CTTL Launches First Science of Teaching & School Leadership Academy
Jul
30
to Jul 31

CTTL Launches First Science of Teaching & School Leadership Academy

More than 150 teachers and school leaders from more than 20 states and five countries discovered how they could bring Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science research to their classrooms and schools at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning’s first Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy.


The Academy took place from July 23 to 27 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md. Participants took a deep dive into research and strategies in how the brain learns, works, and thrives, and applied this new knowledge as they created action research plans they will bring to their schools in the fall.

“It’s been amazing, but we expected it to be amazing because we were not telling people what to do,” said Dr. Ian Kelleher, Director of Research for the CTTL. “We were giving them tools to help them work with their colleagues and kids, and that they would leave here feeling empowered with great content to make a difference.”

Participants heard from St. Andrew’s students, who shared how they learn during speed pitches; national leaders in MBE Science, including Dr. Daniel Willingham, Psychology Professor at University of Virginia and Author of Why Don't Students Like School?; and from education researchers during a Science in Action Day at Johns Hopkins University.

“Can we provide educators an amazing overview of research, where they can develop their own action plan?” said Dr. Kelly Fisher, the Executive Director of the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins. “It’s unheard of. We’ve never seen anything like this before. This shows it is possible, and through this partnership it has happened.”

Several participants said they were excited to apply their new knowledge of MBE science, such as growth mindset and learning strategies, when they return to their students. Participant Hadiza Gidado, who came from Nigeria and trains teachers in Africa through the Discovery Learning Alliance, recalled her own learning experience as she realized the impact of the Academy.

“In primary school I was good at everything except mathematics. I didn’t have anybody to realize this and know how to assist me,” Gidado said. “With this kind of information, teachers will be able to perform better and increase student performance.”

The Science in Action Day, which was co-designed by the CTTL and researchers at the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins, gave participants the chance to learn first-hand about educational research being conducted in 16 different labs.

“My job is to support people on the front lines, and teachers are on the front lines,” said Dr. Ashley Berner, a Johns Hopkins researcher who discussed the impact of school culture on students' academic and civic outcomes. “Sharing ideas with teachers is a privilege, and that’s where it counts. What they do matters, and the research bears that out.”

“I always enjoy talking to people outside of academia. I think it’s important for us to share what we’re learning,” said Dr. Mike McCloskey, who shared his work studying deficits in visual perception, reading, spelling, and memory in children and adults. “They often have very interesting perspectives and experiences. I often learn more from them than they do from me.”

With teachers and school leaders coming from public, public-charter, private schools, and more, including Teach for America (DC Region) and the internationally recognized Discovery Learning Alliance, participants said they could connect with diverse educators who share the same educational goals.

“To gain perspective from public and private schools, schools of all levels, really does broaden our skillset and benefits all of us,” said Jay Schill, Principal of Brunswick Middle School in Frederick. “There’s no problem that’s insurmountable. We may not have the answer yet, but we’ll get there collectively.”

Angelica Ayala ’18, a student intern with the Academy, said it was gratifying to be able to share her perspective with teachers and witness their commitment to growing as educators.

“I definitely learned to appreciate my teachers more, seeing they’re taking time out of their summer to come here and improve their teaching skills. You know each of them wants you to get better as a student,” Angelica said.

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The Hub features CTTL Academy's Science in Action Day
Jul
28
to Jul 29

The Hub features CTTL Academy's Science in Action Day

Johns Hopkins University's, The Hub, featured the Science in Action day, part of the CTTL's Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy. 

Jill Rosen wrote: "Teachers get up-close view of what research about learning looks like. About 150 educators take part in first-ever Science in Action Day at Johns Hopkins.

Educators from as far away as Africa and as close as Baltimore got a deep dive Wednesday into Johns Hopkins University learning research.

About 150 secondary teachers and administrators spent the day on the university's Homewood campus for the first-ever Science in Action Day, sponsored by the university's Science of Learning Institute. They met scientists doing the cutting-edge research that could one day change how they teach.

"Teachers are very interested in scientific findings with potential classroom applications but never have a chance to see for themselves how researchers come to these conclusions," said Kristin Gagnier, outreach and evaluation specialist at the institute. "What does research about learning look like?""

Read the full story : https://hub.jhu.edu/2017/07/27/science-in-action-learning/

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Klingenstein Center's "Klingbrief" Features CTTL's Neuroteach
May
10
11:30 AM11:30

Klingenstein Center's "Klingbrief" Features CTTL's Neuroteach

The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College (Columbia University) monthly newsletter, "Klingbrief," featured in its April edition Neuoteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education. The book was co-authored by the CTTL's Director and Head of Research, Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher who have been presenting around the United States this year how research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education Science can and should be used to inform, transform, and validate how teachers design their classes and work with each individual student. Check out the review here.  

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St. Andrew's and the CTTL Featured 3 Times in Independent School magazine
Mar
3
9:30 PM21:30

St. Andrew's and the CTTL Featured 3 Times in Independent School magazine

Not once or twice but three times in the spring (2017) issue of Independent School magazine was the work of St. Andrew's and its Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning mentioned. "Independent School provides people associated with private schools and those interested in following trends in all sectors of education with the independent school perspective on topics that range from school operations and administration to teaching and learning and working with parents, boards of trustees, and other volunteers. It has been the premier publication in private education for more than 60 years."  

"I am not sure if three mentions in one issue is a record for a school but it has to be close" said Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning who also said that, "I am always looking forward to reading Independent School and learning about innovations in other schools across the country, so it is great to share our work in this issue. 

If you can get your hands or eyes on a paper or electronic version of this issue with the theme of "The Innovation-Education Continuum," you will find the Chief Innovation Officer of NAIS listing Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education in a side-bar on "What Tim Fish is . . ."  Neuroteach was written by St. Andrew's teachers and in part tells the story of how St. Andrew's has used research in Mind, Brain, and Education Science to validate, inform, and transform teaching and learning in its Preschool through 12th grade classes. An excerpt from Neuroteach, titled "Teachers Are Researchers" was also included in this issue as was a piece titled "Brain Research, Teaching, and Learning" that highlighted the role the CTTL plays in the daily lives of St. Andrew's teachers and its winning of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Science Society's "Mission Award." 

The magic number three also carried over to how many different session St. Andrew's teachers facilitated or co-facilitated at the March 2017 NAIS conference in Baltimore. Throughout the two-day conference, St. Andrew's design thinking program was on display in the NAIS Maker Space and three sessions, titled "Stressed-Out Students Are the New Normal:  How Educators Can Alleviate Anxiety, "Brain Science and the Future of Teacher and School Leader Training" and "Research as Inspiration: Mind, Brain, and Education Science as a Driver for School Innovation" included St. Andrew's teachers as lead facilitators. 

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"Bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science Webinar" features CTTL director Glenn Whitman
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

"Bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science Webinar" features CTTL director Glenn Whitman

CTTL director Glenn Whitman, co-author of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education was invited by The Alliance for Excellent Education to share the experience and research of the CTTL during the Alliance's "Bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science to the Classroom" webinar. The Alliance is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization "dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally undeserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship." The webinar was a reunion of sorts. The host of the webinar, Abner Oakes, is a former St. Andrew's teacher who currently the Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships for Policy to Practice for the Alliance. To view the 60-minute webinar click here.

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The CTTL Shares Stage with Leading Education Thinkers and Futurists
Oct
24
3:30 PM15:30

The CTTL Shares Stage with Leading Education Thinkers and Futurists

Glenn Whitman (@gwhitmancttl), Director of the CTTL, joined big thinkers to consider the future of great teaching and great schools at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Night of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact in Atlanta, Georgia on October 20, 2016. The conference united six education leaders and cutting-edge cellist Okorie Johnson (@okcello1) for a deep dive exploration of education in the modern world.

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (@thecttl)’s main message was simple: although the organ of learning is the brain, teachers, school leaders, students, and policymakers are not using Mind, Brain, and Education Research enough to inform the design of schools or classroom instruction. By ensuring that 100% of St. Andrew’s teachers have training and ongoing professional development in how the brain learns, works, and thrives, St. Andrew’s serves as a replicable model of Mind, Brain, and Education science research-informed teaching.

The night also provided an opportunity to share the emerging development of the CTTL’s Mind, Brain, and Education Science Research Engagement Framework. A first-of-its kind professional growth tool, the Framework has been called “the most innovative thinking in how to bring MBE research at scale to educators regardless of school type or geographic location.”

 

Three generative questions drove the night’s presentations:

  1. How might we make school more reflective of real life?

  2. How might we empower learners to be seekers and explorers?

  3. How might we inspire one another-and the larger world-through the work to be undertaken at MVPS and beyond?

 

Glenn Whitman, the Director of The CTTL was able to share the work of St. Andrew’s and The CTTL alongside that of High Tech High’s Kaleb Rashad (@kalebrashad -Director of the Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High School), Kawai Lai (@kawai_lai -Vice President of Education Technology and Learning Services at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)), Grant Lichtman (@GrantLichtman -Educational Transformation Consultant and author of #EdJourney), Joyelle Harris (Director of the Engineering for Social Innovation Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology), and Tod Martin (CEO of Unboundary and TEDx Atlanta Organizer). Each presenter had the audience laughing and stretching their thinking.

The Night of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact addressed the current opportunities and challenges of educators, who must consider how to provide an education that is designed with the brain in mind. Students deserve educators who understand how the brain learns and thrives in today’s connected, competitive, collaborative and constantly changing society. To learn more about how the night’s presenters grappled with this challenge, visit: MVIFI - A Night of Inquiry, Innovation

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Neuroteach Featured in Bethesda Magazine
Oct
23
9:30 AM09:30

Neuroteach Featured in Bethesda Magazine

Neuroteach was one of four books featured in Bethesda Magazine's "Book Report" for the November/December issue. Author of the "Book Report" Caralee Adams writes,  "It is full of practical ideas, such as designing class with the understanding that what students recall the most takes place in the first part of class and in the closing minutes."

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CTTL is the winner of the 2016 International Mind, Brain, and Education Science Mission Award
Sep
16
9:00 PM21:00

CTTL is the winner of the 2016 International Mind, Brain, and Education Science Mission Award

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning was honored in Toronto on Friday morning with the Mission Award from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society.

Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL and a 20-year faculty member at St. Andrew’s where he is Dean of Studies and teaches History, and Dr. Ian Kelleher, the CTTL’s Head of Research and a 15-year faculty member at St. Andrew’s where he teaches Science, were named as individual recipients of the honor.

The CTTL was presented with the Award for Exemplifying the Mission of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society. The CTTL’s mission is to create and innovate in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science to allow teachers to maximize their effectiveness and students to achieve their highest potential.

The Center’s work can be seen every day in the St. Andrew’s classrooms as teachers integrate the latest in MBE Science into their practice. Whether it’s helping students become high achievers, helping high achievers complete their school work sooner so they have more time to pursue interests, or making sure play and hands-on learning are part of the Lower School experience, the CTTL has had a deep impact on all St. Andrew’s students.

The CTTL also annually trains teachers at other schools, both regionally and nationally, as it serves a public interest as well. Last year, the CTTL won an Educational Leadership Grantfrom the EE Ford Foundation. Just this summer, Whitman and Kelleher co-authored the book Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education, which can be purchased on Amazon. On Nov. 16, they will be hosting a book discussion, along with fellow St. Andrew’s author Ginger Cobb (who co-authored Sex, Drugs, and the S.A.T.: Getting out of High School and Getting in to College). 

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CTTL Faculty Member and SAES Teachers Featured in The Stanford Social Enterprise Review
Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

CTTL Faculty Member and SAES Teachers Featured in The Stanford Social Enterprise Review

The International Development and Social Enterprise Class at St. Andrew's is taught by Liz Kiingi, David Brandt and Chuck James. The class is featured in The Stanford Social Enterprise Review- published by Stanford University and features best practices in the field of business and education. 

The article, A Compass for Change in High School Curricula is a call for design-based problem solving in support of local and international communities. 

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SAES Teacher and CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator to be Recognized at the White House
Aug
29
11:00 AM11:00

SAES Teacher and CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator to be Recognized at the White House

Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew’s Lower School Science Teacher and the CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator, will be honored at the White House during the first week of September.

Hall, who was informed that she had been named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in early March, will receive her award during a ceremony in just two weeks. President Obama traditionally attends the ceremony.

The award, which is presented annually to about 100 educators nationwide, is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. Administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the PAEMST program recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Each awardee will receive a citation signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF.

“This award means a lot of things to me; it's both humbling and motivating,” Hall said. “It means that I can represent our St. Andrew's community in an innovative way and bring many new ideas and experiences to our students. It means that I have access to a great national network of like-minded educators. It motivates me to continue to push myself to work harder and more creatively in my role as a teacher.”

“Since arriving at St. Andrew's Hilarie has been instrumental in moving forward our design thinking program at the Lower School and forging new initiatives across disciplines to expand the reach of science into all aspects of student learning,” said Jordan Love, Head of Lower School. “Her pedagogical approach is collaborative, multimodal, and builds upon a belief that all students have boundless potential and capacity to learn,” Love said. ”Hilarie models for the students and her colleagues a passion for teaching, the willingness to take advantage of all learning opportunities, and the value of working in community towards shared goals.”

Hall will blog about her trip to the White House and share photos through St. Andrew’s Instagram and Facebook pages. She will also share highlights of her trip with Lower School students at an assembly early in the school year.

You can follow Hall on Twitter (@HilarieHall) where she regularly tweets from the Lower School design classroom.

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CTTL & SAES Representatitives Attend Annual People of Color Conference
Dec
4
4:00 PM16:00

CTTL & SAES Representatitives Attend Annual People of Color Conference

In its continued committment to diversity training, St. Andrew's and the CTTL sent four employees to the 28th annual People of Color Conference(POCC).  In 2006, the NAIS board affirmed that the focus of the People of Color Conference be on “...providing a sanctuary and networking opportunity for people of color and allies in independent schools as we build and sustain inclusive school communities.”


For the second year, the CTTL served as a sponsor for the annual event which drew 4,300 independent school professionals together for general sessions with keynotes, dozens of practitioner-led workshops, extensive affinity group work, and dialogue sessions.

The conference delegates were: Dr. Yolanda Rolle, Math Teacher and CTTL Researcher, Chaplain Patricia Alexander, MS and US Chaplain and Religion and English Teacher, Edgar Reyes, Digital Media Teacher, and Danielle Collins MS and US Diversity Coordinator and Assistant Director of Communications.

PoCC, according to NAIS, equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike. 

POCC runs concurrently with the Student Diversity Leadership conference (SDLC).

 

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TIME MAGAZINE FEATURES CTTL RESEARCH STUDY
Aug
17
9:30 AM09:30

TIME MAGAZINE FEATURES CTTL RESEARCH STUDY

One year ago, St. Andrew’s students took part in a research study that their peers and teachers had a hand in creating. Working in partnership with researchers from Harvard Graduate School of Education that lead Research Schools International, The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning launched a study to discover how student happiness impacts motivation and academic achievement.

Now, the mainstream media is paying attention to the results of the study. Time Magazine highlighted it in their education section in a piece written by Dr. Christina Hinton and Lauren Schiller of Research Schools International, which connects researchers at Harvard Graduate School of Education with schools that value an innovative “research school” model. Schools like St. Andrew’s, which is one of just eight schools in the world to be invited to be part of Research Schools International.

The central questions of the study were: 1) How does happiness shape motivation and academic achievement at St. Andrew’s?; and 2) Which school factors support student happiness? Teachers and administrators at St. Andrew’s have long believed that happier students make for better students. That’s the reason those questions were selected by St. Andrew’s teachers as the first ones to ask as members of Research Schools International. Researchers from Harvard Graduate School of Education helped shape the questionnaire that was asked of the St. Andrew’s K-12 student body of which 94% (435 students) took part.

Results of the study revealed that, on average, students who reported being happier had higher grades. Specifically, a statistically significant correlation was found between happiness and students’ GPA from elementary school through high school. The study also found that the quality of students’ relationships with teachers and peers were a good predictor of their happiness.

“This research validates what so many teachers at St. Andrew’s intuitively knew, and now we have the data to affirm it,” said Glenn Whitman, Director of The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and a national thought-leader on implementing neuroeducational research in the classroom. “The most effective environment for student learning is one where they are both happy and challenged.”

“Research shows that the best predictor of happiness is not income, gender religion or even health, but rather relationships,” said Dr. Hinton, lead researcher on the study. “St. Andrew’s provides a nurturing community that teaches students to build caring, supportive relationships. There is nothing more essential to students’ well being and happiness than this.”

Dr. Hinton will be visiting St. Andrew’s on September 2 and 3 as The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning continues its research partnership with Research Schools International. Join us on September 3 for a presentation by Dr. Christina Hinton. The presentation will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal School from 6:30-7:30. 

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Director of the CTTL, Glenn Whitman, and Dr. Ian Kelleher Travel to England
Jul
17
11:30 AM11:30

Director of the CTTL, Glenn Whitman, and Dr. Ian Kelleher Travel to England

This past June, Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Associate Director for Research and Programming, travelled to England to participate in the Sunday Times Festival of Education. They also spent time traveling through England to meet with and to learn from others who were equally passionate to enhance teacher quality, student achievement, and the schooling experience for all student. Learn more about their trip and what they learned in England on our blog

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Research Study featured by Deseret News National
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Research Study featured by Deseret News National

The research study completed a few month ago by CTTL faculty and Researchers from Harvard's Graduate School of Education was featured by the Deseret News National. The study, which is the first of its kind, has begun to gain national attention. The study shows that happiness plays a critical role in learning. Read about the study and our partnership with Harvard's Graduate School of Education here

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CTTL/Research Schools International Study Garnering Media Interest
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

CTTL/Research Schools International Study Garnering Media Interest

A few months ago, St. Andrew’s completed a research study with researchers from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. This study, the first of its kind, showed that happiness plays a critical role in learning. Now, the study is beginning to gain a higher profile. Just this week, the Harvard Gazette featured a piece on the study, which affirms the long-held belief by St. Andrew’s teachers and administrators – that you don’t have to be miserable to get a good education.

In fact, quite the opposite is true, which is why St. Andrew’s intentionality when it comes to keeping students happy is so crucial to preparing our students for college and life.

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ST. ANDREW'S K-12 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH PROJECT
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

ST. ANDREW'S K-12 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH PROJECT

ST. ANDREW'S K-12 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN a research project that is part of the CTTL's partnership with Research Schools International that is led by researchers from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

For the second consecutive year, St. Andrew's students learned about the scientific method while participating in a research study designed by St. Andrew's teachers, students, and Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers. Find out more about this cutting edge research study for the St. Andrew's community by reading these Frequently Asked Questions.

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Foreign Language Department Hosts Teach for America (TFA) faculty for a “Department Open House"
Jan
23
3:00 PM15:00

Foreign Language Department Hosts Teach for America (TFA) faculty for a “Department Open House"

St. Andrew's Foreign Language teachers welcomed ten Teach For America corps members to both the Postoak and Village campuses looking to see what excellent foreign language teaching and learning looks like. This is the 5th year of this program in which St. Andrew's teachers delivered small workshops on different topics such as assessments, grading rubrics, and class design to TFA corps members who want to enhance the quality of their Foreign Language instruction.

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Director of the CTTL and St. Andrew's Student Featured on CAP "Cognitive Science Revolution" Panel
Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Director of the CTTL and St. Andrew's Student Featured on CAP "Cognitive Science Revolution" Panel

On October 29, the Center for American Progress hosted the Cognitive Science Revolution Forum. The Panel discussed ways in which findings from cognitive science can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Implications for federal, state, and local policy was also discussed. Learn more about the event and watch a video of the panelists here

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2013-2014 CTTL/Research School Student Fellows Named
Jan
16
3:30 PM15:30

2013-2014 CTTL/Research School Student Fellows Named

Glenn Whitman, the Director of the CTTL, and Robert Kosasky, St. Andrew's Head of School, announced the six students selected as the CTTL/Research School Student Fellows.

The following six students were selected as the CTTL/Research School Student Fellows for this school year:

10th grade: Gabi Gedo, Bobby Radecki, Zoe, Gray

11th grade: Michael McDonnell-Diaz, Danny Knauss

12th grade: Brian Bies

The student research fellows will play a critical role in the in the study design, data collection, and the dissemination of results. The research study will be done as part of the CTTL’s partnership with the Research Schools International that is led by Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers.

The group had the opportunity to work with the Faculty Fellows and Harvard professors on Thursday from 11:30-1:00pm.

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Jan
9
4:00 PM16:00

St. Andrew's Community Welcome to Hear Harvard GSE Faculty Discuss Partnership with SAES

In 2013, St. Andrew's became only the fourth school in the United States and seventh school in the world to be asked to join the Research Schools International that is led by Harvard University Graduate School of Education faculty.

In 2013, St. Andrew's became only the fourth school in the United States and seventh school in the world to be asked to join the Research Schools International that is led by Harvard University Graduate School of Education researchers.

Harvard University professors, Dr. Kurt Fischer, the "father of educational neuroscience," and Dr. Christina Hinton, will be at St. Andrew's to talk about the research schools network and the important role it can play for teaching and learning at St. Andrew's. Please join us for this idea exchange on January 16, 2014 (Postoak Campus (Library Lower Level from 8:30am-10:00am).

Watch this video that explains the partnership between St. Andrew's and Harvard GSE researchers.

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Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

St. Andrew's Announces New Research Partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers

A new research partnership between St. Andrew's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers has formed. Kurt Fischer, considered the father of educational neuroscience, and his team at Harvard have established a network of research schools and St. Andrew's becomes just the fourth school in the country and the only one in the entire mid-Atlantic region invited to join.

This partnership was only made possible because of the exceptional faculty at St. Andrew's. Their dedication to their craft, to constantly improving to give our students the exceptional teaching they deserve, along with the foresight of the Board of Trustees to see the importance of the CTTL, has put St. Andrew's in position to form research partnerships with schools such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins.

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Oct
11
3:30 PM15:30

Glenn Whitman Named Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is proud to name seven outstanding educational thought leaders and K-12 learning practitioners as Fellows of the Martin Institute. Martin Institute Fellows are invited based on their passion for K-12 learning and their willingness to share ideas with others in the service of professional learning. Martin Institute Fellows have full time jobs as teachers, administrators, or educational consultants. They come from public, charter and private schools.They share the beliefs of the institute that learning is a process founded in questioning, sharing and reflection; that all educators can design and lead rigorous and relevant learning; and that everyone benefits from connected discovery and learning.

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is proud to name seven outstanding educational thought leaders and K-12 learning practitioners as Fellows of the Martin Institute. Martin Institute Fellows are invited based on their passion for K-12 learning and their willingness to share ideas with others in the service of professional learning. Martin Institute Fellows have full time jobs as teachers, administrators, or educational consultants. They come from public, charter and private schools.They share the beliefs of the institute that learning is a process founded in questioning, sharing and reflection; that all educators can design and lead rigorous and relevant learning; and that everyone benefits from connected discovery and learning.

The seven new Martin Institute Fellows are:

Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, MD
Philip Cummings, Teacher, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN
Robert Dillon, Director of Technology and Innovation, Afton School District, St. Louis, MO
Jill Gough, Director of Teaching and Learning, Trinity School, Atlanta, GA
Alice Parker, Teacher, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN
Meeno Rami, Teacher, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Thinnes, Head of Upper Elementary and Academic Dean, Curtis School, Los Angeles, CA

The Martin Institute Fellows will play an important role in increasing and diversifying the range of professional development opportunities offered by the institute as these programs dramatically expand access to leading edge educational practice for K-12 teachers and administrators:

● The annual Martin Institute Conference, which last June drew nearly 800 educators from 21 states.

● Deep Dives offered the day after the annual conference for experienced educators who are helping to lead transformation at their own schools.

● Martin Connects, a new series of local satellite collaborations with nationally recognized conferences that will bring the latest professional development into schools and communities around the country in real time.

● Hybrid online coaching and mentoring collaborations.

The new Martin Institute Fellows join World Peace Game creator John Hunter, Senior Martin Fellow Grant Lichtman, Director of Teacher Development Laura Dearman, and Martin Institute Executive Director Jamie Baker in developing and implementing the programs of the institute. Collectively the Fellows will offer professional development events and opportunities in topics that include:

● Critical, creative, synergistic and design thinking strategies in the classroom

● Authentic assessment

● Digital portfolios

● Brain research and program applications

● Institutional identity and change management

● Student-owned democratic learning

● Diversity and inclusion in pedagogy and program

● Permeable schools

● Bridging technology divides

● Metacognition

● Reflective practices

● Problem-based learning

● Collaboration and communication skills

● Student leadership development

● Developing growth mindsets

The mission of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is to provide world-class professional learning for K-12 educators. We serve a diverse audience who have a variety of needs and limitations including budget, interest, experience and time. We intend to lead the conversation about what education needs to become in order to truly prepare students for the world they will live in. Through both face-to-face and a new line-up of virtual and hybrid collaborations, the Fellows will help public and private school K-12 teachers and administrators improve their effectiveness as educators and exceptional adult learners.

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Mar
4
3:30 PM15:30

St. Andrew's and CTTL Featured in Washington Post

St. Andrew's Episcopal School and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning were the subject of a centerpiece on the Education page in Monday's edition of The Washington Post as a story by Valerie Strauss, titled "Brains Behind the Classes," highlighted the school and the way in which it utilizes the latest in brain research to improve teaching and learning.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning were the subject of a centerpiece on the Education page in Monday's edition of The Washington Post as a story by Valerie Strauss, titled "Brains Behind the Classes," highlighted the school and the way in which it utilizes the latest in brain research to improve teaching and learning.

The story quotes Dean of Studies and CTTL Director Glenn Whitman, along with Dr. Mariale Hardiman of Johns Hopkins, while giving real examples of how St. Andrew's faculty implement the latest research into their practice in deliberate ways.

Examples of the CTTL's work can be found in "Think Differently and Deeply." This resource provides examples of how St. Andrew's Pre-school through twelfth grade teachers apply research in how the mind learns--educational neuroscience--to the design of their classes and work with each student.

To read the full article in The Washington Post click here. A photo gallery of images taken at the school during the visit can be viewed by clicking here.

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