• Empower with thinking tools.

    Enhance students' cognitive skills with our scientifically-proven program.

  • THINKING PRO is an online curriculum that uses local news media as a tool to teach critical thinking, reading, and communication skills in a student-centric, teacher-supported learning environment.

    Our system works the way students learn these skills best: in a positive, familiar context, with direct instruction, modeling of tasks, and dedicated practice time.

  • “I learned how to really dig into an article and analyze the different sources and explanations. I learned how to think critically. I think this program really unlocked a part of my brain that I did not know that I had.”

    - 9th Grade Student

  • Thinking Challenges of the 21st Century

    Many high school students lack the critical thinking, reading comprehension, and media literacy skills that enable school and workplace success.

     

    At the same time, most schools don’t have access to the training and support needed to help teachers better teach these skills in the classroom.

     

    But don’t just take our word for it. In 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management found that 51 percent of its members felt that education systems have done little or nothing to help address the skills shortage. The top missing soft skills, according to these members: problem solving, critical thinking, innovation, and creativity; the ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity; and communication.
     

    But don’t just take our word for it.

     

    In 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management found that 51 percent of its members felt that education systems have done little or nothing to help address the skills shortage. 

     

    The top missing soft skills, according to these members: problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and creativity; the ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity; and communication.

  • “This is a fantastic lesson in how to evaluate what you read online. I can use this again when we talk about fake news and in how to distinguish between evidence-based news stories and junk.”
    - History Teacher

  • Our Turnkey Solution

    THINKING PRO is an innovative school curriculum and integrated professional development program that builds critical thinking, reading comprehension, and media literacy skills in the classroom using the local news media as a tool.

  • Being able to engage in deep thinking about the local issues that are at the forefront of their community is a critical skill set for students to have, particularly in high school when they’re getting ready to go out into the workforce or to take another [academic] path.”
    - Curriculum Director

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    Scientifically Proven Effective

     
    Our field-test program has been proven to deliver significant learning gains in reading, writing, math and science. Importantly, these tests also show that all learners benefit, regardless of their reading competence.

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    Localized Curriculum

    Unlike learning programs by large publishers, THINKING PRO has been designed to create purposeful learning experiences that connect students to their local communities. Local issues and local news media are used as a motivational hook for students to ensure deep learning and relevancy to their personal lives beyond the classroom.

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