Increasing Critical Thinking with Higher Order Thinking

Foster Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills in the Classroom.

Date for This Event

  • June 17, 2024 at the Learning-Focused Training Center in Asheville, NC

Attendees will leave the event with:

A deep understanding of Higher Order Thinking Strategies and how they impact critical thinking.

A deep understanding of Higher Order Thinking Strategies and how they impact critical thinking.

Plan lessons to teach students how to use specific Higher Order Thinking strategies and processes

Plan lessons to teach students how to use specific Higher Order Thinking strategies and processes.

Embed Higher Order Thinking across various subjects.

Embed Higher Order Thinking across various subjects.

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Transform Your Teaching with the Power of Higher Order Thinking

We recognize educators' challenges in today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, such as integrating higher order thinking skills amidst curriculum constraints, limited resources, and the need for more comprehensive training. This event is our response to these challenges that teachers face.

Join us to refine educational approaches that embed critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving into everyday teaching practices. We understand that nurturing a generation of thinkers and problem-solvers requires more than theoretical knowledge. It demands practical tools, innovative strategies, and a supportive community of educators.

Increase Critical Thinking with Higher Order Thinking is designed to bridge the existing gap between traditional teaching methods and the dynamic needs of contemporary education.

We aim to equip you with effective strategies and insights to overcome common hurdles in implementing higher order thinking in the classroom. This interactive professional learning opportunity will provide hands-on application and collaborative discussions to help you gain valuable skills and resources to enhance your teaching methodologies and foster an environment where higher order thinking thrives.

Whether you're grappling with resource limitations, seeking ways to align your teaching with higher order thinking, or looking for professional growth, this event promises to address these needs. Be part of a transformative educational movement that empowers educators and students. Embrace this opportunity to teach and inspire a future generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

Why You Should Attend?

Are you looking to transform your student's learning experiences so they can meet the demands of the 21st-century classroom? Attendees will learn how Higher Order Thinking impacts student creativity, academic achievement, and decision-making skills. By attending, you’ll be at the forefront of educational innovation, equipped to foster life skills beyond the textbook.

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    Address the Educational Gap with Confidence

    This event is your chance to be part of the solution. We provide educators with the tools and strategies to fill this gap, ensuring that all students benefit from a more engaging and comprehensive education. If you've ever felt frustrated with the need to increase the rigor of your curriculum, this is the place to start.

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    Transform Challenges into Opportunities

    As educators, we often face the challenge of integrating within the constraints of existing curriculums and resources. This event is specifically designed to address these challenges. You'll learn from experienced professionals how to navigate and overcome these hurdles, turning potential obstacles into opportunities for growth and innovation in your classroom.

By attending, you’re not just signing up for another seminar but stepping into a realm of educational transformation. Here, you’ll find not just answers to your current teaching challenges but also a community of like-minded professionals striving to make a real difference in the world of education.

Join us, and be part of shaping the future of teaching and learning in K-12 education.

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1st Grade Students Comparing and Contrasting

Your Facilitator

Dustin Dalton

Dustin joined the education profession 20+ years ago as an Elementary teacher. Since that time he has served students and teachers as a Lead Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, Coach, Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, and is currently Director of Instruction for the Penns Valley Area School District. Dustin has presented at multiple conferences including the Pennsylvania School Improvement Conference, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum, and the Positive School Wide Behavior Intervention Conference. He believes that every student should have access to a high quality education and that begins with a focus on instruction.


Learning Goals

You Will Be Able To...

  • Justify the importance of Higher Order Thinking.
  • Embed Higher Order Thinking across various subjects.
  • Tailor activities to suit different age groups and learning abilities.
  • Use collaborative and project-based learning to stimulate higher order thinking.
  • Plan lessons to teach students how to use specific Higher Order Thinking strategies and processes.
  • Increase student's ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information.
  • Plan meaningful and challenging standards-driven lesson assignments that integrate content, grade level writing expectations and Higher Order Thinking.

You Will Know...

  • The characteristics of Higher Order Thinking questions and assignments.
  • The Four Levels of Learning and how they expand on Bloom’s and Webb’s taxonomies to increase the depth of knowledge and rigor.
  • The importance of emphasizing Higher Order Thinking in lessons and instruction.
  • Higher Order Thinking strategies and processes and the vocabulary and steps associated with each.
  • Characteristics of challenging assignments.

What You Receive

In addition to learning from a Learning-Focused expert,
participants will receive a trainer kit that includes the following resources and materials:

  • Strategies in Action: Higher Order Thinking book
  • Higher Order Thinking flipchart
  • Higher Order Thinking course
  • Critical Thinking with Higher Order Thinking Book
  • Lifetime membership to Learning-Focused Online (online platform for all trainer, teacher, and leadership resources)

When and Where

At Learning-Focused Training Center


  • 200 District Dr. Ste 001, Asheville, NC 28803


  • June 17, 2024


  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LF Center

Our training center is designed for intimate training, with only 22 spots available.  We aim to provide a wonderful learning experience to help you grow your network through collaboration.

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Registration for the institute is $135 per person.

Registration includes snacks, drinks, coffee, and other goodies.

Learning is better in teams! Register three people and receive a $35 discount off the third registration fee!

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis only. To secure your spot, we must receive a signed quote.