2021 NYC CTE Keynote Address: The Equity Case for Critical Thinking in CTE as a Pathway for Justice

The Equity Case for Critical Thinking in CTE as a Pathway for Justice

Culturally responsive teaching. Anti-racist education.Trauma-informed instruction. These important ideas and mindsets frame crucial equity conversations in education today in the midst of the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice. But when it comes to unleashing our students’ capacity to break the things that need to be broken, the equity case for creating learning environments that go beyond preparing students to have a “good job,” has never been stronger. Join Colin Seale , Founder and CEO of thinkLaw and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Practical Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students as he shares his unique approach to leveraging CTE as a critical thinking priority to make equity real in and beyond the classroom .
Breakout Session
Thinking Like a Lawyer: Practical Tools to Incorporate Critical Thinking into CTE and Beyond
Brilliance is distributed equally. But too often, opportunity is not. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the strongest possible case for prioritizing critical thinking instruction, but we still treat critical thinking as a luxury good. Equity requires educators to remove the systemic barriers far too many students face to unleashing their critical thinking potential. This workshop outlines powerful, but practical tools CTE educators can apply immediately to close the critical thinking gap using easy-to-integrate, curriculum-agnostic “Thinking Like a Lawyer” strategies that help students transition from asking “what” and “how to” to asking “why” and “what if.



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