Critical Thinking is the most essential 21st century skill but it is still a luxury good. Only 1 out of 10 educators teach critical thinking, and this educator usually only teaches at elite schools or to the most elite students.
Our world is in urgent need of critical thinkers. But critical thinking is hard to teach.
Critical thinking is the precursor to innovation, a key to college and career readiness and has been linked to more positive life outcomes. The complex global challenges we face today have placed a peak demand for critical thinkers. But our supply is limited because critical thinking is still a luxury good: only 1 of 10 educators teach it, and it’s usually only taught at the best schools or to the best students. This means that most students are taught to ask “what” and “how to” instead of “why” and “what if,” and rarely learn the habits and mindsets needed to apply critical thinking consistently.
thinkLaw helps educators teach critical thinking to all students using real life-legal cases.
Our comprehensive program of teacher tools, student guides, and virtual coaching is based on real-life cases because the law’s Socratic questioning methods make it easy for teachers to ask the questions that build student critical thinking skills. And the law speaks to students’ sense of fairness and justice, motivating them to adopt the critical thinking mindsets and habits needed to apply these skills throughout their lives. thinkLaw is also standards-aligned, allowing teachers to incorporate it into what they are already doing in their classrooms. thinkLaw gives under-resourced schools with time-strapped teachers all they need to facilitate critical thinking through engaging discussions, writing assignments, and other learning activities with under 1 hour of initial training and less than 20 minutes of prep time per lesson.
Awards & Fellowships
TFA Shark Tank: The One Day Challenge
LVNBA Community Service Award
TFA Social Innovation Award
Governor's Pitch Competition
1st Prize & People’s Choice Award
ACLUNV Community Juvenile Justice Award
Echoing Green Fellowship
Colin Seale, Teach For America corps member & Founder | CEO of thinkLaw, has always worked tirelessly to make educational equity a realization for his community. He seized the opportunity to get another step closer to reaching his goal during TFA’s 25th Anniversary Summit. Colin delivered an award winning pitch in front of a star-studded cast of Sharks and hundreds of allies at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2016.
Current, Past and Pilot Users of thinkLaw:
How organizations are using thinkLaw:
Dawson College Bound
– Dawson College Bound
– Equipo Academy
Explore Knowledge Academy
– Explore Knowledge Academy
IDEA San Benito Academy
-Hilda Salinas Briones, 5th Grader Teacher
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