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Who We Are:

Richard Cummins

Richard Cummins

Director / CEO

Richard has always been passionate about understanding how we learn. Together with Professor Burden of the University of Exeter he has developed an approach which is having a significant impact on the teaching of thinking in schools in the UK and abroad.

David Hyerle

David Hyerle

Director / Research and Development

David is the developer of the Thinking Maps model and author of the primary training resources for implementing Thinking Maps. Presently, David is the President of Designs for Thinking and Founding Director of Thinking Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting research, development and advocacy for thinking as being the foundation for schools around the world.  Read this article that charts David’s background in thinking.

Larry Alper

Larry Alper

Director / Global Trainer

Larry is Co-Director of Designs for Thinking, leading implementations of Thinking Maps in whole schools while also supporting schools and school systems in developing long term plans for implementing these tools. During the last four years of an 18 year career as an elementary school principal in Brattleboro, Vermont Larry facilitated the successful implementation of Thinking Maps and Software and Write From the Beginning. He also investigated how he and his colleagues could use Thinking Maps as collaborative tools for building leadership capacity. This process led him to co-author the guide and training, Thinking Maps: A Language for Leadership with David Hyerle and the recently published research on this work, Developing Connective Leadership: Successes with Thinking Maps (Solution Tree, 2011) with Kim Williams and David Hyerle.

Nick Symes

Nick Symes

International Director / Global Trainer

Nick spent 27 years in teaching, 10 of those as a Deputy Headteacher in a large and thriving comprehensive before setting up his own very successful education consultancy. An accomplished and adaptable trainer and facilitator, Nick specialises in building partnerships, designing and delivering training programmes.

Robert Price

Robert Price

Director / Global Trainer

Robert has over twenty years experience working with urban schools, school districts, foundations, universities and non-profit organizations. He focuses particularly on improving interpersonal communication; establishing sound management practices; developing planning methods, and; implementing change throughout the organization. Robert believes there is no single recipe for creating a great school or organization. In his experience successful schools and organizations share many common traits. His collaboration applies these traits to achieving your vision.
Photo:  Robert in Addis Ababa Ethiopia using the Growing Thinking Schools Guide. 

Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams

Training Director / Global Trainer

Teresa is a former secondary Headteacher who maintained a career-long interest in both the creation of a relevant and enriching secondary curriculum and the development, for students, of transportable, personal skills. Teresa has considerable experience in school leadership development, team working and organisational change.

Gerard Murphy

Gerard Murphy

Director / Consultant

Gerard Murphy has 25 years in education leadership with 13 as Head Teacher of a large 11-18 comprehensive school. He has presented on 21st Century  Learning  at leading educational conferences around the world and is also co -author of the successful Creating Lifelong Learners with the updated 2nd edition now available.  His experience includes central and local government secondments.

Roger Sutcliffe

Roger Sutcliffe

Director / Global Trainer

Roger taught at both primary and secondary level for 20 years before becoming a founding member of SAPERE, the Philosophy for Children charity, and subsequently President of ICPIC, its international equivalent. One of P4C’s leading trainers, he believes strongly in developing caring and collaborative thinking in the classroom as well as critical and creative thinking. He has written extensively in the field of thinking skills, and has served on the editorial board of various journals, including ‘Teaching Thinking and Creativity’.

Estee Lopez

Estee Lopez

Director / Global Trainer

Dr. Estee Lopez is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in empowering educators of diverse learners engage in developing higher cognitive, language and academic performance by reframing our beliefs and practices about how linguistically diverse students learn.  She is a global trainer for Thinking School International, Designs for Thinking, National Urban Alliance, Lopez Consulting Group and currently assistant professor at the College of New Rochelle.  She has dedicated to help educators use their national standards to focus on cognitive development.  She has served public education for over 37 years in the capacity of teacher, staff developer, consultant, principal, school district administrator for instructional programs. She is an author for the National Professional Resources and has written for the IDIOM of NYSTESOL. She is one of the Authors for the upcoming book on Thinking Schools.  Her research on the use of cognitive models for language and literacy development is a breakthrough on how to accelerate language and intelligence.   

 
Helen O’Donoghue

Helen O’Donoghue

TSI Consultant

Helen O’Donoghue has been an international educator for more than twenty five years. She has been the Principal of two large international schools and most recently was the Executive Head teacher of two Free Schools in London. She is passionate about children’s learning and helping schools improve and become more learning focused.  Her key strength is working with schools from their unique starting point, coaching and mentoring them on their journey to become more learning focused.

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