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Teaching Strategies

How Learning Happens

In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.

November 16, 2018

How can schools better align their practices with what the science says about human learning? Our new video series, featuring Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute, and Pamela Cantor, MD, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children, pairs research insights with a variety of illustrative strategies from schools, all grounded in the science of human learning and development. 

We think these techniques will resonate with educators everywhere: They are focused on taking advantage of the incredible opportunity to help children reach their full potential by creating positive relationships, experiences, and environments in which every student can thrive. In fact, the science is beginning to hint at even more dramatic outcomes. Practices explicitly designed to integrate social, emotional, and cognitive skills in the classroom, the research suggests, can reverse the damages wrought by childhood trauma and stress—while serving the needs of all students and moving them onto a positive developmental and academic path.

  • Brain-Based Learning

    Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

    Years of research prompt a group of scientists to ask whether we should rethink the way we do school.
    Heather Riley, Youki Terada
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    The Science of Learning and Development

    The research is clear: Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.
  • Mental Health

    Getting Started With Trauma-Informed Practices

    When teachers use strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma, all students reap the emotional and academic benefits.

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