Last updated May 30, 2001
About the Company
In 1994, a private educational foundation and school, community, and business leaders identified a problem: elementary students in a large urban district needed to improve their performance in reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking in all content areas. Under the auspices of the Foundation for Exceptional Innovations and with grant funding from Owens Corning, Dana Corporation, and the Toledo Community Foundation, Drs. Eileen Carr and Loviah Aldinger piloted a successful professional development course for 56 elementary teachers in the Toledo Public Schools.
Over the next three years, the pilot continued, with increasing numbers of teacher requesting to participate in the course at both beginning and advanced levels. By 1999, the Toledo Schools' Office of Research and Data Analysis found strong evidence that Thinking Works contributed to improved student performance in reading and writing. In 1998, Drs. Carr and Aldinger founded ThinkingWorks, a company that operates all ThinkingWorks programs.
Our Mission: To help teachers, tutors, parents, and community organizations improve students' learning and performance in reading, writing and critical thinking. To accomplish our goals, ThinkingWorks offers three professional development courses related to the teaching of literacy skills and a variety of workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and tutors. ThinkingWorks also publishes a variety of Literacy Products related to improving students' reading, writing, and critical thinking.