Books by Colin Seale

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  • Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students
  • Tangible Equity: A Guide for Leveraging Student Identity, Culture, and Power to Unlock Excellence In and Beyond the Classroom

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Friday, December 8th

Opening Keynote

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Speaker: Colin Seale

Tangible Equity: From Implicit Bias to Explicit Excellence
What do we stand to lose when we finally give up on “those kids”, when we think of discipline only as a series of escalating consequences and punishments, and security as a system that eliminates the freedom and psychological safety to be brilliant? We are often told: “Achieving equity is a marathon, not a sprint”, but so many of us are tired of running marathons with no end in sight. It’s tempting to get overwhelmed by the big picture, to believe that the system is irreparably broken and call it a day. But we are the system and we, as educators, have real power to engineer conditions at the human level that have the potential to create tangible change for our “hardest to reach” kids. If we could, minute by minute, begin to make practical choices that foster a learning environment that works for the “toughest cases”, each and every student could begin to thrive, to feel joy, and to learn. We start this work by acknowledging the pain that we all have felt and still feel, and then we imagine what a better school day might look like tomorrow.

Friday, December 8th

Roundtable Discussion – Group A

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Roundtable Discussion – Group B

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Speaker: Colin Seale

Tier 1 Instruction: The Equity Secret Weapon

DEI consultants have been hired. Trainings have been held. Initiatives have been initiated. And what have we got to show for it? Angry citizens, chaos at the schoolboard meeting, and lawmakers determined to roll back the hard won progress. But what about the students? True educational equity continues to remain out of reach in too many communities where it’s either a box to be checked or a goal that is too frightening to pursue. Tier 1 instruction is your most powerful equity tool. How can you leverage it to get the academic, social, and emotional outcomes we all want, to do what is right by each student? By rethinking the school day as a series of opportunities to teach explicit critical thinking skills to students, we can begin to transform outcomes in and out of the classroom.

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