Robert Seth Price • Mobile Critical Thinking Tools

Amplifying Student Voice (CA); Peer to Peer Coaching (CA); Professional Development (MN); Student Voice (NJ); Classroom Demonstration (MN)


Mobile Critical Thinking Tools

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

“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

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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.

Critical Thinking Guide

  • Collaborative Processes
    Collaborative Learning, Peer to Peer Coaching and Community Building Exercises.
  • Visual Tools and Mapping
    Visual Maps for brainstorming, cause/effect, compare/contrast, categories, sequencing, relationships/analogies, perspectives for expanding thinking with frames of reference.
  • Frame of Reference
    Cultural Frame of Reference, Schema, Depth and Complexity.
  • Questioning for Inquiry Models
    Powerful Questions, Guiding Questions and Socratic Seminar / Shared Inquiry.
  • Creating a Thinking Environment
    Belief, People, Objects and Materials.

You can download the Mobile Critical Thinking Tools guide, and additionally I would recommend the current collaborations with The Pedagogy of Confidence Leadership Action Guide as a resource. This collaboration with Yvette Jackson includes many of the models, methods and strategies within along with practical implementation modules, how to for many strategies, structures for implementation and research.
Download the Critical Thinking Guide

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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.

Frame of Reference and Schema

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


Robert Seth Price’s collaborations are with equity consciousness using critical thinking tools within a student/participant centered approach. His systems approach with all collaborations focuses on liberating our gifts through emancipating our actions.

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

Robert’s extensive collaborations have included many equity and critical thinking leaders including Yvette Jackson, Eric Cooper, Augusta Mann, Rev Hillstrom, David Hyerle, Bill Sommers, Stefanie Rome, Linda Montes, Maria Sudduth, Mary Oberg, and many others he is honored to have learned, created, developed and implemented with including professional development, student voice, websites, social media and more.
National Urban Alliance (NUA) • Senior Scholar
Robert collaboration with National Urban Alliance (NUA) includes facilitating professional development in person, hybrid and virtual; amplifying student voice models; media integration; action research documentation; and more. Examples of websites Robert created, developed content and implemented documenting district collaborations include:  National Urban Alliance (NUA); Redwood City;  Newark;  Osseo; and NUA Summer Institute 2021.
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.
The Pedagogy of Confidence Action Guide
A collaboration with Dr. Yvette Jackson developing an interactive website as a companion to The Pedagogy of Confidence. The Action Guide builds upon Yvette Jackson’s research and books on equity consciousness, High Operational Practices (HOPs) and mindfulness for High Intellectual Performances (HIPs). The action guide includes instructive video clips; modules for implementation; structures and strategies; amplifying student voice; and more.
A Pedagogy of Confidence collaboration with Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball High School beginning the 2022/23 school year led by Yvette Jackson and Carmen Jimenez (On Point Leadership). My role includes professional development (started August 2022) and classroom modeling and support throughout the school year.

The CLEAR Model
Robert is currently collaborating with Dr. Rev Hillstrom and Intercultural Innovations Inc. to vision, innovate and implement The CLEAR Model that Dr. Hillstrom has developed.

The collaboration with Rev Hillstrom, whose vision with the CLEAR model is grounding in change. Most recently (2022) Robert collaborated with Rev developing and implementing a new website aimed at organizations focused on equity.
Touching the Spirit • Augusta Mann
Robert’s collaborations include hundreds of professional development sessions; developing her website; developing the Patreon subscriber site; visioning video development; more.
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Robert’s collaborations with Thinking Schools Ethiopia (K-12) for 8+ years includes Education Bureaus in Addis Ababa, Hossana, Hawassa, Tigray and more. The collaborations include creating a Thinking Schools Ethiopia action guide and a website documenting the collaborations.
The Thinking Schools Ethiopia Guide (English)
Guide in Amharic/English Tigrinya
The Thinking Foundation & Thinking Schools International
Founded by Thinking Maps creator David Hyerle, the focus is on research of visual tools. Robert has collaborated with Dr. Hyerle for many years on visioning; technology developments including for qualitative documentation; co-authored the initial Thinking Schools International guide; and co-produced the Thinking Foundation film Minds of Mississippi.
Interviews with teachers and observations with students in classrooms of teachers at Clifford School and their successes implementing Pedagogy of Confidence that Robert collaborates with as a Senior Scholar with National Urban Alliance.
Robert facilitating and collaborating with students part of Amplifying Student Voice using The Pedagogy of Confidence High Operational Practices.


Examples of Collaborations

Models and Methods
Video, Documentation, Film, Text

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

—Althea Gibson

Peer to Peer Coaching is an important part of our collaborations. This online video is an example of short videos developed to support ongoing implementation of the Peer to Peer Coaching model.
see more about on the Pedagogy of Confidence website
Who Am I, a multi week module on student identity developing understanding of the classroom and school community was developed and implemented by Robert in collaboration with Yvette Jackson with the Pedagogy of Confidence online.
see more

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

  • Amplifying Student Voice
  • Professional Development
  • Use of Video for Learning
  • Qualitative Documentation with Schools
  • Film Director, Video, Editor and Producer
  • Website Development for Education
  • Professional Development with Health Care

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.  

Amplifying Student Voice
Redwood City School District, CA
Students share ‘What is Student Voice’
Student Voice Social Justice explorations with High Operational Practices and school wide installations. NJ collaboration with NUA: University High School

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.
more about the collaboration.

Director, Video, Editor, Producer

Robert Seth Price: Director, Video, Producer
Robert Seth Price: Co-Producer

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

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

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

 “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

Thinking Schools Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, Tigray, SNNPR
Aksum, Hawassa, Hosanna, Yirgalem, Mekelle, Shire