Student Voice, Professional Development, Coaching, Demos

Robert Seth Price


Critical Thinking Tools

“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.”
—June Jordan

Critical thinking tools are across all content areas, for all grade levels and a foundation for life long thinking.

  • Collaborative Processes
    Students, Teachers, Leaders
  • Visual Tools
    As a Language for Organizing Our Thinking
  • Frame of Reference
    Our Cultural Frame of Reference is Our Identity
  • Inquiry Models
    Powerful Questions for Priming and Shared Inquiry for Depth and Understanding
  • Thinking Environments
    Belief and Belonging, People, Materials, Objects
Educational Support Professionals share about their collaboration with Robert as a Senior Scholar for National Urban Alliance.
Osseo Area Schools, Minnesota

Q U I C K   L I N K S

BMS University, Sri Lanka, Critical Thinking Workshop, 21 July 2023. Video, still photos and editing by Nirmani Wickramanayake. BMS University website.

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Gateway College (K-12) Workshop – Colombo, Sri Lanka • 13 July 2023Gateway College website
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Critical Thinking Guide
Critical Thinking Tools
 are the core, and grounding, of what supports and develops authentic student engagement. Student engagement is what keeps us as educators motivated in classrooms and our learning communities. This should be an environment for all students, in all schools, and in all places. Equity consciousness is grounded in belief and belonging for and of all students. Culturally validating pedagogy.

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“In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.”
—Audre Lorde

Interviews with teachers and students in classrooms at Clifford School about their successes implementing Pedagogy of Confidence with National Urban Alliance where Robert is a Senior Scholar.

Whole School Collaboration 2020-2023
Fair Oaks Elementary School
Osseo Area Schools, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
“Our partnership with Robert Price and the National Urban Alliance over the past three years has been pivotal in developing sustainability with the High Operational Practices that are embedded throughout our curriculum and daily routines. Fair Oaks staff have been on an NUA journey that began with a monthly cohort to both examine and increase our capacity to ensure equitable learning experiences for all students.

As a result of this work, our teachers recognize that NUA is not about isolated strategies for teaching particular concepts, but rather, we have had a philosophical shift in how we activate student voice and create equitable instruction that is purposeful across the curriculum. 

Through this work our staff has made monumental gains in focusing on student outcomes, including our students’ use of schema to make connections and think critically about curriculum.”
—the paragraphs above and the complete reflection are from the Fair Oaks Leadership Team.

Innovating —> Building —> Sustaining

Robert is always interested in new collaborations that bring our gifts together to innovate, build and sustain change for equity consciousness with critical thinking tools. Robert’s system approach is about bringing the whole community into the ‘choreography’:  from the board members to faculty to support staff to students to parents to bus drivers. The whole community. Contact Robert to schedule a visioning session.
Robert Seth Price CV

‘What is Student Voice’
Amplifying Student Voice
Redwood City School District, California
Amplifying Student Voice – students create videos to tell the lived stories

Technology Expertise 
Microsoft Word and Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Acrobat, Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Google Workspace, ­Filmic Pro, Keynote, WordPress, HTML, Ecamm Live, ESRI, and Zoom

Video cameras, mirrorless cameras, and microphones

Vintage animation with zoetropes, pfanakistascopes, flipbooks and thaumatropes

Early Childhood / Elementary Expertise
Phonics, writing, reading, mathematics, sciences, community

“We claim what we feel we deserve.”
—David Whyte

First Graders Talking Schema. The video is filmed by Robert while documenting the school in Long Beach, CA with Thinking Maps creator David Hyerle.

Frame of Reference and Schema

Schema – Part 1 (4 min)
Text to Self; Text to Text; Text to World.
SchemaPart 2 (4 min)
with Frame of Reference and Visual Tools.
Yvette Jackson: Personal Frame of Reference and Schema.

Frame of Reference: Emotions and Personal Experiences.

James Baldwin on the Frame of Reference.

“Even the most political poem is an act of faith.”
—Martin Espada


Addis Ababa Education Bureau Model School’s Leadership Teams • Thinking Schools Ethiopia Training
Thinking Maps™ and community. Tokyo, Japan.
SNNPRS Education Experts Training in Yirgalem SNNPRS, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia Education Strategy Center training with university professors from across Ethiopia


As a scholar and educator, Robert has been highly sought out over
the years for his ability to engage whole student bodies and school districts. Critical thinking and whole school collaboration is the key to application and implementation. He firmly believes that students are more successful when all administrators, teachers, staff (including paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria employees, bus drivers, etc.), and local community members engage in a student’s matriculation and success. Contact Robert to discuss a collaboration.
Download Robert Seth Price’s CV 

“Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves, and be free.”
—Cesar Chavez

National Urban Alliance (NUA) • Senior Scholar
  • Facilitate professional development for whole districts (on-site at schools and through Zoom)
  • Focus on equity consciousness, critical thinking, visual tools, collaborative models, and literacy across all content areas with PreK, K-5, middle school and high school students
  • Developed and implement Amplifying Student Voice model
  • Implemented wrap around hybrid model now used with the whole organization
  • Serve as Senior Advisor to the president and management team
  • Serve as technology lead (website design and implementation; videography and editing for documentation; and social media to promote NUA)
  • Created online modules and strategies for educators
Current whole school implementations include with the Redwood School District and Osseo Area Schools. Model examples in both districts include Clifford Elementary / Middle School (RCSD) and Fair Oaks Elementary School (OAS). Both districts continue this year with 5+ whole school implementations in each district.
“Our partnership with Robert Price and the National Urban Alliance over the past three years has been pivotal in developing sustainability with the High Operational Practices that are embedded throughout our curriculum and daily routines.” (2023)
Read the complete leadership reflections on our collaboration at Fair Oaks including video
Robert facilitating/collaborating with students from multiple schools part of Amplifying Student Voice using The Pedagogy of Confidence High Operational Practices.
Redwood City School District, California
The Pedagogy of Confidence™ – Dr. Yvette Jackson, Consultant
A collaboration with Dr. Yvette Jackson developing an interactive website as a companion to The Pedagogy of Confidence. 
  • Create online modules and videos used by educators
  • Developed and created the website
  • Development of the High Operational Practices interactive rubric

The CLEAR Model™ – Dr. Rev Hillstrom, Consultant

  • Collaborate with exploring ideas as a thinking partner with the founder
  • Created website
  • Created website content including video and systems modules
The Thinking Foundation, Thinking Schools International, Dr. David Hyerle, Consultant
Touching the Spirit™ – Augusta Mann, Consultant
  • Advise the CEO Founder of Touching the Spirit™ on online content
  • Developed and created the website including extensive video library
St. Paul’s Millennium Medical College and Hospital • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Thinking Schools Ethiopia, Consultant
Founder of grass roots student centered project with over 100 schools

Professional development part of whole region 36 school initiative
Tigray, Ethiopia

Thinking Design Healthcare Ethiopia, Consultant

Hoffer Elementary School, Banning, California
Opening of Hoffer Elementary student’s exhibit at the University of California, Riverside Photo Museum
Robert Seth Price and Joya Baker’s students
Banning, California

University of California Riverside Photo Museum, Consultant

  • Facilitated teacher trainings on vintage animation and video in the classroom – elementary and secondary

Ansel Adams Photo Museum, Consultant

  • Facilitated teacher trainings — Low Tech, High Tech — on vintage animation and video for students

California State University Fullerton, Adjunct Professor

  • Teacher and designer of the Clear Credential Technology Class

Brea Olinda School District – Laurel Elementary School, Teacher

  • Taught in self-contained elementary classrooms as a credentialed teacher
  • Highlights include a school garden

Lynwood Public Schools – Wilson Elementary School, Teacher

  • Taught in self-contained elementary classrooms as a credentialed teacher
  • Highlights include extensive cultural mural project

Hot Fudge Productions, Co-CEO

  • Co-founder/owner of record label including production of flexible picture records

Globe Associates, Manager, Marshall Islands in Oceania

  • Manager and sales of retail audio, music and cameras on Marshall Islands


Examples of Collaborations

Models and Methods
Video, Documentation, Film, Text

“No matter what accomplishments you make,
somebody helped you.”

—Althea Gibson

“Access your resources”
I often share to students,
and educators.

Who Am I, Who I am, a multi week module on student identity and cultural frame of reference while learning the Thinking Maps™
Peer to Peer Coaching is an important part of my collaborations. This online video is an example of short videos developed to support ongoing implementation of the Peer to Peer Coaching model.

The examples below include a media component with a brief caption, and weblink in multiple categories:

  • Amplifying Student Voice
  • Professional Development with Whole Schools
    Certificated and Classified
  • Writing, Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading
  • All Content Areas
  • Video for Learning
  • Documentation with Schools
  • Film Director, Video, Editor and Producer
  • Website Development for Education
  • View Robert’s Media Portfolio

Amplifying Student Voice

Amplifying Student voice is a focus of their own cultural frame of reference with critical thinking tools with students acting on their potential to produce the high intellectual performances that can motivate self-directed learning, self-actualization, and self-transcendence.  

High School
Student Voice Social Justice high school explorations with school wide installations.
Newark Public Schools, New Jersey
Elementary School
Second Grade, Amplifying Student Voice.
Osseo Area Schools, Minnesota
Middle School
Amplifying Student Voice – middle school students create videos to tell the lived stories
Redwood City, California

Professional Development with Educators and Education Leaders

Four grade 4-5 teachers at Clifford School (K-8) that Robert collaborates with as a Senior Scholar with National Urban Alliance, in Redwood City School District, CA, share their reflections on the collaboration and implementation.
more on the  collaboration.
The Fair Oaks Elementary, Osseo Area Schools, MN leadership team share their reflections on our collaboration including all teachers and support staff with virtual and in person Pre-K, K-5. (2022)
more about the collaboration.

 “Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging,” “Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see. . . . I wonder whether by ignoring our differences as women or men of color we do a disservice both to the law and society.”
—Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Professional Development with Students and Educators Observing

Phonics with Bridge Maps (Thinking Maps™), USA
Demonstration with students using visual mapping, Ethiopia

Director, Videographer, Editor, Producer

The HeArt Project
Robert Seth Price: Director, Videography, Producer; Charles Jones film editing
Los Angeles, California
The Minds of Mississippi (2013)
Robert Seth Price is co-producer for the Thinking Foundation funded documentary film

Students Create Mini
Documentary Films

Roosevelt School, Long Beach, California

Mapping the ideas with Thinking Maps™ and storyboarding the sequence
Documenting the students modeling the documentary process
Student Films

“We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived. ”
Tracy Chapman

Filmmakers filming and acting problem solution video in second/third grade classroom.
Banning, California
Classroom stop action. Second/third grade student team.
Banning, California
Thinking Schools Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, Tigray, SNNPR
Aksum, Hawassa, Hosanna, Yirgalem, Mekelle, Shire