PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR CRITICAL THINKING
Critical thinking is one of the most important 21st century skills and is essential for college and career readiness. However, teaching students to think critically is difficult: it takes a great deal of time, training, and expertise to do it in a meaningful way that helps students unleash their critical thinking potential. This workshop provides educators and school leaders with practical tools to bring critical thinking into every classroom for every student. Participants will:
- Develop a working understanding of why critical thinking is challenging to teach
- Understand several powerful inquiry strategies to enhance critical thinking and increase student engagement
- Understand the link between critical thinking challenges and student behavior, conflict resolution, and decision making
- Gain practical tools for assessing and improving the level of critical thinking instruction occurring in their classrooms
When: Saturday Morning (9:00am – 12:30pm)
Where: Room 213
Who: Teachers, Grades K-12
SPECIAL EDUCATION IN CHARTER SCHOOLS: INTERACTIVE EXPLORATIONS OF REAL LEGAL CASES
It is difficult for all teachers and administrators to know all federal and state laws governing Special Education and properly apply these laws. This workshop will teach you how to practically address common Special Education issues through an interactive exploration of three real situations that should be familiar to any educator or administrator. By reviewing federal and state Special Education laws and understanding how to apply these laws in real-life scenarios – as if you were the decision maker – this workshop will provide practical suggestions for reducing the risk of special education litigation. Participants will:
- Understand special education mandates of state and federal law
- Understand charter school exceptions to federal and state special education requirements
- Gain practical tools for resolving conflicts involving special education issues
- Develop an increased understanding of how positive family relationships reduce the risk of special education incidents
When: Saturday Afternoon (1:30pm – 5:00pm)
Where: Room 213
thinkLaw reflects Colin’s diverse educational and professional background. Colin began tutoring while still a teenager in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. His passion for education led to becoming a middle school math teacher and Teach for America Corps member in Washington, D.C. after earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor in African American Studies at Syracuse University.
Colin later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and completed graduate level coursework in secondary education and economics. As a Management Analyst for the Department of Family Services in Nevada, Colin helped to transform the foster parent licensing process. He later returned to the classroom, teaching middle and high school math at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. During this time, Colin also attended law school part-time at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Prior to founding thinkLaw, Colin practiced litigation and intellectual property at Greenberg Traurig where he also provided pro bono services to the Children’s Attorney Project through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, representing children in the foster care system.