thinLaw Newsletter: What if fear didn’t stop us?

Colin, Keynoting at the Developing Future Excellence Conference on February 18th, 2020

Message from Colin Seale, thinkLaw’s Founder and CEO

Fear is powerful. In 5 years of leading thinkLaw’s Critical Thinking Revolution, I have seen fear silence leaders in the fight for educational equity. Afraid of angry parents in positions of privilege who see creating an equitable playing field as an oppressive act. Afraid to give students power over their own learning because of what they might do with that power. Afraid of the consequences of breaking bad rules in a system that teaches about Dr. King during Black History Month but ignores his lesson that “an unjust law is no law at all.” Consider the necessary risks we don’t take because we are afraid, and multiply those by the number of people afraid to take these risks, and it becomes clear why equity remains so elusive. Fear is normal. But this work requires us to be abnormally brave. My ask: understand that if that important fight you are fighting isn’t making you scared, it probably isn’t a big enough fight. Use the fear as a reminder that you are doing the exact work you are supposed to be doing. Thank you for not letting fear stop you from courageously leading this work.

Summer is coming. How will you empower and engage your students? Make ita win-win situation for everyone and partner with thinkLaw! We’ll do the leg-work while your students are engaged in the tools they need to change the world. Request a quote today to give your students an impactful Summer School Program!

Have you gotten your Summer Book Study planned yet? Study a powerful but practical framework to give you the tools and knowledge to teach critical thinking to all students by ordering a copy of Colin’s book today! Bonus: Have all your Book Study Buddies order together and we’ll get you a bulk order discount!


Make it easy on yourself check out thinkLaw’s Themed Lessons for upcoming events! Already a thinkLaw Partner? Perfect! You’ve already got access to all of the TPT lessons in your Google drive. If you’re not a thinkLaw partner yet, check out our TPT store for some ready-to-go Critical Thinking Lessons!

Daylight Savings Time (3/8)

When it comes to daylight saving time, states have two options; stay in standard time or switch to daylight saving time. A bill was introduced to Congress on for Florida to change the federal law and allow states to stay on daylight saving time all year. Should it be Daylight Savings All the Time?

Pi Day (3/14)

Lars wrote a musical composition in 1992. He assigned each number a corresponding note and played Pi. Lars copyrighted his song. Fast forward almost 20 years. Another musician used the exact same technique to write another pi song. Lars sued him. Should he win? Let your class decide in Everyone Wants a Piece of the Pi!

St. Patrick’s Day (3/17)
Catching Leprechauns is a perfect lesson for younger learners and focuses on legends surrounding leprechaun while working through three critical thinking exercises! Tap into your older students’ sense of justice in the lesson Bad Luck, where a lady gets clobbered by cabbage thrown from a parade float.


Kentucky Gifted Conference

February 23 – 25, 2020
Lexington, KY
Keynote Speaker

ASCD Empower 2020

March 13 – 16, 2020
Los Angeles, CA

California Charter School Conference

March 16 – 19, 2020
Long Beach, CA

TAGT Leadership Conference

March 29 – 31, 2020
Houston, TX

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