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ICOT Miami will feature keynote speakers, featured speakers, researchers, practitioners and leaders in the fields of thinking and learning and who draw upon a variety of disciplines, including education, government, business, history, neuroscience, architecture, sociology and anthropology, health sciences, sports and the arts, among others.

ICOT Miami is organized by Florida International University (FIU), Visible Thinking South Florida and the Association for Thinking and Learning. FIU is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, education, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. FIU is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. As such, ICOT Miami leverages the body of knowledge on thinking, learning and education being developed by FIU researchers, faculty and students and their network of colleagues and peers. FIU is an Ashoka Changemaker campus dedicated to promote Ashoka’s mission of social entrepreneurship to further a culture of social innovation in higher education.

The Association for Thinking and Learning, originally Visible Thinking South Florida, is an initiative founded by Dr. Angela K Salmon in 2007 to engage new graduates in a professional community, support teachers’ continuous professional development and action research, and build communities of practice and networking. It aims to bring cutting-edge research on thinking and learning and coach practitioners in the implementation of new ideas. The association previously hosted five International Visible Thinking Conferences at FIU.


Miami is known as the “Gateway to the Americas.” As such, ICOT Miami is uniquely poised to connect thinkers and learners from around the world to promote the appreciation of the perspectives and contributions of diverse populations and to meet the challenges and opportunities of our increasingly global and interconnected world.

Located in Miami-Dade County in southeast Florida, Miami is a leader in finance, trade, tourism, entertainment, media, fashion, culture and the arts. It serves as the headquarters for Latin American operations for many multinational corporations, including AIG, American Airlines, Disney, Exxon, FedEx, Kraft Foods, Microsoft, Sony, Visa, Wal-Mart and Yahoo, among others. Miami International Airport and PortMiami are among the nation’s busiest ports of entry, especially for people and cargo from the Caribbean and South America. Nearly 60 percent of Miami-Dade County’s population was born outside of the U.S., and95 percent of Miami-Dade County’s foreign-born residents are from Latin America and the Caribbean. People from Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceana also make up the city’s multicultural mosaic.

Ideally located

Organized by Florida International University (FIU) and the Association of Thinking and Learning (ATL) at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ICOT Miami is ideally located in the heart of South Florida. The conference venue is nearly 11 miles from Miami International Airport and nearly 45 miles from the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Shuttled transportation to and from preferred hotels in nearby Doral, Fla. make it easy for patrons to attend the conference. Public transportation, including buses and trolleys, allow for easy traveling and exploring around neighboring areas including Sweetwater, Little Havana, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Brickell and Downtown Miami.