thinking-schoolsPathways to Thinking Schools
David Hyerle and Larry Alper coeditors, 
Corwin Press, 280 pages, April 2014

Content-focused teaching may yield marginal improvements in test scores, but leaves students without the cognitive skills and dispositions for success in an information-overloaded world that requires deep thinking, collaborative problem solving, and emotional intelligence.

David Hyerle has brought exciting models for enabling students to drive their own thinking and learning to schools in every corner of the world, with outstanding results. In this book, Hyerle presents case studies of schools and educators who have applied these models, in some cases system-wide, to ensure every student can thrive in an increasingly complex future. Among his powerful concepts for short and long-term improvement are:

  • Visual Tools for Thinking—The nonlinguistic tools that have made Hyerle’s famous “Thinking Maps” model so successful
  • Dispositions for Mindfulness—a language for students to improve their intellectual-emotional behaviors as they learn
  • Questioning for Inquiry—A system for developing students’ abilities to ask questions in the context of a developing Community of Inquiry, including the use of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy and the Six Hats Thinking® model

Ultimately, Pathways to Thinking Schools synthesizes the potential of smart content-based teaching  with the powerful thinking skills and dispositions that supercharge the educational experience.

“In a global community, countries recognize reciprocal interests and the need and benefit of interdependence. Therefore, this new paradigm of a global community calls for Thinking Schools internationally.”
—Yvette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
National Urban Alliance

Read excerpts from the following chapters and contents:

$36.95 USD

Visual Tools for Transforming Information Into Knowledge
David Hyerle, Author
Arthur L. Costa, Prologue
Robert J. Marzano, Foreward
Corwin Press, 2009, Second Edition, 192 pages

This is the most comprehensive book on graphic organizers, Thinking Maps®, and graphic software programs. Find out why visual tools and mapping are the key tools for 21st century learning. Look at student and teacher work and review test results from around the country. In a rich and provocative writing style, David Hyerle, Ed.D. draws together examples from teachers, administrators, brain researchers, and parents to make a very exciting read.

Read excerpts from the following chapters and contents:

$38.95 USD

Developing Connective Leadership
Successes With Thinking Maps®

Larry Alper, David Hyerle, Kimberly Williams, Authors
Solution Tree Press, 2012

“If our best thinking comes by making connections and building patterns, then what would these patterns look like, and what might they be based on?”—ask the authors. Most importantly, how could they be used?

Developing Connective Leadership shows you how Thinking Maps® are an efficient and eloquent language that can be used to explore and reveal ideas, thought processes, and intentions. By creating visual representations of thought, leaders create shared understandings and foster connections among staff.

Explore how schools have used the Thinking Maps® process to create strong collaborative bonds and facilitate shared leadership. As staff members collaborate to construct a shared frame of reference, they are empowered to execute and sustain the school’s vision.


  • Offers real-life experiences from school leaders using Thinking Maps® for professional development
  • Identifies eight Thinking Maps® used to build connective leadership practices
  • Suggests how Thinking Maps® can be used to reformulate and reconstruct negative or damaging frames of reference
  • Discusses how Thinking Maps® can energize and inspire insight and solutions

$24.95 USD

Student Successes With Thinking Maps
David Hyerle and Larry Alper coeditors, 
Corwin Press, Second Edition, January 2011
Neuroscientists tell us that the brain organizes information in networks and maps. What better way to teach students to think about ideas and organize and express their ideas than to use the very same method that the brain uses. This book provides an invaluable way to help our students truly understand and retain the concepts behind the facts, and to do this in an exciting and motivating way.

Read excerpts from the book (Acrobat PDF files):

  • Elementary School - A First Language for Thinking in a Multilingual School by Stephanie Holzman, Ed.D.
  • Middle School - Feeder Patterns and Feeding the Flame at Blalack Middle School by Edward V. Chevallier, M.Ed.
  • High School - Embracing Change: The Evolution of Thinking in a K-12 School by Gill Hubble, M.A.
  • University - The Mississippi Story by Marjann Kalehoff Ball, Ed.D.
  • International - The Singapore Eperience: Student Centered Fluency by Ho Po Chun, M.Ed.

For more information including excerpts and accompanying video clips go to the following links:

$38.95 USD

 Posted by at 5:25 pm