Symposium 2019

Thinking Collaborative Symposium

January 28 – 31, 2019

Keynote Speakers: Art Costa and Bob Garmston

Arthur Costa Arthur L. Costa is a Professor of Education, Emeritus, from California State University, Sacramento, where he taught graduate courses to teachers and administrators in curriculum, supervision, and the improvement of instruction.

He edited the book, Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking; is the author of The Enabling Behaviors, Teaching for Intelligent Behaviors and Supervision for Intelligent Teaching; and is co-author of Cognitive Coaching and Techniques for Teaching Thinking. He has also written numerous other articles and publications on supervision, teaching strategies and thinking skills.

Dr. Costa has made presentations and conducted workshops for educators throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific. He taught in the Bellflower School District, worked as a curriculum consultant in the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Office, and served as Director of Educational Programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the Western States, and was Assistant Superintendent of the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools office.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Costa has served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and as president of the national A.S.C.D. from 1988 to 1989.

BobGarmstonBob is Professor Emeritus, School of Education, at California State University, Sacramento and director of Facilitation Associates, an educational consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, and organizational development. He is co-developer of Cognitive CoachingSM and co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior with Dr. Art Costa. He is co-author and co-developer of the Adaptive Schools materials with Bruce Wellman, an initiative developing collaborative groups within schools intent on strengthening student achievement.

Bob Garmston is an award-winning author of books and articles dealing with educational leadership, learning, coaching, and staff development. Formerly a teacher, principal, superintendent and curriculum director, he now consults with schools throughout North America and in Africa, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He lives near Sacramento, California, close to his five children and five (bright and cute) grandchildren.

Honored Guest: Bruce Wellman


Bruce is Co-Director of MiraVia LLC, a publishing, training, and consulting firm. He works with school systems, professional groups and organizations throughout the United States and Canada, presenting workshops and courses for teachers and administrators on learning-focused classroom patterns and practices, teacher mentoring, learning-focused supervision, presentation skills and facilitating collaborative groups.

Mr. Wellman is an award winning author and co-author of numerous publications related to organization and professional development, quality teaching and improving science curriculum and instruction materials and methods. He is a co-author of The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups with Dr. Robert Garmston.

Preconference Speaker: Adeyemi Stembridge

Stembridge PhotoAdeyemi Stembridge, PhD is an educational consultant specializing in equity-focused school-improvement. He is a coach and thought-partner to teachers and administrators with a particular interest in the design of culturally responsive systems and learning experiences for students. Prior to his current role, Dr. Stembridge was the Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. At the Metro Center, he worked directly with school districts across the country to develop strategies for closing achievement gaps and improving systems for equitable outcomes.

Before coming to the Metro Center, Dr. Stembridge was a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work at NCREST largely involved research and development in a network of schools designed to improve college readiness outcomes of students.

Dr. Stembridge formerly taught English at an alternative school (grades 7-11) for students who had been expelled and suspended long-term from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia public schools. He has also served as Director of the Collaborative for Urban Education Research and Development at American University in Washington, DC, an initiative which coordinated school-reform partnerships with university faculty, community-based organizations, and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

Dr. Stembridge holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the School of Education,
Teaching, and Health at American University, a Master of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norfolk State University in English.

His hometown is the Bronx, New York.



Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124, US

Cutoff date to make reservations is January 5, 2019.
Room rate is $165


2019 Symposium Schedule
2019 Symposium Schedule

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Registration Costs

Symposium Only – $350
Symposium and AS Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium and CC Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium, AS and CC Trainers Meeting – $450
Preconference Only – $150
Preconference and Symposium – $450

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