Curriculum Studies

Combined Concurrent

Good Question! Advanced Learning Through Conceptual and Computational Thinking

Saturday, November 11
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 217 A

How do we encourage our students to ask better questions? In an answer-based educational system, our students don’t learn the value of developing the questioning process. Conceptual thinking, identifying abstract connections, and computational thinking, considering solutions to scale, are essential tools for research and problem solving. Expand your students’ depth of knowledge by teaching them how to ask good questions! Participants will actively engage in frameworks and methods for teaching students how to ask sophisticated questions, with examples across the curriculum, K-12. To flourish in today’s world, conceptual and computational thinking are fundamental to the way people think and understand the world.

Richard M. Cash

Educational Consultant
nRichconsulting Educational Consulting, Inc

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consultant ( His consulting work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as into Canada, The Czech Republic, China, England, Indonesia, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, and Turkey.

Richard received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Along with his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. For over 10 years, he co-directed a children’s theater company in Minnesota, and co-authored 4 award winning children’s plays. He was recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Early Leader Award (2011), recognizing his leadership in programing for gifted children. Richard was also named the “Friend of the Gifted, 2016” by the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented.

His areas of expertise are educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design, differentiated instruction, 21st century skills, brain-compatible classrooms, gifted & talented education, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash authored the books Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century, (2011), a finalists for the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award; and Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (2014) (co-author Diane Heacox), winner of The Legacy Book® Award for Outstanding Educators Publication. His newest book Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn was released in March 2016. All books are published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. (


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