Heading back to school was always an exciting time for me as a student, and even more exciting as a teacher. But neither compares to the last 45 days of training teachers in 25 cities as part of our back-to-school “Thinking Like a Lawyer” professional development tour! For the 2019-20 school year, I’m thrilled to share that we are partnering with schools in over 20 states to help them close the critical thinking gap with thinkLaw’s award-winning curriculum, professional development, and parent workshops.  

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In the meantime, my platform as a Forbes contributor continues to shift the narrative on ensuring we equitably prepare all learners for the future of work. Pieces like this profile of Braven, a game-changing organization closing the post-college opportunity gap for first generation students and my discussion with the head of the International Baccalaureate programme about making its elite academic program more accessible are all part of our vision of change.  

And this is just the beginning. My wife and I wrote a piece longing for an Education Green Book to help Black families find schools where their children will both thrive academically and as human beings.  In my first piece for The 74, I used my experience as a gifted student growing up poor in Brooklyn, NY to argue that NYC’s gifted programs should be expanded, not eliminated. This idea that we need to stop leaving genius on the table is also the foundation of the keynote speeches I will deliver at the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Parents Institute, Tennessee Charter Schools Conference in November, the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education in February, and the Davidson Institute’s Young Scholar Summit in June.  

And I’m excited to formally announce that I will be releasing my first book, “Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students” with Prufrock Press, one of the nation’s preeminent education publishers for topics relating to supporting gifted, advanced, and special needs learners. This book will be published in Spring 2020 and will give us an even broader platform to address the “how” of closing the critical thinking gap. 

Thank you so much for being a part of our journey. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay connected to our work. There is also still time to request a quote for this year. And there is always time to check out our latest curricular offerings at the thinkLaw Teachers Pay Teachers store. Lastly, if you are interested in having me serve as a keynote or featured speaker for your organization this year, please reach out!  

Thanks again for helping us create a world where critical thinking will no longer be a luxury good.