Welcome to the Engaging Learners Academy Course in Critical Thinking!

Dr. Richard M. Cash explains how, by using a critical thinking approach, your students build background knowledge, strong academic vocabulary and enhanced content understanding. In this course you'll work with Dr. Cash to:

• Define critical thinking and understand why it's important

• Look at essential questions and explore how they help develop reasoned thought

• Learn easy-to-use, highly effective strategies that you can use in your own classroom

K-12 classroom teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators will benefit by learning how to develop challenges that develop critical thinking in all content areas – whether they’re teaching online or in the classroom.


Upon completion of the course each student will receive a certificate documenting 2 hours of professional development.

Course Curriculum

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  Module 1: Critical Thinking
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  Module 2: What Have You Learned and What Does it Mean for Your Classroom?
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Richard M. Cash, Ed.D.

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator and who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consultant (www.nrich.consulting). His consulting work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as into Canada, The Czech Republic, China, Cyprus, England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, and Turkey.

Richard received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Along with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. For over 10 years, he co-directed a children’s theater company in Minnesota, and co-authored 4 award winning children’s plays. He was recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Early Leader Award (2011), recognizing his leadership in programing for gifted children. Richard was also named the “Friend of the Gifted, 2016” by the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented.

His areas of expertise are educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design, differentiated instruction, 21 st century skills, brain-compatible classrooms, gifted & talented education, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash authored the books Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21 st Century, (2017) winner of The Legacy Book® Award for Outstanding Educators Publication; Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (2014) (co-author Diane Heacox), winner of The Legacy Book® Award for Outstanding Educators Publication (2014); and Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn (2016). All books are published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. (www.freespirit.com).



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Critical Thinking

Developing Reasoned Thought Through Deep Content