Ron Ritchhart, Former Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Keynote Speaker - Opening General Session


2:30 p.m. Central, Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Keynote Address: “Creating a Culture of Thinking Right From the Start: 10 Things to Say Every Day to Your Students … and Why They Matter”

Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart is a world-renowned educator, researcher and author. For over 25 years, Ritchhart served as a Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where his research focused on understanding how to develop, nurture and sustain thoughtful learning environments for both students and teachers. Ritchhart’s interest in creating cultures of thinking has led him to conduct research in such areas as intellectual character, mindfulness, thinking dispositions, teaching for understanding, creativity in teaching, how teachers’ beliefs and values shape their practice, and the development of communities of practice. He believes that teaching is a complex art and science that must be understood in context.  Consequently, a strong theme of learning from best practice runs throughout all of Ritchhart’s research and writing.

After leaving Harvard in 2021, Ritchhart has continued his classroom and school-based research and writing to further the ideas of visible thinking and the creation of schools as cultures of thinking.

Ritchhart is a sought-after speaker for his ability to connect with and engage fellow educators in these powerful, big-picture ideas, while simultaneously providing useful insights into and practical ideas for advancing the complex world of teaching and learning. This is no doubt due to Ron’s diverse experience, which includes teaching elementary school, art and secondary mathematics. Upon Ritchhart’s retirement, Howard Gardner commented, “Of all of us at Harvard Project Zero, you have had the most influence on what teachers around the world do in their classrooms and how to talk and think about it.” 

Making Thinking Visible Book CoverCreating Cultures of Thinking Book CoverRitchhart’s ability to seamlessly merge theory, research, practice, and application together in a highly accessible and engaging manner has made him a best-selling author of numerous books including Intellectual Character, Making Thinking Visible, Creating Cultures of Thinking and his latest, The Power of Making Thinking Visible. 

Breakout Session: The Power of Making Thinking Visible

Join us Wednesday morning, July 20, Mark Churchon how making thinking visible practices impact students and teachers and how teachers can plan to use these practices to maximum effect. Ritchhart will share research from his book with Mark Church, The Power of Making Thinking Visible. When used powerfully, thinking routines not only provide teachers with a set of practices to engage students, but help advance a broader goal to create classrooms in which students’ thinking is visible, valued and actively promoted. This session will explore these ideas while engaging teachers in some of the new routines presented in the book.