TeachThought is a brand dedicated to innovation in K-20 education. This is pursued by growing teaching through thought leadership, resource curation, curriculum development, podcast publishing, and face-to-face professional development in schools.
TeachThought’s mission is to grow teachers.
In just four short years, TeachThought has become one of the world’s leading progressive learning brands.
TeachThought was founded and is directed by Terry Heick, an author and former classroom teacher interested in rethinking how we think about K-12 teaching and learning. One of the underlying principles of TeachThought is that leading should result in personal and social change, and that its modes and design can be planned backwards from that kind of consideration. Our content, professional development, and all related work are driven by that approach.
We are dedicated to supporting educators in innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st century audience. This starts with ideas and resources for K-20 teachers through our site, and extends to our design of school models, learning models, curriculum, technology, apps, and other learning tools through collaborations with other organizations.
What We Do
- Develop content (blog posts, eBooks, eCourses, video, podcasts, etc.)
- Provide industry-leading professional development
- Develop 21st century curriculum
- Publish books
- Create visibility for innovative education products and services
- Give inspirational and compelling keynotes
- Consult for for various education projects
In the fall of 2018, they will launch TeachThought University to provide on-demand training that grows innovative teachers.
TeachThought can be reached via email here.
More About Our Director
Terry Heick is a former English teacher turned education dreamer who is interested in how learning is changing in a digital and connected world. This includes, among other changes, the rise of self-directed learning, and the need to evaluate existing content and curriculum in light of modern knowledge demands.
He is also interested in student-centered learning, the power of questions, the role of play in learning, clarifying digital literacy, the flexibility of project-based learning, marrying mobile learning and place-based education (especially through mentoring), the potential of video games and simulations in learning, what it really means to “understand” something, and how all of this produces wisdom and self-knowledge in students.
It is our position that all learning should result in substantive personal and social change (as opposed to academic training).
Our ideas are heavily influenced from a wide variety of thinkers, from Wendell Berry to David Foster Wallace, Sam Harris to Henry David Thoreau, Jean Paul Sarte to Kurt Vonnegut. This concept includes the relationship between culture, communities, and the institutions and curriculum purported to serve them, as well as emerging technologies and media.
Legal And Related
Though we are first teachers, we also act as publishers. Therefore, we make every effort to both understand and comply with all laws, policies, and regulations. We don’t publish misleading content–in fact, we refuse to publish anything we don’t believe pushes education forward somehow.
If you believe that we’ve made a mistake somehow with the use of attribution, linking, images, etc.–e.g., in correct use of Creative Commons licensing materials–please contact us and we will address the matter immediately.
As creatives ourselves, we take the matter of copyright infringement, copy/pasting, content scraping, and other related activity seriously. The digital landscape is an important part of what we do, and is a matter of digital citizenship we value. For any such issues, takedown requests, etc., please email us or our Director, Terry Heick.