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The Systems Thinking in Schools Institute is a five-day learning event that brings together students, educators, and community members to share their experiences, resources, and promote the development and long-term sustainability of systems thinking in schools. In addition, Systems Thinking promotes higher level thinking in the classroom and links directly to the College and Career Readiness, Common Core State Standards and STEM goals.

“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static “snapshots.” The Fifth Discipline, The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Senge, (Doubleday: 1990)

Most events taking place from June 24 to 28th are at the Ritenour School District Auditorium at 9100 St. Charles Rock Road. This year, the institute is offering three options for participation:

  • Institute One-Day Pass, June 24
  • Systems Thinking Level 1 Workshop and Institute One-Day Pass, June 24-28
  • Two-Day Workshop Options and Institute One-Day Pass, June 24-26, and June 27-28

At the Systems Thinking in Schools Institute, attendees will participate in rich discussions with fellow systems thinkers on ways to expand systems thinking in K-12 education. By attending sessions lead by educators practicing the integration of systems thinking into their K-12 curriculum, participants will hear experiences of how teachers have enhanced their teaching and efforts to help students to deepen their thinking.

The Systems Thinking Institute is sponsored by the Ritenour School District, Systems Thinking in Schools Water Foundation, and Washington University.