Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture to promote deep learning. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of intellectual character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools, museums, and organizations throughout the world.
Ron’s best-selling book, Making Thinking Visible, co-authored with Mark Church and Karin Morrison, has popularized the use of thinking routines in educational settings. In his most recent book, Creating Cultures of Thinking, Ron couples the real classroom practice of teachers with whom he has worked with recent educational research on learning to illuminate how schools and classrooms can be transformed to develop the learners and thinkers we need for the 21st century. Howard Gardner has called the book “a tour de force” for Ron’s ability to seamlessly merge theory, research, practice and application together in a highly accessible and engaging manner.
Ron currently directs the Worldwide Cultures of Thinking Project, aimed at facilitating deep learning and powerful thinking in classrooms, schools, and organizations. Bialik College and Melbourne Grammar School in Melbourne Australia, Oakland County Schools in Michigan, Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, and both Washington International School and International School of Amsterdam have been key partners in Ron’s research. This combination of private, public, and international schools has served as the prime sites for developing the core practices and school-based evidence that surround Cultures of Thinking.