Inspiring Learning Series

Our community is not limited to the teachers, children and parents who learn together on our campus each day. Nor does it end at the edges of our campus.

The Inspiring Learning Series creates a way to extend to the wider community the invitation to learn, ask questions and have meaningful conversations. Together we can think about how to be lifelong learners in our rapidly changing world.

The Inspiring Learning Series is a tangible way to strengthen the parent-school partnership. It is a REAL way for parents to have a voice in the education of their children. It is intended to reach out to the entire Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community (and beyond). It is designed to raise questions such as these:

  • What do we need to know to be better parents, educators and advocates for our children?
  • What can we all learn together?
  • What can we share and learn from others in our community?
  • How can we translate ideas into actions that transform our entire community?

Summit is a vibrant community that creates islands of competence for children and adults each day. The spirit of the school is so robust that it has been said that Summit must be experienced "live" to be fully appreciated. We invite you to join us and, instantly, see the truth of this.

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm
Loma Hopkins Theatre

In an era where the demands on teachers are high and the pressures on schools are great, Mark continually comes across individuals and groups who are committed to teaching their students to see the vitality and wisdom they hold within.

Our speaker, Mr. Mark Church, takes great joy in the insights, questions, and reflections he encounters as educators around the world engage with the ideas of Harvard Project Zero’s Cultures of Thinking research team. In an era where the demands on teachers are high and the pressures on schools are great, Mark continually comes across individuals and groups who are committed to teaching their students to see the vitality and wisdom they hold within. For this reason, despite a myriad of stresses stacked against educational systems, Mark Church believes in teachers and their ability to deepen and develop student learning.

Mark Church holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Curriculum. For a number of years, Mark Church taught in both primary and middle schools. From his early days in the classroom leading to his eventual collaboration with Harvard Project Zero, Mark came to appreciate the notion that education is not to reform students, or amuse them, or make them expert technicians; rather, it is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, and teach them to think. In his current consulting work with Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives, Mark brings this very belief to his work with professional learners. He feels it a great honor to help unsettle the mind, widen the horizons, inflame the intellects, and invite rich thinking among the very ones leading learning in classrooms throughout the world.

Together with Ron Ritchhart and Karin Morrison, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Of this publication, Mark often reminds us that the book did NOT come first, then teachers began paying attention to students’ thinking; rather, it was the other way around. Many teachers in classrooms far and near have been interested in fostering the thinking of students in their charge, and thus this book captures their journeys — their pictures of practice. Mark hopes that the stories of learning from the teachers in this book help to inspire more stories of learning from those who engage with Making Thinking Visible ideas.

The esteemed poet, Robert Frost, once said, “There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you cannot move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” Mark Church is delighted to offer to us today a few thoughts to prod us and help us jump to the skies in our own efforts to create cultures of thinking for those with whom we work.


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