2019 Workshops  

Global Issues

Problem Solving


For Grades 4-12

  • Pursuing the Process: Learn the basics -- how to use a problem solving process to find challenges, identify a key problem, generate solution ideas, establish criteria to evaluate solutions, and create an action plan.


  • Instructional Activities:  Learn a variety of strategies and activities for teaching problem solving skills to students and for integrating them into the curriculum, including a look at resource materials.


  • Component Close-up:  Learn more about the competitive program components of FPS and about non-competitive options. Look at program materials and discuss in-depth ideas for implementing FPS in your particular situation, including curriculum integration for all grades, RTI, and ELL.


  • Application and Evaluation:  Hands-on experience in applying the process and evaluating problem solving work.


Locations:    Sept 24 - 25, Evansville

                  Sept 30 - Oct 1, Kenosha  

Time:           8:30-3:30 each day

Fee:            $150 adults; $90 students in grades

                  10-12 with a registered teacher


                  Fee incudes lunch

Building Creative & Critical Thinking

  • Creative Thinking:  Learn and practice generating strategies and tools for building creative thinking. Examples include multiple strategies for brainstorming, checklisting techniques, force fitting, futures wheel, morphological matrix, and more.


  • Critical Thinking: Learn and practice focusing strategies and tools for building critical thinking. Examples include plus/minus/interesting, paired comparison analysis, cross impact matrix, evaluation matrix, criteria building, framing problems, and more.


  • Integrate into GIPS and CmPS: All of the thinking tools and strategies can be integrated into Future Problem Solving activities. Use in preparation sessions for Global Issues students, and use throughout the projects for Community Problem Solving.


  • Integrate into Curriculum:  All of the thinking tools and strategies can be integrated into existing curricula. Use to build and enhance students’ thinking skills.

Location:       Currently not scheduled


Time:             8:30-3:30


Fee:               $100, adults (includes lunches)

                      $55, students in grades 10-12

                      with a registered teacher

     Fee incudes lunch


We rely on school districts to host our workshops. We are willing to conduct a workshop whenever there is interest.  If you would like to consider hosting a problem solving or thinking skills workshop, click on the hosting button below for more information.  

Call Us: 1-608-824-9695  /   Fax:  888-959-2383  /  lynn.wisfps@gmail.com  /  3318 Conservancy Lane, Middleton, WI  53562

Lynn Buckmaster, Wisconsin FPS Affiliate Director

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