Skip to main content

Professional Learning in USA & Canada

Helping you strengthen learning outcomes for your students

HomeRegionsNorth America

James Nottingham is the creator of the Learning Pit, one of the most popular illustrations of learning to emerge in the last 20 years.

Due to the demand for his services in Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, he hasn’t visited the USA and Canada very much yet – though when he has, he’s received standing ovations for his keynotes as well as deep appreciation for his guidance in schools and districts.

So, in January 2024, he chose to publish his 12th book – TEACH Brilliantly – with Solution Tree so that his work can be brought more extensively to schools and districts in the USA and Canada.

The services he offers include powerful keynote speeches, whole staff PD, online delivery, and demonstration lessons (give him any grade and he’ll demonstrate excellent pedagogy for staff to observe & review.

Having worked closely with professors Carol Dweck (Mindset) and John Hattie (Visible Learning) as well teaching across the pre-K-12 range, James offers a depth and breadth of expertise including equity, questioning, feedback, challenge, engagement, inquiry, and learning how to learn. More details

James can help your team:

  • Build collective efficacy
  • Identify strategies to achieve your SIP Goals
  • Highlight student progress
  • Engage learners
  • Increase student dialogue

Are you ready to take the next step in your school improvement journey?

James can help your team:

  • Build collective efficacy
  • Identify strategies to achieve your SIP Goals
  • Highlight student progress
  • Engage learners
  • Increase student dialogue

Are you ready to take the next step in your school improvement journey?

Ready to engage with James Nottingham?

Here are some options for you …

30mins call with James about the professional learning he can offer your school, district, or team

Free of charge

Discover more
Book now

Scoping Call with James Nottingham, creator of the Learning Pit

Teams or Zoom call for your PLC to ask James any questions arising from his latest book, TEACH Brilliantly.

Discover more
Book now

Insights into TEACH Brilliantly

Whether this model is new to you – or you are interested in the nuance – what better way to dive into the Learning Pit than with its creator, James Nottingham?

Discover more
Book Now

Discover the Learning Pit

If you would like to book James to keynote or run onsite consultancy before or after he is already booked for work in the US, then we will be happy to offer you a 50% discount on normal rates.

Discover more
Book now

In-Person Event (Significantly discounted)

If you can’t book James for the dates associated with events already booked, then we would still be happy to offer you a 25% discount for all other dates.

Discover more
Book now

In-Person Event (Discounted)

James recognizes that leaders and teachers may be on a journey through your own 'Professional Development Learning Pit'. If any of the statements below ring true for you, we encourage you to see how he can support you!

Our teachers are overwhelmed - we cannot add one more thing to their plate

Our founder and CEO, James Nottingham is the creator of the Learning Pit. We also work closely with professors Carol Dweck (Mindset) and John Hattie (Visible Learning). All of this – and more – ensures we bring a rare blend of academic rigor and practical expertise that sets us apart from the rest.

James uses his expertise and knowledge of learning research to examine which practices are working well for your team and which practices can be eliminated or enhanced.  He does not bring a ‘program’ or introduce new practices.  Rather, he takes what you are already doing well and coach you in the ways to maximize the benefits and to measure and monitor impact.  In short- he helps you to focus on the learning environment so that you can achieve your vision for learning.

We must put our resources into improving the mental health of our students and teachers

The Learning Pit framework helps to build a sense of empowerment about learning that will help to build confidence, reduce anxiety, and improve communication.  While these benefits will not erase all of the mental health challenges, they will help to provide an environment where learning and social emotional growth can occur at the same time.

We have had a lot of turnover in leadership, which slows our professional development

Much of the work James does with schools is to help them clarify their vision and ensure that everything is aligned to the vision.  He helps to build capacity for the leadership TEAM to help with sustainability over time.

He offers coaching for leaders and stays with you for the long term, with the goal of embedding the skills and attitudes that he helps you to build.  He happily makes himself redundant by building the capacity of all members of your team to not only build, but also sustain an effective learning culture.

Our budgets are very tight

Often budgets say much more about priorities than visions do-  ‘Don’t show me your vision, show me how you are spending your money.’  James can help you to find ways to make your vision match your spending.

Because he does not have a set ‘program’, he can be very flexible in his delivery.  He has a wide variety of options for in person and virtual delivery.  He also has options for delivery on pupil attendance days, reducing the need for substitute teachers.  If you provide him with a budget, he will find a way to build a plan to work with you.

We are focused on building curriculum maps and addressing our learning standards

In his work around the world, James hears this over and over.  He helps you to build a culture where the focus is on teaching learners HOW to learn.  This is not to say that the content is not important, but rather that the content is the vehicle that can be used to help build the skills and attitudes necessary to become a learner.

Reach out to discuss how we can help you.
Please feel free to email us, or fill out the form below

JAMES NOTTINGHAM

Consultant, Author, Keynote Speaker

This site represents two tradenames:

THE LEARNING PIT®

This trademark is held by James Nottingham (reg. No. 6.381.157) Uses of the Learning Pit for educational and not-for-profit purposes are usually permitted when seeking permission via this site.

CHALLENGING LEARNING

This is the name of the group of companies founded by James Nottingham (full details shown on the Contact Us page). It is also the name of his first book.

Get in touch