Lane Clark has a well-earned reputation as an expert in empowering teachers and schools to design and deliver rigorous, engaging curriculum through powerful pedagogy. Over the last 25 years she has spent six months every year ‘on the road’ working directly with schools and districts, equipping educators with the tools and strategies required to re-imagine their curriculum and pedagogy and thus promote deep thinking and deep learning for all students. At the last count, Lane has worked with more than 150 000 teachers in 20 countries across five continents.
Lane’s Deep Thinking for Deep Learning approach to curriculum design, implementation and assessment, focuses on teaching learners HOW to LEARN and HOW to THINK. Curriculum is contextualised in authentic learning opportunities that invite learners to USE curriculum knowledge and skills to solve problems, meet challenges or make products that will make a difference in their lives and also in the lives of others. Through the use of visible and explicit tools, strategies and frameworks, students are engaged, enabled and empowered to take responsible and rigorous agency over their thinking and learning.
Lane’s approach is currently explored in universities in four countries and her first book (Where Thinking and Learning Meet) is a required text for a Masters course on the teaching of thinking and learning at Amsterdam University. Lane has written (and teaches) a Masters level course on thinking and learning for the University of Zaragoza in Spain. Lane’s second book is titled ‘Where Assessment Meets Thinking and Learning’ and she is in the process of writing her third, ‘Deep Thinking for Deep Learning’.
Lane has been a featured or keynote speaker at eight of the last nine International Conferences on Thinking.