thinkLaw is proud to be one of the many powerful tools and resources that the students of Mater Academy will use to help them to follow their dreams. Don’t take our word for it. Check out what Principal Renee Fairless had to say:
“Mater Academy is located in one of the highest poverty and crime-ridden areas of the Las Vegas Valley, but we still fight every day to accomplish our vision of developing successful scholars with 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. I’m excited about implementing thinkLaw at Mater Academy because thinkLaw is engaging, rigorous, and easy for our teachers to use. thinkLaw is allowing our novice teachers to have student-led activities where students do all the heavy-lifting. This is one of the most innovative programs I’ve seen in my 30 years in education.” – Renee Fairless
WHAT IS THINKLAW?
We know that critical thinking is hard to teach, but it remains one of the most important 21st century skills. New tests require students to apply critical thinking to challenging questions. But critical thinking is still a luxury good: less than 1 of 10 educators teach it and that educator is often at an elite school or only teaches critical thinking to elite students.
thinkLaw closes this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking to ALL students through 25 engaging, standard-aligned lessons based on real-life legal cases. These cases tap into students’ inherent sense of justice and fairness and empower students to do the heavy lifting through critical thinking tasks usually reserved for law students. thinkLaw’s comprehensive program includes teacher guides and tools to allow them to deliver lessons with under 20 minutes of prep time, student workbooks, and 3 sessions of virtual coaching.
thinkLaw is on a mission to have its program implemented in 200 schools by the end of 2016.