and School Change
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).
Robert Seth Price
Robert, is a person who builds a critical mass of support for a given model, and then develops it as a standard in an area or region that is subject to network effects. He creates and promotes the use of a particular model or method through presentations, hands-on professional development, media articles, visual media, blogging, user demonstrations, recorded demonstrations, and/or the creation of sample projects. He is:
Robert collaborating with National Urban Alliance (NUA) CEO Yvette Jackson on training for NUA national consultants.
Professional collaborations include: Initiative Africa, Tigray Development Association; Thinking Foundation; LEAP, New Haven; Thinking Schools International; Designs for Thinking; ; Addis Ababa Education Bureau (Ethiopia); National Urban Alliance (video above with NUA CEO Yvette Jackson); St. Paul's Medical College and Hospital Addis Ababa; Morino Institute; Connecticut Voices for Children; Graustein Memorial Fund; Successful Teachers - Accelerated Learning; more...
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:
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).
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
I have loved working with and getting to know Bob 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 Bob and his work with teachers and students!.
Stefanie Rome, Senior Manager of 5E Training, UChicago Impact
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
Read more reflections on Robert
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.
Thinking Schools Ethiopia Blog
Blog established by Robert Seth Price in 2009
Contributors: Atsede Tsehayou & Dagim Melese
Thinking Design Healthcare Ethiopia
Mekelle University Health Sciences
St. Paul's Millenium Hospital and College
2015 – current
blog link about St. Paul's
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.
BSR Foundation • www.bsr.org
Feb 2017 – current
Writing critical thinking skills and methods into curriculum for textile workers in East Africa.
Learning 1to1 Foundation • l1to1.com/en/spa/
Columbia; Miami, FL
Feb 2016 – current
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.
National Urban Alliance • www.nuatc.org
New York City, NY 1997 – current
Senior Consultant and Mentor including whole district projects currently with Elizabeth, NJ and Minneapolis.
Connect with Robert on social media. Robert is connected with 14,000+ on LinkedIn and 5,000+ on Facebook all of whom he has personally responded to. The focus is with 'grass roots critical thinking skills are a human right'.
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
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, Tigray Development Association Executive Director
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
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
Read more reflections on Robert
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.
Recent Publications by Robert Seth Price
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Tigray Development Association
& Initiative Africa
For the past six 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 there is now an extensive pilot project in collaboration with Tigray Development Association, Initiative Africa, Thinking Schools International / Ethiopia and Thinking Foundation. 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.
Robert facilitating professional development with educators in Hossana, Ethiopia.
Other projects in Ethiopia include with Addis Ababa Education Bureau, and SNNPRS Education Bureau. 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.
Student Voices Actively
Participating in the Process
Documentary Film Producer
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 was documented by me. I interviewed 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:
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.
Addis Ababa Education Bureau Model Schools Leadership Teams Thinking Schools Ethiopia Training 16-17 June 2014
He is one of the best presenters I have ever observed. He is organized, well-prepared, and sensitive to the climate and the audience. I am impressed by his commitment to excellence, diverse work experiences, and loyalty to his employer. He is a dedicated worker/trainer/consultant.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Ohio State University