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Get more out of your Maps

We offer a range of advanced training and supplemental materials, all designed to support a coordinated, successful, school-wide Thinking Maps implementation. Whether you want to develop school leaders, help students prepare for standardized assessments, take advantage of a comprehensive K-12 writing program or focus on ELL/ESL, everything you need is right here.

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Thinking Maps: A Language for Leadership

The Guide

  • Provides a proven framework for ongoing implementation
  • Guides the process of making Thinking Maps an integral part of student education from the perspective of any school leader

Professional Development

  • Two-day training focuses on your specific needs, including:
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Facilitating collaborative meetings
  • Supervision and coaching
  • Creating a shared vision/mission
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Monitoring and assessing quality Thinking Maps Implementation

Effective implementation of the Thinking Maps common visual language calls for effective leaders – administrators, instructional leaders and leadership teams – who become champions and guide the process in each school.

This integral training program improves communication and decision-making – and creates the foundation for a sustained and effective effort through ongoing monitoring and assessment.

English Language Learners (ELL) are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. school population. Path to Proficiency prepares teachers to meet their special academic and language needs and ensures that educators understand the importance of maintaining the cognitive rigor while teaching content for students at all language proficiency levels and for special needs students.
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Path to Proficiency
For English Language Learners

The Guide

  • Addresses both the affective and cognitive dimensions of learning a language
  • Demonstrates how Thinking Maps can be used to address the form, function and fluency of language
  • Demonstrates instructional differentiation utilizing Thinking Maps
  • Shows how to teach language through content so students can achieve Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
  • Addresses all four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Facilitator’s Guide helps prepare facilitators to guide their learning community through a strategically paced Path to Proficiency plan

Professional Development

  • Five days of training
  • Direct teacher facilitation
  • Teachers learn how to explicitly teach language through many content areas so students can achieve Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
  • Teachers learn how to differentiate using Thinking Maps to meet the needs of individual students

Write from the Beginning…and Beyond

Setting the Stage front cover new logoEffective writing starts with clear thinking. Build the writing skills your students will need for college and career success with Write from the Beginning…and Beyond.
 
This developmental, vertically aligned K-12 writing curriculum is rigorous enough to serve as the backbone of instruction for an entire district. It builds on the power of Thinking Maps to establish a school-wide focus on effective writing across all grade levels and content areas. With Write from the Beginning…and Beyond, teachers don’t just follow a program—they build their capacity as writing teachers. Our whole-school approach helps students internalize the skills and strategies used by effective writers, so they can apply them in academic discourse wherever their paths take them.
 

  • A comprehensive writing curriculum that meets state and national standards
  • Domain-based resources cover multiple modes including: narrative, expository/informative, argumentative, and response to text
  • Focus on critical thinking and self-evaluation skills
  • Step-by-step training differentiated to meet the specific needs of each grade
  • An easy-to-follow Teacher Manual with direct, explicit instruction, including developmental rubrics and more than one hundred mini-lessons designed to address the essential criteria of effective writing
  • Strategies for differentiated instruction according to students’ individual needs

Continuing Resources

Resources that extend implementation

We offer a range of advanced training and supplemental materials, all designed to support a coordinated, successful, school-wide Thinking Maps implementation. Whether you want to develop school leaders, help students prepare for standardized assessments, take advantage of a comprehensive K-12 writing program or focus on ELL/ESL, everything you need is right here.
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Cooperative Desk Maps for Collaborative Learning

    • 1 set of eight 17″x22″ heavy-duty laminated and reusable desk Maps
    • Each Map includes a starter pattern on one side and a large brainstorming area on the other

These large desk Maps are ideal for cooperative learning groups, think-pair-share, small group projects and presentations.

Comprehension Strategies For Constructing Meaning

The Guide

  • Facilitates use of the Maps to support reading comprehension instruction
  • Includes background information, classroom examples and helpful tips
  • Deepens knowledge of specific comprehension strategies including:
  • Synthesizing
  • Questioning
  • Inference

With the Comprehension Strategies guide, educators can understand major research-based comprehension strategies, and learn approaches for scaffolding reading comprehension from the abstract to the concrete using Thinking Maps.
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Thinking Maps: Critical Reading and Writing for PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I, ACT*

 

The Guide

    • Focuses the use of Thinking Maps with specific vocabulary, reading, essay writing and editing strategies
    • Provides step-by-step guidelines for leading students through the study process

This is an ideal tool for teachers and students as they prepare for the rigors of standardized assessments.

*PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. SAT I is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. These organizations were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

Draw, Show and Map Your Thinking

The Guides

  • Provide teachers with a range of ideas for using the Maps across many content areas
  • Structured for multi-grade use from early childhood through elementary
  • Full of easy-to-use, interactive and motivational lessons

These grade-level-specific guides are a great resource for extending the reach and effectiveness of Thinking Maps, and allowing the learner to “stretch their thinking.”

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Results

Advanced training, advanced results

 

M.H. Moore Elementary School

 

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The Facts

 

  • M.H. Moore’s first round 5th Grade STAAR Spanish Reading scores are #1 in FWISD.
  • Overall 5th Grade Reading and math scores were in the top 15 in FWISD.
  • Reading improved 16% and Math improved 33% during the 2012-101 school year.

The Story

 

M.H. Moore Elementary School is a dual language Pre-K – 5th grade school. It was named after Grapevine, Texas native Milton Harvey Moore, Fort Worth School Superintendent from 1915 to 1931. This storied school has been serving students and families in the community since 1956.

 

Elementary School Principal, Ronald SchultzeRonald Schultze became principal at M.H. Moore Elementary School in 2010. He had been the principal at three elementary schools in the Fort Worth ISD and implemented Thinking Maps at each school. Thinking Maps is a tool used with the FWISD Curriculum Frameworks to scaffold consistent thinking and organizing across the core subject areas. M.H. Moore has created a consistent language of thinking vertically and horizontally to ensure student success from grade level to grade level.

The M.H. Moore staff has implemented Thinking Maps, Write From the Beginning & Beyond, Path to Proficiency for ELL Learners, Response to Literature, and other Thinking Maps supporting materials. The teachers guide each other through the learning process on how to use the Thinking Maps to teach the academic and thinking skills outlined in the FWISD Curriculum Frameworks.

 

double-bubble-map-apple-vs-orangeSchultze attributes the school’s success to sustained staff development and teacher, parent, and student understanding. The teachers plan and create ways to implement the consistent language of learning across all grade levels and subject areas. Teachers share ideas and lesson planning tips with each other to generate across the board consistency. Teachers use the model of: I do, We do, You do (I monitor) at all grade levels, which leads to sustained success. Students are fluent in the Thinking Maps Language of Learning and use the maps throughout all their work, including History Fair, Science Fair, student council planning of events, and designing school expectations.

 

  • M.H. Moore’s first round 5th Grade STAAR Spanish Reading scores are #1 in FWISD.
  • Overall 5th Grade Reading and math scores were in the top 15 in FWISD.
  • Reading improved 16% and Math improved 33% during the 2012-101 school year.

M.H. Moore has many other initiatives including an Urban Community Garden, Clubs (art and garden for example), sports (Football, Soccer, Softball), UIL competitions, Fort Worth After School Program – Clayton YES (Mr. Schultze was the Fort Worth Afterschool Principal of the Year in 2012!) and recently began a PTA.

 

Here’s what the M.H. Moore school community has to say about Thinking Maps:

 

“Thinking Maps help me in different ways. They actually help me organize my thinking. I use Thinking Maps on almost all of my work.”

 

“I comprehend more and better with Thinking Maps. I can detail to my work when writing. Thinking Maps is a good thing to have.”

 

– 3rd Grade Students

“Thinking Maps has helped our Third Graders to enhance their vocabulary, fine-tune their reading comprehension, and launch them in a path to success in writing. As your are well aware, our Third Graders in the Dual Language Program write equally well in both the Spanish and English languages.”

 

-3rd Grade Dual Language Teacher

 

 

“What I appreciate about thinking maps is that they can all be so basic and very complex depending on the learning and the topic at hand. I like how each map is very specific on how it presents the information and what thought process it is used for.”

 

-Kindergarten Teacher


Upson Lee Middle School (ULMS)

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The Facts

8th grade Writing Test growth since the 1st year of WFTBB was implemented:

Upson Lee Middle School

When Upson Lee Middle School (ULMS) implemented Thinking Maps, we had wonderful training from the company. The trainer worked side by side with our teachers and even modeled lessons with the students. The teacher buy-in was unbelievable, which is important. They did not see this as “just another initiative” but as a very useful tool for all levels of learners. It was important for our teachers to see that this is a seamless way to get students of all ability levels thinking on their own. Each year we roll out/teach the Maps as if the students have not seen them before.

ULMS was on the Needs Improvement list and nothing we were doing seemed to be working to close the achievement gaps with all of our subgroups. After reading and studying the research on Thinking Maps, we decided to give it a try. After the great success with Thinking Maps, we then decided to add the writing component, Write from the Beginning…and Beyond.

Upson Lee Student Multi-Flow Map Upson Lee teacher using Multi-Flow Map

Training Calendar

Training Calendar

 

Listed below are the currently scheduled regional trainings for Thinking Maps and other professional development utilizing Thinking Maps.
 
Click on the Event to see additional information. You may register online by clicking the Register Online link under the event title.
 
If you prefer to register by fax or email, click the event title to access the appropriate Registration Form. Please complete and print the form, then either fax it to (919) 678-8782 or email it to office@thinkingmaps.com.
 
If registering online, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you and your attendees upon submission of the online registration. If registering by fax or email, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you and your attendees within one week after the registration deadline. There are a limited number of spaces for each of our trainings, so we encourage you to register early!

January 2017
January 24 - January 26
January 25 - January 26

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Tempe, AZ

January 25 - January 27
January 25 - January 26

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Raymondville, TX

January 26 - January 27

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Tampa, FL

February 2017
February 1 - February 2

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Temecula, CA

February 2 - February 2

Thinking Maps: A Language for Leadership (Part 2 of 2)

Phoenix, AZ

February 21 - February 22

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Boise, ID

February 22 - February 24

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers (Part 3 of 4)

Brea, CA

February 27 - March 1

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Cary, NC

February 28 - March 2

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers - 3 Parts (Part 2 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

March 2017
March 15 - March 17

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 2 of 3)

Temecula, CA

March 21 - March 23

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers - 3 Parts (Part 3 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

March 21 - March 22

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Bakersfield, CA

March 22 - March 23

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

March 29 - March 30

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers (Part 4 of 4)

Brea, CA

March 29 - March 30

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Brea, CA

April 2017
April 5 - April 6

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Keller, TX

April 26 - April 27

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Chicago, IL

May 2017
May 2 - May 4

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Expository (Part 2 of 2)

Chandler, AZ

May 2 - May 4

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 3 of 3)

Temecula, CA

May 3 - May 4

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Fayetteville, GA

May 12 - May 13
May 24 - May 25

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Brea, CA

May 24 - May 25

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Bakersfield, CA

June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
August 8 - August 10
August 21 - August 22

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Americus, GA

August 29 - August 31

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Expository (Part 2 of 2)

Tempe, AZ

September 2017
September 6 - September 7

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Keller, TX

September 12 - September 13

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Phoenix, AZ

September 12 - September 13

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Houston, TX

September 13 - September 15

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers - 3 Parts (Part 2 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

September 18 - September 19

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

September 26 - September 27

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Orlando, FL

October 2017
October 10 - October 11

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Sunrise, FL

October 11 - October 12

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Grayslake, IL

October 24 - October 26

Write from the Beginning & Beyond: Training of Trainers - 3 Parts (Part 3 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

October 25 - October 26

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

November 2017
November 7 - November 8

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Phoenix, AZ

December 2017
December 5 - December 6

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Brea, CA