thinkLaw Newsletter: The Hard Part about “Easy”

Message from Colin Seale, thinkLaw’s Founder and CEO

K-12 education often depends on excellence and extreme effort as a baseline requirement for all educators. This is odd. As a new attorney, my job was challenging. But I had support from my assistant, paralegals, and senior attorneys, allowing me to get the job done despite my limited skill set in the easiest way possible. Requiring excellence and extreme effort in education is just not sustainable. But making it easy is hard.

As we dive into 2020, think about how you might do the hard work on your end to make someone else’s work easier on the other side. System leaders, give your principals concrete ideas of how to seamlessly implement new mandates into existing structures. Principals, use “making it easy” as a guiding principle when thinking about how teachers made adjustments after reviewing mid-year data. And educators, think about streamlining communication for families while also simplifying the procedures and routines to make the path to success clearer for students. 

At thinkLaw, we’re consistently pushing ourselves to make our lofty goal of closing the critical thinking gap easier for school systems. We’re starting early with PreK partnerships to close the gap before it starts. The “Thinking Like a Lawyer” book published through Prufrock Press spells out our strategies in a reflective format with lots of practical implementation ideas. Our curriculum, used across 23 states, allows teachers to unleash student critical thinking potential in under 15 minutes of prep time. We aren’t a silver bullet (there aren’t any in education), but we are excited to partner with amazing leaders across the country to make the challenging goal of education equity a little bit easier. Thanks for being part of thinkLaw’s Critical Thinking Revolution!

Practical Tools for the “How”

Still looking for ways to teach the number one skill students need for the 21st Century? It’s not too late to bring thinkLaw’s award-winning curriculum to your summer school programs, after school programs, and, of course, the 2020-2021 school year!

Curious about how to start? Here are two ways to get started:

  1. Head over to thinkLaw’s TPT store for over 70 Critical Thinking lessons that are sure to get your students engaged. Here are a few that’ll get your students excited for some upcoming events:
    • Martin Luther King Day– Take your class deeper this year when you remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr while your class re-visits the story as investigators.
    • Super Bowl– Use Super Bowl commercial lawsuits to excite your class before the big game!
    • Valentine’s Day– No Love Lost offers FIVE Persuasive writing activities that are perfect for keeping students engaged and excited!
  2. Request a quote to have access to all of these items andthinkLaw’s award-winning curriculum for Pre-k through high school!

Transforming the Education Dialogue

Colin is transforming the discussion around education through keynote addresses all over the country this year. Get in on the Critical Thinking Revolution!

Book Colin as your keynote speaker today!

Won’t be close to one of the keynotes and already booked for speakers? You can still get in on the conversation by pre-ordering a copy of Colin’s book today!





January 24 – 26, 2020

Frisco, TX

Featured Presenter: “Shady Goldilocks & Other Problematic Characters in Children’s Literature: Critical Thinking Strategies for Elementary Teachers”

TASA Midwinter Conference 

January 26-29, 2020

Austin, TX

National ESEA Conference 

February 4 – 6, 2020

Atlanta, GA

Session: Critical Thinking as the Key to Classroom Management

School Leaders of Color Conference 

February 6 – 8, 2020

Las Vegas, NV

2020 AAGT Conference 

February 6 – 7, 2020

Phoenix, AZ

Session: “Talking about Controversy Without Becoming The Controversy”
Session: “The Bigger Picture: Leveraging G/T Education to Maximize Achievement for ALL Students”

Southern Region Child Welfare Workforce Development Conference

February 17 – 18, 2020

Riverside, CA

Keynote Speaker

KAGE Conference 2020

February 23 – 25, 2020

Lexington, KT

Keynote Speaker

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