James Phelps

James Phelps

  • Specialist Critical and Creative Thinking, Design Thinking and Project Based Learning classroom teacher

  • Creator of critical and creative thinking and design thinking teaching resources

  • Designer of the Minds Wide Open CCT and DT program

  • Workshops NESA and TQI approved

  • Presenter of the workshop 'Critical & Creative Thinking Across the Curriculum'

  • Presenter of the workshop 'Design Thinking Across the Curriculum: Deeper Learning through Real-World Projects'

  • Author of the online course 'Creativity & Critical Thinking: Key Competencies for the 21st Century'


James Phelps is a classroom teacher of twenty four years’ experience teaching all subjects across age groups in both state and independent primary and middle schools.

He is also the designer of an innovative teaching program called Minds Wide Open (aligned to the Australian Curriculum) whereby students are taught explicitly how to think critically and creatively and to solve problems and design solutions. He has created an array of evidence-based learning activities and teaching tools that primary and middle school educators can use to foster these essential 21st century competencies. His program is currently being used in over 500 schools in Australia and overseas.

James presents NESA/TQI approved professional learning workshops in schools across metropolitan areas and in regional cities.

James has trained and advised over 2000 educators on how to integrate and embed CCT and DT into their school plans and classroom routines and programs. On these topics he has spoken at the Northern Sydney region’s IOnTheFuture conference, the Community Languages conference at University of Sydney, the Inspire Innovate conference at ANZ Stadium. James has also conducted training seminars for educators in Finland and Norway.


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  • CCT Consulting

  • PBL/DT Consulting

  • Seminars

  • Conferences

  • Workshops

  • Staff Development Days

  • Parent Information Sessions

  • Student Workshops

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