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Deans for Impact launches teacher prep learning science initiative

By Linda Jacobson, Education Dive Deans for Impact, a coalition of college deans and leaders from traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs across the country, will choose five to seven of those programs for a new initiative focused on better preparing future teachers to incorporate cognitive science into their practice. Last week, the Chan Zuckerberg […]

Analysis — We Need a New Way to Talk About Educational Equity: From Achievement Gaps to Out-of-School Enrichment, Postsecondary Preparation & Beyond

By Ashley Jochim, The 74 Ashley Jochim is a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell This essay also appeared in CRPE’s 25th anniversary collection, Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education Ally and Stacy are typical American high school seniors. Ally leaves […]

The Future of Education: How Cities Can Leverage Community Assets, Social Networks, and Personal Passions in Extending Their Learning Systems Beyond the Classroom

By Betheny Gross, The 74 Betheny Gross is a senior research analyst and research director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and affiliate faculty at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. She coordinates CRPE’s quantitative research initiatives, including analysis of portfolio districts, charter schools, and emerging […]


Glenn Whitman is at the forefront of integrating the science of learning into actual classroom settings. Through his work as the Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrews Episcopal School, Glenn bridges the gap between the research and the classroom. ​Using research-based models to create student schedules, from 10-minute breaks to help […]

New Audits Help Schools Rethink Students’ Reading ‘Diets’

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week Kale and iceberg lettuce both meet the formal definition of a leafy green, but that’s where the similarities end. A new curriculum project is trying to help districts make similar distinctions in the diet of reading materials their students get: Are they complex and maybe a bit challenging—or bland, inoffensive, […]

Scores show 850,000 high school juniors are ready for college. Starting early could save them time — and money. New report asks: why make them wait?

By Kate Stringer, LA School Report (Source: Education Reform Now) It isn’t news that some students are academically ready for college before high school graduation. But it might be a surprise to know that nearly 1 in 4 11th-graders meet this benchmark at the end of the school year, according to results from the ACT […]

Kirsten PetersenFebruary 22, 2019Neuroteach Global / News The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School launched Neuroteach Global, a first-of-its-kind virtual professional development experience for teachers in January in Delta County, Colorado. During this launch, Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL, and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Head of Research for the CTTL, guided 350 teachers as they embarked on their training in Mind, Brain, and Education Science. Delta County School District, located in rural Colorado, is the first school district in the world to train 100% of its teachers and administrators through Neuroteach Global. “It is our belief that our teachers are our best resource when it comes to student achievement,” said Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent of the Delta County School District. “Mind, Brain, and Education Science helps our teachers not only with instruction, but with understanding how students learn the most efficiently and effectively. Neuroteach Global extends that learning for our teachers and puts the theory into practice for our teachers.” Developed in partnership with the software firm Talented, and with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Omidyar Group, Neuroteach Global (NTG) delivers online micro-learning experiences that allow teachers and school leaders to translate into classroom practice the latest evidence on how teacher quality, student outcomes, and student well-being can be enhanced through the Science of Learning. Neuroteach Global is only possible because of the commitment of St. Andrew’s teachers to studying and applying research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education Science. Since 2007, the school has maintained the MBE training of all preschool through 12th grade teachers and administrators. The experience and internationally recognized leadership of St. Andrew’s teachers in bringing MBE research to classroom translation was critical to the design of Neuroteach Global. Teachers from all four divisions of the school participated in the Alpha and Beta pilots of Neuroteach Global. There are currently 14 St. Andrew’s teachers working toward their MBE Level I certification through Neuroteach Global, which will be the next level of training for the entire St. Andrew’s faculty later in 2019. Each of the four Neuroteach Global tracks – Curriculum Design, Pedagogy and Assessment, Strategies for Student Success and Wellbeing, and Learning Environments – consist of three micro-courses, which take about an hour to complete. Participants learn, through spaced practice and storified experiences, about how they can apply Mind, Brain, and Education Science research. Neuroteach Global is the first virtual professional development experience that uses the Science of Learning to teach the Science of Learning. Each micro-course also provides teachers a chance to receive feedback on the classroom application of the research, enabling the CTTL to sustain its relationship with participants beyond a two-day workshop or the week-long Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy. “It’s not one and done,” said Dr. Kelleher. “Crucially, they have the next year for spaced practice to go deeper with Neuroteach Global.” Whitman said launching Neuroteach Global with public school teachers and school leaders speaks to the CTTL’s mission. “When we launched the CTTL in 2011, we wanted a large percentage of our work to have a public purpose,” Whitman said. “I think (launching in Delta County) validates our commitment to making educational neuroscience accessible regardless of geography or school type. It further validates that a virtual tool of this sort is a solution to closing the educational neuroscience gap that currently exists among teachers and school leaders.” Through teachers’ engagement with the platform, lessons in the web-based app are unlocked for teachers and school leaders in under-resourced areas of the world at no cost. Participants in Delta County, as an example, are helping teachers at Uhuru Gardens Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya (657 students in grades 1-8) gain access to Neuroteach Global. Watch the video to learn more about Neuroteach Global and visit http://www.neuroteach.us to sign up for the platform. TAGS: DELTA COUNTY, MIND BRAIN EDUCATION SCIENCE, NEUROTEACH GLOBAL, NEUROTEACH GLOBAL LAUNCH, SCIENCE OF LEARNING,

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School launched Neuroteach Global, a first-of-its-kind virtual professional development experience for teachers in January in Delta County, Colorado. During this launch, Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL, and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Head of Research for the CTTL, guided 350 teachers as they embarked on their training in Mind, […]

Let Some High School Juniors Go Directly To College

By Michael Dannenberg and Anne Hyslop EducationNext The reality is 1 in 4 high school students are academically ready for college by the end of 11th grade. If we’re willing to think and act outside the century-old box of requiring all students to complete 12 years of school before starting college, we could cure “senioritis” […]

Education Micro-Credentials 101: Why Do We Need Badges?

By Peter Greene, Forbes Micro-credentials are one of the hot rising ideas in the education space. To understand the basics, go look at your child’s Xbox or PlayStation. For most of the major games, there is an accompanying set of achievements, or badges. Every time a player achieves a particular task (kill 50 zombies without […]