Working with Kevin Washburn and Clerestory Learning has developed a culture of learning among our faculty. While we were eager learners before, most of us weren’t sure how to translate what we were learning to our classrooms. We had much knowledge, but we lacked practical strategies. Now we have practical programs and strategies like the Architecture of Learning, Writer’s Stylus, and the Big Idea to foster better thinking and learning for our students in the classroom.

Working with Clerestory Learning has brought our three schools—lower, middle, and upper—together to communicate and vertically align our curriculum and best teach our students from K3 to 12th grade. Essentially, Kevin has totally changed our perspective as teachers. We aren’t just teaching our students math, literature, science, and history—we are now teaching our students to think.

  Amber Timms, Upper School English Teacher • North Cobb Christian School, Kennesaw GA


CLERESTORY LEARNING creates programs, professional development, and strategies that are directed by our understanding of the way the brain learns. We work with public, private, and independent schools across the country to achieve educational objectives and organizational mission with instructional integrity.

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These courses can be held on-site, or can be set up as a network event. Graduate credit is available through our partnership with NCATE-accredited Northwestern Missouri State University; these courses are considered electives for teacher education degree programs.

Architecture of Learning

The key to effective instructional design is understanding how people learn. Architecture of Learning is a high-energy, thought-provoking three-day course that explains how the brain learns and what instructional choices work when and why. Course instructors model effective teaching practices by presenting information in the way classroom instructors will be able to teach their students. For details: Architecture of Learning

Writer’s Stylus

Teaching writing successfully requires a knowledgeable, caring, and effective teacher. Writer’s Stylus is a powerful four-day course that lays a solid program foundation for each teacher, uniquely approaching writing instruction as a relationship between editor and writer. This program gives teachers of all academic disciplines a combination of research-support instructional methods that develops students as writers, not just students with writing skills. For details: Writer’s Stylus


All workshops are led by Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D., can accommodate up to 80 participants, and include an extensive handout for all workshop attendees.

7 Actions of Effective Teachers

Duration: 1 day Audience: K-12, Administration

In life, mindful choices make the difference between perseverance and apathy, resilience and resignation, and achievement and setback. The same is true in the classroom; by mindfully responding to students, we can establish environments that spark accomplishment, provide feedback that propels learning, and develop skills that empower resilience. This workshop explores how seven actions, when mindfully crafted and strategically combined, can prevent stumbling-block scenarios and inspire healthy learning inside the classroom and beyond.


Fueling Learning: Sparking and Sustaining Curiosity for Learning

Duration: 1 day Audience: K-12, Administration

Curiosity plays a critical role in deep and meaningful learning. This workshop explains the relationship of questioning to curiosity and outlines strategies for engaging and refining student questioning.


Teaching in a Tech-Native World

Duration: 1 day • Audience: K-12, Administration

Technology’s potential prompts shifts in effective teaching practices; teachers become learning coaches and students become self-directed learners. Though effective coaching has always been part of good teaching, its influence and importance increases when technology enters the classroom. What does effective 21st-century classroom instruction look like? How do we maximize technology use as an essential component of instruction? Through active engagement, this workshop explains and models technology-influenced instructional approaches appropriate for any grade level and discipline.


Teaching for More: How to Foster Thoughtfulness, Understanding, and Creativity

Duration: 1 day Audience: K-12, Administration

Research identifies strong correlations between “nonacademic” abilities—thinking, creativity, and “prescriptive knowledge” or “wisdom”—and success in and out of school. How can we cultivate these valuable capacities and fully equip students for success beyond the classroom? This workshop explores how teaching can be designed to foster student growth in emotion, thought, wisdom, and creativity, and includes examples and tools to support application of the ideas presented.

Speaking & Consulting

I enjoy traveling and developing relationships with fellow educators as a professional development event instructor, conference workshop leader, keynote speaker, webinar instructor, graduate professor, and educational consultant.

One of the favorite aspects of my work is seeing instructional leaders recognize their vital role in education and learn how to use their God-given knowledge and skills to serve the students, teachers, leadership, and communities associated with their schools. I get to watch people thrive through learning. What a great job. —Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.


Here is a list of topics I have researched extensively, synthesized, and shared through various venues. I believe they can profoundly impact the quality of learning:

  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum & Vertical Alignment
  • Instructional Design
  • How Learning Occurs
  • Learning Mindset
  • Neuroscience
  • Resilience
  • Writing
Scheduling now for the 2018-19 school year