THe Science of Teaching and School

Leadership Academy

July 21-25, 2019


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 travels to Johns Hopkins for a  “Science in Action Day,” where they meet researchers and see 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.
 

The aims of the Academy are to help teachers and school leaders:

  1. develop knowledge about Mind, Brain, Education science

  2. identify ways in which MBE research can inform, validate, and transform educational practice

  3. develop action research projects to implement MBE-informed strategies in classrooms and evaluate their effectiveness

Structure of the Academy:

To help the CTTL accomplish these goals, the Academy will include the following types of sessions:

  • Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Sessions: Sessions are designed to provide attendees with foundational content knowledge in MBE topical areas, highlight examples of how MBE may inform classroom practices, and showcase basic components of research design. Note that the first MBE session will also provide a high-level introduction to research design. (All attendees will participate in each MBE session).

  • Deep Dive Sessions: Sessions are designed to provide attendees with foundational content knowledge in particular topical areas, highlight examples of how they may inform classroom practices, and showcase basic components of research design. (Attendees will select deep dive sessions to attend.)

  • Translation Sessions: Sessions are designed to build upon attendees’ new knowledge gained from MBE and Deep Dive sessions and develop their foundational skills for conducting action-based research. Specifically, sessions will focus on identifying possible research-informed instructional strategies (e.g., changes to curriculum, pedagogies, class structure, etc.) and corresponding action research questions, research designs, and data plans. All attendees will have a translation group led by a practitioner experienced in applying MBE science in their schools.

  • Johns Hopkins University Science in Action Day. Attendees will visit Johns Hopkins University to learn about the translation pipeline (from foundational to applied research to practice), visit two laboratories to learn how foundational and applied science is conducted, and explore how such research may inform classroom practice. All attendees will participate in the Science in Action Day; each attendee will select two labs of interest to visit.

  • Research-informed Project Design Day. The last day encourages attendees to draw upon their knowledge gained over the course of the Academy to create action research plans that they will implement in their classrooms.