The 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools

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  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €


Long heralded as key competencies for 21st-century learners, the ”Four Cs” (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration) are often embraced in theory yet stump educators in practice.

Creativity and Critical Thinking represent inseparable attitudes and abilities for innovation which, contrary to popular belief, can be learned, taught, and implemented in any classroom.

Communication and Collaboration are fundamental life skills that students can draw from in their everyday experiences at school and shape their ability to live, connect with others, and work well in their future. The “Four Cs” strengthen our learners’ ability to find their place – professionally, personally, socially – in today’s fast changing world, while fostering other life-enhancing Cs: curiosity, confidence, caring, and cooperation.

This course aims to provide teachers with the knowledge, the know-how, and the confidence to incorporate these stimulating skills into their curriculum and school environment. In a true learn-by-doing environment, course participants will gain greater knowledge about what these competencies entail and not only how to teach them, but first and foremost how to tap into their own ability to create, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to collaborate well with others.

Concept by: Susan Gagliano

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Gain a clear understanding of the creative process and experience it first-hand;
  • Think critically and get the most out of today’s information overload;
  • Experience more effective communication abilities and techniques;
  • Broaden collaborative opportunities in the classroom and encourage it in all aspects of the school community;
  • Live a truly international team-building experience.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
  • Introductions, Lesson and discussion about 21st century learners, the current situation in Europe;
  • The 4 Cs in curriculum;
  • Group discussion and activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Classroom communication

  • Lesson and discussion regarding kinds of communication used at school, verbal, written, non-verbal, digital, artistic, musical;
  • How to create promote channels of communication and listening through collaborative work and social and emotional intelligence-building activities.

Day 3 – Encouraging creative minds

  • Lesson and activities about creativity, what it means, why it is important, how to encourage it;
  • Critical thinking as fundamental to the second step of the creative process.

Day 4 – Integrating the 4Cs

  • Lesson about strategies and examples of successful implementation;
  • How to incorporate the 4 Cs into curriculum in a meaningful way;
  • Practical activities.

Day 5 – 4Cs overview

  • Simulations of good communication, group activities to generate new ideas about collaboration, creativity and critical thinking;
  • Pitfalls to avoid when implementing the 4 Cs.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

Next Courses

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  • 6-11 Sep 2021
  • 4-9 Oct 2021
  • 1-6 Nov 2021
  • 6-11 Dec 2021
  • 3-8 Jan 2022
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  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
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  • 10-15 Jan 2022
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  • 11-16 Apr 2022
  • 9-14 May 2022
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Reviews about this course

We learned a lot new skills and theories and how to uplift our self esteem and our students. One of the best moments of the course were Critical thinking and Decision making while Collaborating based upon various models such as the 6 Hat Model or the Jigsaw model for example. We met wonderful colleagues from Spain, Portugal, Hungary and many other foreign colleagues during break time , exchanged our mails and we already keep in touch with them.

Evdoxia Karanika


I was very pleased with the course “The 4Cs: Creativity, critical thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools”. I have gained a lot of useful knowledge that I will be able to use in class and also in my private life. I would highly commend the lecturer Susan Gagliano for her professional skills and for her ability to empathize with the participants, which was expressed as a way of group work, where each participant was noticed and participated in the implementation of the course.

Andrejka Repič


I like very much The 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools course because I learned new activities and strategies that can be applied in the classroom and replicated at school to other teachers.

Isabel Cristina do Couto Lima


The 4C’s program in Dublin was a very interesting experience for me, it gave me the opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries and exchange views, as well as learning techniques applicable in my classroom.

Eftychia Efstathiou


The course was successful as it covered all our needs regarding new techniques and practices that are able to stimulate students’ motivation, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. All participants enjoyed the warm and productive atmospere of the class thanks to our teacher trainer Robert who was very helpful and ready to inspire us with new ideas on how to become more efficient and productive in our classroom. i recomment this course to every teacher, with no doubt.

Konstantinos Papageorgiou

There were very many ideas that I got from this course and the people in it. But I think that the main takeaway is that activities done “just for fun” might provide the best tools for learning general competences.
I have already had the chance to apply some of the acquired knowledge to my work. We did a teambuilding exercise with a group of students and the reflection process seemed to really get them to think about their roles and teamwork skills


Very useful and great organised courses. I really liked the ideas of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. These ideas I will use in my work and share with my colleagues. Our head trainer Susan Gagliano was an amazing teacher. I am very thankful for your intresting courses.

Daiva Barauskienė

I had a wonderfull week in Florence attending this course “The 4 Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools”. A small group of friends from schools in Europe, so willing to share their experiences, anxieties and thoughts. A great coordinator and trainer, Suzan Galiano, who knows how to inspire and motivate you for the best.

Michael Sfyrakis

The 4Cs Course led by Susan Gagliano is the perfect way how to connect the nice and useful things together. Susan is very pleasant and proffessional lecturer. The lessons are perfectly developed all in critical thinking way that is naturally applied in any step/method she uses. The course involves all we as teachers need in the education of 21st century. It’s fun, motivating, educative, and definitely worth attending… In the end, you want it to happen again ♥️.

Lucie Kuluri

I had a Fantastic week in a fantastic city with the most fantastic and charming teacher Susan Gagliano- very professional trainer. Very well organised, structured course about creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

Julija Dapkuviene

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