: 914 88 78 00
C/ Quintana, 21, 28008 Madrid.   Room 401
By subway: Argüelles (lines 3, 4 and 6) and Ventura Rodríguez (line 3) stations


CTT will provide translation services from English to Spanish for anyone who needs it.


The cost of the 2018 program depends on when you register and for how many weeks. We are also, for the first time, providing discounts for teachers who teach at TBL Certified schools! The full cost of each week is 650€. If you select both weeks when you register you will receive a discount. If you register before May 1, 2018 you receive a discount. In addition, if you are a teacher at a TBL certified school you get a discount. Lunches and beverage breaks for each day of the program are included in this price, as well as books and materials. Please follow the directions below if you fall into one of these groups, discount packages cannot be combined.

Early Bird Special:

If you register before May 1, 2018, you will receive 50€ off each week of your registration, making the price either 600€ or 1200€. Please use the pull down menu below for early registration.

Special for Teachers from Certified TBL Schools!

A special discount for teachers from certified TBL schools has also been set up. To receive this discount you will be given a special password if you write to us and provide your first and last name, and the name and location of the school you are from and we will provide access to your special registration form to receive $100 off each week.


We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay with your bank account. The system we use to do this is PayPal and it is very easy to use. For more information about PayPal, follow this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/camp/choose-how-you-pay. If you have any questions, you can contact Noemi Rosado at nrosado@teach-think.org



Area of three buildings with gardens all enclosed within a beautiful residential area: Colonia del Viso

  • Organization: Pere Tarrés Foundation
  • Address: C / Darro, 21 – 28002 Madrid (Colonia del Viso) behind the football stadium Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Telephone: +34 91 563 97 16
  • Email: residence@peretarres.org
  • Website: www.peretarres.org/residencia
  • Type of Residence: University Building
  • Means of transport: By Metro: Arguelles station
  • Date: July 2018
  • Services which include:
  1. Breakfast and dinner from Monday to Sunday. Every day of the week. Homemade food. Mediterranean diet
  2. Room cleaning.
  3. Services of sheets and towels
  4. Internet connection by cable in the room and wifi throughout the Residence
  5. Laundry self-service
  6. Gym
  7. Study room
  8. Computer room
  9. Three TV rooms
  10. Gardens with leisure and sports areas
  11. Free opening hours
  12. 24 hour surveillance
  • Price:
  1. Single Room: € 50 / day with VAT (one week course)
  2. Single Room: 45 € / day with VAT (two weeks course)
  3. Double Room: 45 € / day with VAT / per person (one week course)
  4. Double Room: € 40 / day with VAT (course two weeks)


Bookings are closed for this event.