There is no greater challenge or opportunity facing schools today than attracting and retaining the next generation of teachers and school leaders. But what if teachers and school leaders knew more about how the student and adult brain learns and thrives?
Research has shown that better understanding the science of learning provides educators enhanced professional satisfaction, confidence, and self-efficacy. As schools strive to ensure that our next generation of students learn from well-trained and high-performing teachers and leaders, knowledge of the principles and strategies of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science will be essential. That realization inspired St. Andrew’s to found its Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL), to form powerful partnerships with Teach For America (D.C. Region) and top-tier research universities, and to help teachers from dozens of peer private and public schools become more effective, research-informed educators.
Based on this experience, the CTTL will use its E.E. Ford Educational Leadership Grant to initiate a week-long Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy in order to train hundreds of exceptional public and independent school educators in the research and strategies of Mind, Brain, and Education Science and excite them about their future careers in education.
The first Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy will be held at St. Andrew’s in the summer of 2017 and is scheduled to take place in the school’s new Student Center.