The Science Of Teaching & School Leadership Academy
Jul 27

The Science Of Teaching & School Leadership Academy

      Each year, the Academy will bring up to 150 traditional public, public-charter and independent school teachers and leaders to the Washington, DC region for a five-day intensive, and fun, immersion into Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science research-informed teaching and learning. Academy participants will then receive year-round mentoring and must commit to participate in a longitudinal study designed by university researchers. The study will measure how the professional development experience of Academy participants impacts teacher efficacy, pedagogical practice, student achievement, and long-term commitment to the teaching profession. Through the Academy, the CTTL aims to help teachers and school leaders use the growing body of educational neuroscience to inform the design of their schools and classrooms. The CTTL’s goal is for all students— regardless of zip code or school type— to learn and develop with the guidance of a teacher who knows the research behind how his or her brain works, learns, and changes. 


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National Diversity Practitioners Institute
Jun 28

National Diversity Practitioners Institute

Designed specifically for diversity practitioners, the 3-day program will:

  • engage participants with interactive sessions that will deepen core knowledge around diversity, identity, and inclusion 
  • provide a framework for developing and implementing trusted practices
  • give members an opportunity to plan their diversity efforts at their school with support from institute faculty throughout the year in a formal mentoring program
  • promote networking and resource sharing among members  

This conference is not meant solely for diversity directors.
NDPI is for practitioners - anyone who wishes to aid the building and sustaining of inclusive school communities. 

Last year, we had among our group diversity directors, deans, admissions directors, teachers, curriculum coordinators, division heads, and assistant heads of school. 

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Institute Facilitators:
Rodney Glasgow (Institute Chair)- Chair, NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and Head of Middle School, St. Andrew's Episcopal School
John Gentile- Educational Consultant
Diane Nichols- Director of Diversity and Student Leadership, Worcester Academy
Toni Graces Williamson- Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Abington Friends School
Rohan Arjun- Asst. Director of Admission, St. Mark's School
Yvonne Adams- Director of Diversity, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

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Teaching All Kinds Of Minds: The Principles and Strategies of Neuroeducation
Jun 21

Teaching All Kinds Of Minds: The Principles and Strategies of Neuroeducation

Now in its fifth year, the Teaching All Kinds of Minds Workshop, for K-12 educators and school leaders, approaches the science of teaching and learning through academic themes (e.g., listening, speaking, reading and writing) and provides tools and activities for next-day classroom use.

Participants develop an understanding for the All Kinds of Minds Neurodevelopmental Framework for Learning (NDFL) that was revised in 2016 to reflect the most current research in Mind, Brain, and Education Science research. Each module over this three-day workshop helps participants practice applying the language and framework of All Kinds of Minds to the demands of specific academic skills placed on each student's learning brain.

One of the key outcomes of this workshop is that each participant will have a framework and language to inform how they design their classes and work with each individual student and evaluate each student’s current learning strengths and weaknesses.

This workshop is facilitated by the co-authors of Neuroteach and teachers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal where 100% of the Pre-school through 12th grade faculty have been trained in the All Kinds of Minds program.

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·       Dr. Ian Kelleher is the coauthor of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education and Head of Research for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. He grew up in Cambridge, England and went to the University of Manchester as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in geochemistry. He returned to Cambridge as a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College, working in the Department of Earth Science. Ian teaches chemistry, physics and robotics, as well as coaches boy’s JV soccer. Ian also co-facilitates the CTTL”s “Creating Innovators through Design Thinking” workshop and is responsible for the CTTL’s Teacher and Student Research Fellowship Program.

·       Susheela Robinson is the Head of the English Department at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Susheela Robinson joined St. Andrews in 2006 as a 6th and 7th grade English teacher. Her career in education has included teaching in places from South Dakota to the Virgin Islands. Most recently she taught at an all girls school in Greenwich, Connecticut for eight years, the sister school to Stone Ridge. She earned her B.A. at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan and her M. Ed. at Plymouth State College, in New Hampshire. She lives in Reston, VA with her husband and enjoys reading, cooking, and long walks.

·       Glenn Whitman is the coauthor of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education and directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (@thecttl) at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Glenn is a former Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History as well as co-editor of Think Differently and Deeply, the national publication of the CTTL. Glenn is also a blogger for Edutopia. Glenn earned his MALS from Dartmouth College and a BA from Dickinson College. Follow Glenn @gwhitmancttl or email him at

Creating Innovators Through Design Thinking
Jun 21

Creating Innovators Through Design Thinking

If creative thought begins with a child’s very first acts of curiosity, exploration and play, why is this impulse lost?

The world needs innovation. By providing a way solve problems, design thinking is the nexus between learning, feeling and making. The human capacity to create and innovate is alive in any person willing to search, question, tinker and invent the future. Come learn how to welcome students into this process.  This three-day seminar explores the instructional philosophy, tools and activities that nurture essential innovative thinking. This workshop develops the different strategies and skills necessary to build creative, collaborative, and design-minded classrooms and design thinking spaces. In St. Andrew’s D!Lab facility, participants will explore the tools, CAD software and machines (3D, Milling and Laser Systems) that take design thinking across all ages and into all realms of curricula.  

Great minds are born not simply of rote knowledge but from the continuous habit of curiosity. One essential job of educators is to provide the space and program for designing the future world students will live in as citizens. This requires minds that lead with ingenuity.

This workshop offers teachers of all ages and experience a powerful and persuasive way of teaching.

Fees include materials and daily breakfast and lunch.

Facilitator: Charles (Chuck) James is an educator and curriculum development specialist in science and design thinking education. Chuck’s instructional work in design thinking, technology, and innovation, includes creating curricula for The National Science Foundation, NASA, The American Geologic Institute, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the American Chemical Society.  James was twice awarded the state-level Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics for the District of Columbia and The Congressional Black Caucus has recognized him for his contributions to science and mathematics education and his focus on at-risk students. Chuck is the Director of the D!Lab at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (@SAESDLab).

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Diversity in the DMV- A Regional Student and Educator Conference
8:30 am08:30

Diversity in the DMV- A Regional Student and Educator Conference

Student leaders and diversity advocates are invited to attend this regional student conference. The regional conference is designed for high school students to engage in activities that will develop their leadership skills and advocacy for diversity and inclusion programming in their schools. Participants will explore elements of their own identities as well as learning tools for cross-cultural understanding. The curriculum will be interactive and innovative, geared towards developing change agents. This could be a great follow up to SDLC 2016 or a way to connect with this work for those students who were unable to attend SDLC 2016. Adult chaperones will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long workshop, led by trained diversity leaders.

 *Please note that this conference is open to all high school students, including those that have and have not attended SDLC.

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$55 Per Student (Lunch & Resources included)

Intro to Four Dimensional Education Workshop for Educators
8:00 am08:00

Intro to Four Dimensional Education Workshop for Educators


Developing future ready students doesn't mean teaching students EVERYTHING; it means prioritizing what students learn so that it's as relevant as possible. Curriculum hasn’t evolved much since the 1800s. At the Center for Curriculum Redesign, we work with educators to rethink what students ought to be learning to be successful in the 21st century. Utilizing the 4DEdu design process we work with teachers to re-examine curriculum and uncover how they can transform traditional curricula into 4DEdu curricula.


  • Understand the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of curriculum redesign
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ‘how’ of 4DEdu
  • Explore your own curriculum for relevance

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Director of the CTTL and Head of Research to Present at Learning & the Brain Conference
Nov 19

Director of the CTTL and Head of Research to Present at Learning & the Brain Conference

On November 17-19, Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Head of Research, will present as part of the Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston, MA. Together they will present on the topic of, "Mind, Brain and Education Research: Informed Pathways for Purposeful Teaching, Learning and Thinking".

To learn more about the Conference visit their website

Starting Small, Thinking Big: Re-Imagining the Mathematics Curriculum
Jun 23

Starting Small, Thinking Big: Re-Imagining the Mathematics Curriculum

Starting Small, Thinking Big: Re-Imagining the Mathematics Curriculum

One of the first and foremost duties of the teacher is not to give his students the impression that mathematical problems have little connection with each other, and no connection at all with anything else. We have a natural opportunity to investigate the connections of a problem when looking back at its solution.  – George Polya

Starting Small, Thinking Big

Date: June 22–23

Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School


School mathematics does not exist in a vacuum. Rather school mathematics is a part of a larger connected mathematics story. We believe that the aim of instruction is to tell a mathematics story that embraces the natural connections across mathematical topics while simultaneously emphasizing the wonder of the mathematics in engaging ways. Much of the current research in mathematics education is centered about the notion of mathematics storytelling. This coupled with researchers’ interests in bridging research from brain science and mathematical instruction, will influence how practitioners go about telling these mathematical stories in their classrooms. Though the task of telling a simultaneously wonderful, engaging, and connected mathematics story is a difficult one, practitioners committed to re-imagining their pedagogical craft are persistent in their search of ways to make mathematical connections that empower their instruction and empower learners of mathematics.

Purpose of the Workshop

Our primary purpose in this workshop is to use seminal and current research findings from education and brain science to identify and tell a wonderful, engaging, and connected mathematics story.

Workshop Format

We will embark on the following activities throughout the workshop:

1.     Define what we mean by “wonderful, engaging, and connected mathematics story”.

2.     Explore the advantages and challenges of telling a connected mathematics story.

3.     Apply a working framework to identify “mathematical connections” in mathematics instruction.

4.     Analyze case studies and videos of mathematics instruction with the goal of identifying “mathematical connections”.

5.     Develop a series of 4-5 lessons from one unit that is wonderful, engaging, and connected.

6.     Share our constructed mathematical stories.

Preparing for the Workshop

1.     Bring a sample video of your teaching.

2.     Think about and come prepared to discuss the following question:

What would a wonderful, engaging, and connected mathematics story look like in your classroom?

3.     Read Mathematical Mindset by Jo Boaler. (To be provided)

4.     Read a collection of 4-5 research articles and book chapters in education.


Yolanda A. Rolle, PhD: Dr. Rolle currently teaches mathematics at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.  Prior to her time at St. Andrew’s she taught at universities and schools in Massachusetts, Nebraska and Nassau Bahamas. Before arriving at St. Andrew’s she taught in Boston University’s School of Education. She has also worked as a researcher on multiple multi-year funded grants in mathematics education. Her primary research responsibilities involved research studies around the habits of mind for learning mathematics and conducting extended fieldwork in elementary and middle-school classrooms. Her primary research interest is to study classrooms and teachers who seek to nurture mathematical habits of mind in their students. Other research interests include teacher inquiry, research design and equity in mathematics education.

Karen Kaufman: Ms. Kaufman has a B.S. Degree from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A from the George Washington University. Before joining St. Andrew's, Ms. Kaufman worked in private industry as a business and law firm consultant. Since joining St. Andrew's ten years ago, Ms. Kaufman has taught middle and upper school mathematics, chaired and served on numerous St. Andrew's task forces, maintained an active role with the CTTL as a teacher fellow and author of the article 'Effort Matters Most', and is currently head of the mathematics department.

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Ideas in Education Festival 2016
9:00 am09:00

Ideas in Education Festival 2016

What happens when the best teachers, school leaders, students, researchers and policy makers from all educational settings come together to imagine the future of our schools? Let’s find out.

This gathering will be part idea sharing, part data collecting, part networking, and part alliance building. It will also be fun. Most importantly, it will be about using the principles of human-centered design thinking to answer two questions:

✤ What do we already know about what is working in education today?
✤ How can we better incubate, share and leverage ideas that will transform teaching and learning for all students?

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7:00 pm19:00

CTTL Night School

Thursday, November 19th

Postoak Campus: Lower Level Library

7:00 pm - 8:45pm

Experience what St. Andrew's students get to enjoy every day, exceptional teaching, by going back to school for one night. This is your opportunity to take two thirty-minute classes from some of St. Andrew's finest teachers. And get this, there will be no tests, papers, or homework, just the chance to learn and interact with those same teachers your child gets to work with each day. Please feel free to bring your friends and family along!

The cost is $25 per person with all proceeds benefitting the CTTL Innovative Teaching Grants Program! 




7:00-7:20pm    Welcome back to school: Meet Your Teachers

7:30-8:00pm    First Period

8:15-8:45pm    Second Period

8:45pm            Dismissal

Class Offerings

The Modern Relevance of the Civil War and Reconstruction  Led by Glenn Whitman

Greetings in Mandarin Led by Sara Graham

Design Thinking in Action Led by Hilarie Hall and Ian Kelleher

Writers Workshop: Become the Writer You Always Wanted to Be Led by Alyssa Morris

Religion and Faith Through Our Own Eyes Led by Rodney Glasgow

Your Brain on Ukulele Led by Amy Wooley

Mathematical Thinking: How a Pair of Rabbits Influenced Salvador Dali Led by Frank Wagner