Dr. Lou maps out strategy for students in interview on WDRC’s “Talk of Connecticut” Radio Show

Brad & Dan- Aug. 21, 2017: Dr. Lou interview

On the Monday morning of August 21, 2017, Dr. Louise Loomis was interviewed by Brad Davis and Dan Lovallo of the The Talk of Connecticut a talk radio show on WDRC Radio. She discussed the Maps for All Initaitive (M4A), the importance of maps being displayed in public places and their connection to critical thinking through geographical literacy.

Click on link to hear audio of interview: https://audioboom.com/posts/6224839-brad-dan-aug-21-2017-dr-lou-maps-out-strategy-for-students

For more information about the Maps For All Initiative please visit: http://www.ctwac.org/maps/


Dr. Louise Loomis among 2015 Anchor Award Recipients


Great news! Dr. Louise E. Loomis is one of the four 2015 Anchor Award Recipients whose accomplishments will be celebrated during the Anchor Awards Ceremony and Dinner, to be held on October 16, 2015 at the 1877 Club, Harry Jack Gray Center from 5PM – 8PM. The Anchor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association. The awards were established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional and community accomplishments and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford.

For more information visit: http://www.hartford.edu/ar…/hawktober_wknd/AnchorAwards.aspx

Press Release published by the University of Hartford:



Critical Thinking

Why Critical Thinking Matters

“Critical Thinking” is much in favor in academia these days. Curricula descriptions from elementary through higher education abound with claims of its attainment.

While the basic definition of Critical Thinking is simple: “thinking about thinking in order to decide what to believe and/or how to behave,” the actual process involves a complex interplay among three major domains: self, thinking skills, and subject matter. When individuals are knowledgeable about these domains, their chances of making satisfactory decisions are greatly improved.

Critical thinking is part of daily life, since shopping, voting, working with others, and keeping up with current events all require decisions about belief and/or behavior. Critical thinking has been recognized as an important life skill at both national and state levels, in the SCANS1 report from the United States Department of Labor, the 21st Century Skills, and Common Core Curriculum of Learning.

Effective critical thinkers are constantly developing the three domains of self, thinking skills, and subject matter. They consciously think about the roles that their own knowledge, skills, experiences, and personal dispositions play in their reasoning, learning, and interacting with others. Learning styles, personality assessments, emotional intelligences, and cultural awareness belong in this domain of the self.

Effective critical thinkers are also aware that abilities in acquiring, analyzing, organizing, and assessing information are essential. This thinking skill domain includes learning and memorizing tactics, reasoning skills, and problem solving strategies.

The third domain, the subject matter, determines how components of the other domains are used. While awareness of human behavior is important in the study of literature, logic prevails in mathematics. Certain types of thinking, such as classification, analogy, and sequencing, are used in most subjects; however, the consideration of cause and effect is more speculative in history than in physics.

In the field of library science, defining, classifying, and sequencing are essential thinking skills for both managing collections and for finding information. However, the problem-solving skill of establishing the credibility of references is of supreme importance, especially in these days of instant access to information.

The promotion of critical thinking in academia carries an implicit message that it is a good thing to do. However, the independent thinking that critical thinking promotes sometimes “makes waves” for established concepts, procedures, etc. Therefore, for critical thinking to thrive, it needs an environment that supports independent thinking and is open to new ideas and changes. This is the challenge for education in a democratic society.


Cited Sources:

1 SCANS – Secretary’s Report on Achieving Necessary Skills, published 1991, providing information about the skills required for the workforce of 2000 and beyond.

2 Common Core Curriculum of Learning

3 21st Century Skills

ThinkWell at the Trinity Academy

Lou at Trinity Academy

Currently, teaching Hands On Equations to a class of gifted third grade students at the Trinity Academy School in Hartford, Connecticut. Hands-On Equations is a supplementary program that can be used with any math curriculum to provide students with a concrete foundation for algebra. It uses the visual and kinesthetic instructional approach developed by Dr. Henry Borenson to demystify abstract algebraic concepts. This hands-on, intuitive approach enhances student self-esteem and interest in mathematics.

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I am also co-presenting Project Based Learning program at the Trinity Academy School with a class of eighth grade students which are engaged in researching and inquiring about “Sneakers” in order to obtain a deeper knowledge about all the aspects of how they impact the real world.

Enjoy Your Creativity Workshop

Dr. Louise E. Loomis will be presenting Enjoy Your Creativity Workshop on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for the Minds in Motion Program, at the Greene-Hills School, Bristol, CT.  This workshop is scheduled to run from 2:55PM – 3:55PM.

Come, relax and enjoy your creativity in this workshop. You will engage in three simple and imaginative activities that you will have fun doing later with your own child or children; actually, everyone likes doing them. Paper and crayons are all you’ll need and we’ll provide them!

For more details about Minds in Motion (MIM) Program, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) at http://www.ctgifted.org/website/publish/newsroom/index.php?Minds-in-Motion-38 

Dr. Louise Loomis, Keynote Speaker for the Alpha Kappa State 75th Fall Conference


Dr. Louise Loomis is announced as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Alpha Kappa State 75th Fall Conference, to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416. She will be presenting Teaching to Abundance: Brainwise Learning with Our Natural Thinking.

For more information about AKS 75th Fall Conference please visit for details: http://www.deltakappagamma.org/CT/index.php


Click on link for copy of Participants Feedback of the presentation:AKS 75th State Conference_11_1_14 Feedback

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