(152 customer reviews)

Presenters: Colin Seale
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Let’s be honest — when it comes to helping students reach their full potential, social capital matters. The fear of losing it can be a serious barrier for some students, especially students of color. In this course, Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, lays out engaging and provocative strategies for addressing this critical issue.


How do we reach and teach the “cool kids” so that they have an equal shot at their potential? Using current research and provocative examples, Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, engages course participants in a meaningful discussion about how social pressure affects student achievement — especially for students of color.

In this course, Mr. Seale moves the conversation toward practical solutions, focusing on three main strategies for addressing this critical issue:

  • Using active engagement to fight against gaps in social capital
  • Shifting the culture by bridging the gaps for students and their families
  • Laying out the rules of the game and helping students see their unique contributions to the world
According to Mr. Seale, when it comes to opportunities for our “cool kids,” it’s all about designing spaces that tap into the things that move them. He challenges course participants to make sure opportunities like this aren’t limited to a select few while providing the strategies necessary to make it possible to answer the call.

Colin Seale, Esq. is an education advocate and critical thinking expert who has merged his passion and experience for education, law, and social justice into thinkLaw, an award-winning program that helps educators teach critical thinking through standards-aligned, real-life legal cases and powerful and personalized professional development to help teachers implement engaging Socratic strategies across all grades and subject areas. Colin has been recognized as the 2016 Nevada Governor’s Conference Pitch Competition First Place & People’s Choice Winner, the 2016 Las Vegas National Bar Association Community Service Award Winner, and as a recipient of the ACLU of Nevada’s Community Juvenile Justice Award for thinkLaw’s work in ensuring that critical thinking is no longer a luxury good.

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152 reviews for Educational Achievement for the Cool Kids

  1. Karen – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    The presenter made good points for helping meet the needs of all students and identifying GT students.

  2. Raquel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course

  3. Raquel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course

  4. Raquel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course

  5. Stephanie – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Good info to ponder on students coming to the room

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