It should surprise no one that English Learners, African American students, and students from low-income families are over-represented in special education programs and underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. This is personal to thinkLaw Founder Colin Seale, who considers himself lucky that his 1st grade paraprofessional recommended him for this Brooklyn, NY’s gifted program because she saw through his misbehavior and saw a child who was not being challenged enough academically. Making sure that stories like this are no longer exceptions to the rule, Colin is excited to be championing gifted education as an equity issue at the 2018 Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented’s Gifted Plus Conference in San Antonio, June 14-16!

You’re invited to attend both of Colin’s sessions and the amazing student panel he is hosting:

Gifted Education for “Cool Kids”: Developing Social Capital for Secondary G/T Students, Friday 10am-11am | Incanto room 3

Students are more accepting of each other than ever before, but gifted students, particularly in older grades and in low-SES subgroups, face tremendous social pressures that may limit them from reaching their full potential. Discover practical strategies and structures to help gifted students enhance their social capital.

Pensamiento Critico: Using Language as An Asset To 21st Century Skills, Friday 1:15pm-2:15pm | Sala Cristallo room

English learners use complex reasoning, advanced decoding skills, and navigate nuance every day. Yet, the assets these students bring to school often go unrecognized, as many educators view limited English proficiency as a barrier to rigorous critical thinking instruction. This is simply not true. Learn how English Learners can blossom when challenged with instruction that taps into their inherent sense of justice and unleashes their academic language development.

Student Panel- In Their Own Words: A Conversation with

What does it mean to be a gifted + student in today’s schools? Join this panel of outstanding young voices as they share their experiences, challenges, and the things they wish that educators around them understood. Leave remembering why you serve these students and feeling empowered to meet the needs of all students in your classroom.

Colin can also be found at thinkLaw booth in the exhibit hall to answer any questions you might have or to chat about how to partner with thinkLaw.


To order a critical thinking assessment for your students or to learn how your school or organization can adopt thinkLaw’s standards-aligned program that helps educators teach critical thinking to all students, please click here to schedule a time to speak with someone on the thinkLaw team or call us now at (702) 318-7512. Join us on our next webinar: Thinking Like a Lawyer: Powerful Strategies to Teach Critical Thinking to All Students