Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs in Brooklyn, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. And as a recovering underachiever, he is a living example of what happens when we decide it is not okay to leave genius on the table. In 2015, Colin founded thinkLaw (www.thinklaw.us), an award-winning organization that helps educators leverage inquiry-based instructional strategies to close the critical thinking gap and ensure they teach and REACH all students, regardless of race or what side of the poverty line students were born into. He believes critical thinking skills are imperative to the future of work, where the majority of jobs today’s students will hold haven’t even been thought up yet. When he’s not stumping as the world’s most fervent critical thinking advocate, Colin plays the role of world’s greatest entertainer to his two young children and loving husband to his wife Carrie.

Friday, October 18, 9:40 am – 10:40 am “Thinking Like a Lawyer”: Practical Strategies to Close the Critical Thinking Gap

Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. What if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it’s been taught for thousands of years? “Thinking Like a Lawyer” is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from “what” and “how to” to “why” and “what if,” and Colin Seale will share practical instructional strategies for educators to give all students equitable access to deeper learning experiences.

Friday, October 18, 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm Gifted Education for the Cool Kids: Being Real About Social Capital & Achievement

Students are more accepting of each other than ever, 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 high-potential students enhance their social capital and fulfill their promise.

Address: Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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