Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute
ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING INSTITUTE
Our goal is to understand learning at all levels of analysis— from the molecular level of understanding how brain cells work, through the cognitive level of understanding how children and adults learn to speak and read, and through the level of the classroom where people experience formal learning opportunities. The research questions that propel our institute include: What is the biological basis of memory? Why is it easy for a 2-year-old to learn multiple languages, but difficult for adults to learn a second language? Why and how do individuals differ in their ability to learn math? How can humans partner with machines to improve learning in both kinds of systems? Answering these and other questions forms the foundation for understanding learning across the lifespan in typical and atypical, gifted and challenged learners. Importantly, it supports the goal of optimizing learning for all.
WE WELCOME OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE JOHNS HOPKINS SCIENCE OF LEARNING INSTITUTE
Dr. Kelly Fisher
Executive Director, Science of Learning Institute
Dr. Kristin Gagnier
Assistant Director of Dissemination, Translation, & Education
The Center for
Transformative Teaching & Learning
St. Andrew’s School in Potomac, MD
As an Academy School, this summer, we supported a third group of faculty to attend the CTTL Summer Academy. The Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy is a five-day deep dive into Mind, Brain, Education science and how this research can inform, validate, and transform teaching and learning. Purposefully designed for educators within all school settings, the Academy develops public, charter, private, state, and international school educators' MBE knowledge, mindsets, and translational skills. In addition to the on-site Academy experience, each Academy participant traveled to Johns Hopkins for a “Science in Action Day,” where they met researchers and saw their work firsthand. After the Academy, participants receive ongoing mentoring and programmatic support throughout the school year. The Academy is co-designed by the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and individual faculty from the Johns Hopkins University Science of Learning Institute.
This past summer’s team represented all three divisions: Marie Murphy (LS), Gisela Schramm-Nagel (LS), Laura Burrows (MS), Matt Mendes (MS), Jay Rainville (MS), Carolina Olaya (US), and Fred Schmidt (AS/US).
Sarah Flotten, Coordinator of the PCC, attended in the Leadership track and Daisy Pellant, Director of the PCC, returned as Faculty for the Academy. We are also thrilled to share the expertise of Lower School teacher, Kim Schafer, and Middle School teacher, Jessica Wanless, who served as Translation Group Leaders at this summer’s Academy.
As MBE Practitioners, we follow a collaborative inquiry-based model. The PK-12 educational professionals at Breck will work with you to design and implement meaningful research. Quantitative and qualitative design proposals are welcomed.
Daisy Pellant, PhD
Director, Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education
Breck School • 123 Ottawa Ave N, Golden Valley MN 55244