About The Thinking Project Institute (TTPI)

Using The Work of Byron Katie, we work with teachers and schools in lower income communities to question fixed-mindset thinking, and to build vibrant, open-minded, socially and emotionally literate learning communities.

With a foundation in The Work, The Thinking Project Institute works with students, educators and communities to develop an awareness of thought.  Students explore the thinking underlying human history and interactions, and the choices and decisions people make every day.  Students learn to identify and question thoughts that cause suffering in themselves, others and the world.  They also learn to see situations through multiple perspectives, and engage with their inner and outer worlds with more honesty and resilience.

Questioning one-dimensional thinking is a way to nurture democratic citizenship and tolerance in classrooms and society.  We're committed to working with teachers and students to question the thoughts that blocks us from living more peaceful, just, and humane lives - both inwardly and outwardly.  We are committed to equity, open-mindedness, and we champion children and educators.  We seek to build sustainable, strong relationships with teachers and schools.  We look forward to meeting you!

Bios and Contact

Rachel Pickett and Linda Dellett founded TTPI in 2016 and worked for it jointly until July 2018, when Linda moved on from her position. Her work and efforts are appreciated and honored, as are her daughter’s, Kate Dellett. Rachel has continued as president of TTPI’s Board and is Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Rachel Pickett

Founder, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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Welcome!  I discovered The Work in 2002, and it radically changed my life for the better.  I'd never learned what a thought was, or how to identify and question my thoughts.  I just believed thoughts when I got stressed about something.  The Work changed this; I learned that I can put my thoughts down on paper and question them.  I learned that often what I'm assuming isn't the truth or isn't the full story.  A few years after discovering The Work I was standing in a grocery store check out line, and thought "I should have learned this (The Work) in school."  My mind quickly turned this thought around to "I should bring this to schools," and this turnaround propelled my application to teacher preparation programs, my journey as a new teacher, my work with Linda co-founding TTPI, and it remains at the heart of my purpose as an educator and as a TTPI director to this day. In 2017 TTPI received a two-year grant, personally arranged for by Byron Katie, which allowed me to leave my job teaching and pursue the development of TTPI’s program and whole-school model at our partner and pilot school, STEM Launch.

I’m passionate about building creative, thoughtful curriculum, and interweaving classroom management and curricular content with The Work and thought-based social-emotional learning.  As a TTPI director and coordinator, I'm strive to work with teachers to design classrooms where multiple perspectives are valued, where learning is relevant to the lives we lead, and where students develop ways of thinking that support them in leading positive, thoughtful, creative, contributing lives.  Developing TTPI’s program is often full of prototyping and innovation :)  With TTPI’s work in classrooms and camps, I am beginning to build relationships with teachers, schools, communities, and organizations to develop whole school learning cultures of inquiry, kindness and (more) accurate thinking.  TTPI wants every child to have the opportunity to think open-mindedly, to learn how to question stressful and limiting thoughts.  I hold a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and am a Certified Facilitator of The Work.  

I'd love to connect, so please feel free to email. :)

Also, if you are interested in receiving a biweekly email of resources and student work, please email and let me know.

Contact Rachel at: rachel@thethinkingproject.org or  rachel.w.pickett@adams12.org