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Temple Presents in Turkey

Professor of Education Charles Temple traveled to Biga, Turkey, this past weekend, to deliver a Reading & Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project workshop for leaders of three RWCT projects seeking to promote teaching for critical thinking in Turkish middle schools. One of the groups in the workshop is finishing up the translation and modification of the instructional manual, Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Thinking Classroom, which was co-authored by Temple, Associate Professor of Education Jim MaKinster and others, including Global Education Program Coordinator Doug Riley and Self-Instructional Language Program Director Gabriela Mrvova. The translation team plans to distribute 120,000 copies of the work to middle school teachers under a new effort by the Turkish ministry of education. The workshop was hosted by the Education Reform Initiative, a Turkish think tank, with funding from the Open Society Initiative in London. Temple presented alongside Professor of English David Klooster from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. A member of the HWS faculty since 1982, Temple holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia. In 2005, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award that helped fund his sabbatical in Romania, where he helped two universities in Cluj — the nation’s third-largest city — improve teaching and change curriculum. In addition to his teaching duties at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Temple co-founded the RWCT Project in 1997. Promoting concepts and methods for active learning, RWCT has helped more than 2 million students in 32 countries become more active and engaged classroom learners. As director of RWCT, Temple travels around the globe helping teachers learn the skills necessary to teach their students to be critical thinkers.