Grass Roots Change
Robert Seth Price
Robert Seth Price’s experiences include teaching at the K-12 and university levels. He offers full day and multi-day trainings on domestic and international stages. He designs and facilitates professional development trainings with whole school districts, individual schools, hospitals, and non-profit organizations.
Robert understands the power of lived stories. He uses the student’s and participant’s voices as part of his integration. He incorporates technology, social media, art, and music into his trainings. He understands networking; system development; grass roots project development; progressive education implementation; and facilitating professional leadership development.
"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
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Robert collaborating with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Tigray Ethiopia (2015). The Tigray project includeds 37 model schools in 12 Woredas in collaboration with Tigray Development Association and administered by Initiative Africa for a Girl’s Empowerment Whole School Change grant from SIDA (Swedish Development Agency).
What I Do
Robert collaborating with National Urban Alliance (NUA) CEO Yvette Jackson on training for NUA national consultants.
"I have had the honor of working with Robert for almost 10 years during which time I have been awed by his sterling skills, talent, and deep commitment. Robert Price is the quintessential teacher, presenter, and facilitator! He has guided NUA management as well as Board of Education members and community leaders of the districts in which we have partnerships in dialogue for developing vision and goal setting."
Yvette Jackson, Ed.D. Executive Director
National Urban Alliance
Developing 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. An awareness with 'intentionality'. 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 ‘in the eyes 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:
"I have loved working with and getting to know Robert 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 Robert and his work with teachers and students."
Stefanie Rome, Senior Manager of 5E Training, UChicago Impact
Equality in Education
The Ethiopia project provides perspective on my thinking with equality in education. The Thinking Schools Ethiopia (TSE) approach is a systems approach that builds whole school (and organization) capacity from the 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 the belief system and model that all people recognize and honor their own capacity for supporting one another 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 problem solving skills for school, in life and with work.
Download chapter on TSE Project from forthcoming Corwin Press (2014) book
Robert collaborating with the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Southern Nations (SNNPRS).
"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
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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.
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.
Ethiopia Ministry of Education Strategy Center faciltated by Robert Seth Price and Dagim Melese.
"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.
These professional skills come from from Robert's intellectual honesty and interest in new findings from practice and research, his insightful questioning techniques, and his technical expertise. I have observed him working in classrooms, bringing learners together in a circle with himself on the inside edge of the circle demonstrating a teaching-learning skill. He then may ask others to observe, as researchers, what is happening so they become the center of learning. At the same time, Robert may be videotaping the event and turn to replay the images on a laptop, asking participants to reflect on what occurred. This blend of high quality teaching with the use of technology embodies what is needed in classrooms and research in the 21st century."
David Hyerle, Ed.D. Founding Director, Thinking Foundation; Creator of Thinking Maps
National Urban Alliance • www.nuatc.org
New York City, NY 1997 – current
Senior Consultant and Mentor including whole district projects currently with Elizabeth Public Schools in New Jersey and Osseo School District in Minneapolis, Minnesota. View short video clips from the June 2017 trainings in Osseo School District.
Osseo School District - Professional Development
"I had the privilege of sharing many of the things I learned from my time with you at NUA. Truth be told, you Robert were THE instructor that people who attendees remembered VIVIDLY. The excitement that I brought to the room in sharing your strategies awakened many people to a new way of seeing CLEAR. I switched from 19 Years at 5th grade to teaching 2nd grade...and it is coming alive with what I learned. Thank you."
Leslie Green, Osseo Public Schools Teacher
June 2017 Professional Development
Elizabeth Public Schools - School 13
"I would like to thank you Robert for your passionate facilitation of the Pedagogy of Confidence and the implementation of the various components of the strategies. It was indeed the kind of contagion that is crucial when educating school dependent students. In reflecting on Winfield Scott School 2's collaboration with NUA, I could not help but notice how the strategies provided tools for our students to engage in their academic tasks on an empowered level. When questioned, they stated that they found the tools very helpful and their work product was indicative of that. From activities designed to get our students attention, to discussion strategies and protocols that resulted in meaningful student discourse, the Pedagogy of Confidence definitely awakened a degree of academic self-efficacy previously not present in many of our most challenging students."
Dr. Lyle Moseley, Principal School 2
Elizabeth Public Schools Spring 2017
Feb 2017 – July 2017
Writing critical thinking skills and methods into curriculum for textile workers in Ethiopia.
Examples of Modules
Learning 1to1 Foundation • l1to1.com/en/spa/
Columbia; Miami, FL
Feb 2016 – June 2017
Pedagogy based school change organization. Writing curriculum for high school that supports students being autonomous learners, and educators leaders of autonomy. Paolo Friere rooted philosophical groundings with origins in South America and currently includes USA collaborations.
Thinking Design Healthcare Ethiopia
Mekelle University Health Sciences
St. Paul's Millenium Hospital and College
2015 – current
Thinking Design is a systems approach that uses practical research based methods to assure a healthy organization that supports and grows effective communication with and between leadership and the whole organization. It uses tools that thoughtfully and effectively communicate ideas within and outside organization to create collaborations.
Global Network Development including creating and promoting the use of a particular model or method through presentations, hands-on professional development, media articles, blogging, user and recorded demonstrations, programming and development of technology systems, and/or the creation of sample projects. Extensive development of online action research documenting visual tools for the founder David Hyerle, who created Thinking Maps®.
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Tigray Development Association
and Initiative Africa
For the past seven years Robert has been collaborating with the visioning, development and implementation of the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Eastern Africa with a focus on quality education for all. Beginning as a grass roots effort started by Robert, there is now an extensive pilot project in collaboration with Tigray Development Association, Initiative Africa, Thinking Schools International / Ethiopia and Thinking Foundation.
"Robert has been exceptionally instrumental starting from the design to all training for the Thinking Schools Ethiopia project in Tigray [2014-present]. On my part I have never seen a trainer who is as physically and emotionally involved, both heart and mind, as Robert."
Dr. Taddele Hagos, Executive Director
Tigray Development Association Executive Director
The Tigray collaboration includes 36 model laboratory schools with 3 model 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 student centered Thinking Schools appoaches provide a foundation for the writing, reading, math, science, arts, and across all disciplines and grade levels.
Robert facilitating professional development with educators in Hossana, Ethiopia.
"Robert is energetic, vibrant, carefully observing trainer. It is not that difficult to understand theory and have conceptual grasp of things but it is a whole different thing to animate and change them into life consistently and in a disciplined manner. What is formidable about Robert is the rooted nature of his energies, efforts, visions, and other qualities in his personal care, love, heart and mind. Since what he does is deep rooted in what he is as a person it is only natural that he is the way he is.
His impact is always with me. And I am always thankful and grateful to have ever known him."
Dagim Melese - Co-Lead Country Trainer
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
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Other projects in Ethiopia include with Addis Ababa Education Bureau, SNNPRS Education Bureau, St. Paul's Millenium Hospital and Medical College, Mekelle University Health Sciences, BSR.org collaboration for critical thinking with female textile workers. Supporters and collaborators of this project include Initiative Africa; SIDA; Tigray Development Association; Thinking Foundation; Thinking Maps Inc.; UNESCO; Sennheiser; Eminence Social Entrepreneurs and others.
Principals from 33 Ethiopian government schools reflect on Thinking Schools training facilitated by Robert and his Ethiopian Thinking Schools colleagues Atsede Tsehayou and Dagim Melese. The training was part of a All Children Read initiative funded by USAID and administered by Initiative Africa.
"I have known and worked with Robert Price for over 15 years. During that time he has been one of our most reliable senior consultants for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (a nonprofit education advocacy group founded by The College Board, Columbia University, Public Broadcasting Service and Pearson Publishing). His work has included consulting with educators, community leaders and administrators. He is as comfortable in the classroom as well as the boardrooms of corporations. His creativity is second to none and his knowledge of technology as a way
to support communication platforms is stunning. Robert brings an active, critical, reflective and creative mind to his work. He works extremely well with groups often assuming a leadership role because of his ability to listen, ponder, restate, clarify, and ultimately to facilitate group consensus. Robert also has an astute sense of business and a level of forward thinking that productively positions projects well into the future. I would not hesitate recommending Robert Price for whatever position he felt qualified. If I may provide further clarification on this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me."
Eric J. Cooper, Ed.D. — President
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
Documentary Filmmaker Producer & Director
HeArt Project Documentary Film
The HeArt Project, 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 & filmied by Robert Price with filming and editing by Charles Jones.
Minds of Mississippi
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
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 Thinking Foundation I documented was with interviews of 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:
Recent Publications by Robert Seth Price
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 guide 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 Clips from Hoffer Elementary School students. To see the 'vintage' Hoffer Elementary School project based collaborations (including the video clips below) with the University of California Photography Museum that includes video, literacy, still photos and vintage animation 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.
Filming the Video by fifth grade students
Student documentary video
Robert Price is an amazing teacher and an incredibly effective and innovative 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
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
Addis Ababa Education Bureau Model Schools Leadership Teams Thinking Schools Ethiopia Training 16-17 June 2014
"I have been a colleague of Robert Price for over fifteen years working closely with him in professional development programs for K-5 teachers in four public school districts.
Our work together was focused on helping teachers improve the literacy skills of urban underperforming students. It was intense work--series of centralized workshops, numerous school visits with classroom demonstration lessons and on-site work sessions designed to review, practice, and refine teacher’s skills. Because of his excellence as a consultant and a coach, he was relied upon to help orient and support consultants new to the programs. His uniqueness in this role was evident in the successful partnering with new consultants, sharing leadership roles, and then spending hours debriefing, informing, and generally serving as a resource to them."
Intensified Accelerated Learning Systems
Because of his excellence as a consultant and a coach, he was relied upon to help orient and support consultants new to the programs. His uniqueness in this role was evident in the successful partnering with new consultants, sharing leadership roles, and then spending hours debriefing, informing, and generally serving as a resource to them."