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Shari Tishman, “Why Teach Habits of Mind.” (A nice overview of what intellectual virtues are and why teaching should foster them.)

Ron Ritchhart, “From IQ to IC: A Dispositional View of Intelligence.” (Argues that intelligence should be understood in terms of intellectual character rather than innate cognitive ability.)

David Perkins and Ron Ritchhart, “Life in the Mindful Classroom.” (Argues that “mindfulness,” understood as an intellectual character trait, is a central educational goal and discusses several strategies for fostering mindfulness in the classroom.)

Shari Tishman, Eileen Jay, and David Perkins, “Teaching Thinking Dispositions: From Enculturation to Transmission” (Identifies seven core “thinking dispositions” or intellectual virtues and examines how they can be “enculturated” in schools.)

Jason Baehr, “Educating for Intellectual Virtues - From Theory to Practice” (In this scholarly article, IVA founding member and Loyola Marymount University professor Jason Baehr provides an overview of what intellectual virtues are, why they matter to education, and what it looks like to educate for intellectual character growth)

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Jason Baehr's, Deep in Thought(An introduction to intellectual virtues--the personal qualities and character strengths of good thinkers and learners--with a practical and implementation guide.)

Nathan King's, The Excellent Mind. (An accessible explanation of intellectual virtues and their impact on our everyday life.)

Ron Ritchhart, Intellectual Character: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It. (The best book available on the “how to” of educating for intellectual virtues or what Ritchhart calls “thinking dispositions.”)

Ron Ritchhart, Creating Cultures of Thinking. (A helpful guide to explore the forces that shape thinking cultures and examine how those forces are guided by beliefs about learning.)

Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karen Morrison. Making Thinking Visible. (The most practical facilitation guide to create opportunities for thinking and understanding in the classroom. IVA teachers have seen the greatest growth in their instruction through these thinking routines.)

Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. (This recent New York Times bestseller provides an overview of recent research from a variety of disciplines supporting the idea that success in school and life in general largely depends on intellectual character virtues like curiosity, intellectual perseverance, and “grit.”)

Shari Tishman, David Perkins, and Eileen Jay, The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. (Covers the theory and practice involved with teaching for good thinking. Chapters 3 and 4 are a great discussion of intellectual virtues or “thinking dispositions.”)

Richard Paul and Linda Elder, Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life. (Written for a broad audience, this book has several illuminating chapters on the character traits that give rise to and regulate critical thinking. See especially chapters 3-5.)

Thomas Lickona, Educating for Character. (This is a classic work in traditional character education, which focuses on fostering moral and civic virtues. However, many of the ideas and strategies are easily adaptable to educating for intellectual virtues.)

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POW (Problem of the Weeks) How Can Parents Help? - PART 1
IVA Parent Academy - Presented by Math Teachers Ms. Cari Noble, Ms. Deborah Chen, and Principal Bryant, September 15, 2016

POW (Problem of the Weeks) How Can Parents Help? - PART 2
IVA Parent Academy - Presented by Math Teachers Ms. Cari Noble, Ms. Deborah Chen, and Principal Bryant, September 15, 2016

Working Together to Develop Powerful Thinkers and Learners

IVA Parent Academy - Presented by Dr. Ron Ritchhart, March 12, 2015

The Challenges and Strengths of an Intellectual Virtues Educational Model
IVA Parent Academy - Presented by Dr. Steve Porter, January 22, 2015

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Project Zero. (IVA is making significant use of materials produced by researchers at Harvard’s Project Zero. Their work on “thinking dispositions,” “cultures of thinking,” “visible thinking,” and “teaching for understanding” is extremely relevant to IVA’s virtue-based model.)

The Critical Thinking Community. (Contains a great deal of useful information related to good thinking and how it can be taught. It also contains a nice discussion of six intellectual virtues.)

Habits of Mind (UK). (Provides a nice introduction to “habits of mind,” which resemble and are importantly related to intellectual virtues.)

Institute for Habits of Mind. (A valuable repository of practical resources for promoting growth in habits of mind. Many of these resources are equally useful for fostering intellectual virtues.)

Intellectual Virtues and Education Project. (The main site for a recent grant project on intellectual virtues and education sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project is housed at Loyola Marymount University and directed by IVA founding member Dr. Jason Baehr.)

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