Thoughtful Classroom Professional Learning Suites

There is no doubt whatsoever: Of all the factors that we can control as educators, the quality of classroom instruction has the greatest impact on student achievement. Hands down. By far. Nothing else is close.

So how can we help our teachers, instructional leaders, and school leaders cut through the clutter, zero in on instruction, and work together to raise its quality—in way that’s practical and manageable for school teams?

Thoughtful Classroom Professional Learning Suites make it easier than ever to improve teaching and learning in classrooms and across schools and districts. Designed and led by today’s top expert on instruction, Dr. Harvey Silver, along with the Thoughtful Classroom team, each suite focuses your team on important instructional goals, while modeling specific instructional tools and strategies for addressing those goals.

Our Professional Learning Suites Help You Address Essential Goals and Priorities:

Improving Reading Comprehension

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Improving Reading Comprehension

Tools and strategies that make it easy to build students’ reading comprehension skills and deepen their understanding of classroom content

Unlocking the Power of Comparative Thinking

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Unlocking the Power of Comparative Thinking

A professional learning suite that will help you developone of the most important critical-thinking skills in any classroom: comparison

Helping Students Make More Powerful Notes and Summaries

Moving From Note Taking to Note Making

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Tools and strategies that will help you empower your students to become active note makers and effective summarizers

Building a Positive Learning Culture

The Four Cornerstones of Effective Classrooms

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A powerful online learning suite that helps teachers improve student behavior, increase student engagement, and raise student acheivement.

Designing Effective and Engaging Lessons and Units

The Instructional Designers’ Toolbox

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The Instructional Designers’ Toolbox

An online learning suite that helps teachers create more engaging lessons, integrate instruction and assessment, and solve the most common challenges in learning design using classroom-tested tools



Promoting Classroom Inquiry


Developing Clear and Motivating Learning Targets


Increasing the Power of Classroom Feedback


Using Formative Assessment to Advance Learning

Custom Thoughtful Classroom Professional Learning Suites

We’ll work with you to build a custom suite for your school or district that includes a focused set of tools and strategies tied directly to your school improvement goals and priorities. 

Explore Our Library of Research-Based Instructional Tools and Strategies for Improving . . .

Instructional Design & Delivery


  • Learning Window
  • Student-Friendly Learning Targets
  • Post-Discuss Reference (PDR)


  • “Five Episodes” Design Framework
  • Essential Questions
  • A Study In . . .
  • Concept Word Walls


  • Clear or Cloudy?
  • Stop, Slow, Go
  • Questioning in Style
  • Because
  • Graduated Difficulty


  • STAIRS (Principles of Effective Feedback)
  • Glow & Grow
  • What & Why Feedback
  • The “Ps” to Better Work
  • The Five Cs of In-Lesson Feedback

Learning Culture


  • 7-Step Directions
  • Procedural PRO
  • Respectfully Yours
  • Rules to Live & Learn By
  • Student-Friendly Learning Targets


  • All for One & One for All
  • Check Your Mood at the Door
  • Community CIRCLE
  • Getting to Know You
  • Interaction in an Instant
  • Say “S” to Resolving Conflicts


  • Classroom Games
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Effort Tracker
  • Personal Best
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Questioning in Style


  • 3C Word Walls
  • Because
  • Forced Choice
  • The Power of Pause
  • Power Previewing

Critical Thinking / Deeper Learning


  • Power Previewing
  • Mind’s Eye
  • Single-Sentence Summaries
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Reading Stances
  • 4-2-1 Summarize
  • Reading for Meaning


  • Designing Great Comparison Lessons
  • Metaphorical Expression
  • Decision Making
  • Community CIRCLE


  • Inquiry Frames
  • Mystery
  • Inductive Learning
  • If-Then
  • Yes-No Inquiry


  • Window Notes
  • Math Notes
  • Interactive Note Making
  • Three Ways of Webbing
  • Split Screen
  • S-O-S Graphic Organizers
  • 4-2-1 Summarize
  • AWESOME Summaries

Practical Tools Make It Work!

At the Thoughtful Classroom, we take the words tools and strategies seriously. Tools and strategies are practical, research-based techniques for improving teaching and learning, and we’ve been developing them in collaboration with educators for over forty years.

With every Thoughtful Classroom Professional Learning Suite, your team will have affordable, on-demand access to our award-winning tools and strategies in the form of engaging video tutorials. Guided by Harvey Silver and Thoughtful Classroom content experts, video tutorials help educators see how tools and strategies work. And we keep them brief—typically fifteen minutes or less.

Each tutorial comes with PD resources that support and enhance video content, including planning forms and reflection guides, student handouts, and classroom posters.

Perfect for Instructional Leadership Teams and PLCs

Does your PLC sometimes struggle to get that crystal-clear focus on instruction? Are you an Instructional Leader or part of an Instructional Leadership team looking for a better way to help teachers grow? Thoughtful Classroom Professional Learning Suites are the answer. The suites provide the focused content, practical tools, and “common language” that PLCs and ILTs need to promote schoolwide improvement. And as your needs and goals evolve, so can your suite. It’s easy to add new content, new tools and strategies, and new PD resources.

So Many Ways to Fuel Your Learning

Every suite provides your team with a wealth of learning resources to help you learn new tools and grow your skills.


Video Tutuorials

Brief and engaging presentations that introduce tools and strategies and show you how to use them


Key Content Cues

All the critical content from the tutorial in an easy-to-reference PDF that makes it easy to review and plan


PD Resources

Additional resources to accelerate professional learning, including sample lessons, implementation tips, and classroom video segments

Planning and Reflection Guides

Fillable forms that make planning lessons and reflecting on the results a snap

Classroom Resources

Ready-to-use resources for your classroom, including student handouts, reproducible organizers, and classroom posters

Testimonial: Mary Belcher: Suites 2
“These on-demand suites empower both instructional leaders and teachers to use tools and strategies to improve instruction, engage students in deeper learning, and customize each teacher’s own professional growth path.”

Mary Belcher

Instructional Lead and Learning Acceleration Specialist,

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) • Hazard, KY

Testimonial: Mike McQueen

“The Thoughtful Classroom Online Suites naturally and easily expanded my ability to deliver tailored and targeted professional development for my teachers. These suites have been a driving force in my school’s improvement process.”

Mike McQueen


C.W. Davis Middle School • Flowery Branch, GA

Testimonial: Sharon Paver-Nepote

“The Thoughtful Classroom Online Suites naturally and easily expanded my ability to deliver tailored and targeted professional development for my teachers. These suites have been a driving force in my school’s improvement process.”

Dr. Sharon Paver-Nepote


Wagoner Elementary School • Sauk Village, IL

Testimonial: Mary Belcher: Suites

“Together, the Four Cornerstones and Instructional Designer’s Toolbox suites provide the professional learning foundation that has made it possible for us to build a large-scale PD initiative focused on deeper learning.”

Mary Belcher

Instructional Lead and Learning Acceleration Specialist,

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) • Hazard, KY