by St. Andrew's Communications Staff
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has approved a grant to the CTTL and St. Andrew’s to help fund the CTTL’s pilot program of Neuroteach Global, an online professional development platform that delivers research-informed strategies in Mind, Brain, and Education Science.
CZI’s goal “is to empower more teachers and school leaders to create learning environments that meet the unique needs, interests and learning preferences of each child while supporting them as a whole person – taking into account their physical, social and emotional development."
The CTTL seeks to enhance the foundational knowledge and skills of 100% of St. Andrew’s teachers, and teachers throughout the world, in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science research. This pilot project, that will also include teachers at area public schools, is being supported by the grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Last week, 12 teachers, representing all four of the divisions at St. Andrew’s, commenced playing two five-minute games that connect and extend their prior training and knowledge in how MBE science can be applied to teaching and learning in the Preschool through 12th-grade classroom. The games, accessed through an app developed specifically for this program, are informed by research on memory and Mark McDaniel, Peter Brown, and Henry Roediger’s book, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Mark was a faculty member of the CTTL’s Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy during the summer of 2017.
Over a one-week period, St. Andrew’s teachers representing Science, Math, History, English, Visual Arts and Foreign Language will be completing an hours-worth of challenges that focus on “Making Learning Memorable.”
The CTTL’s Head of Research, Dr. Ian Kelleher, has been leading the design of this professional development tool in collaboration with Talented, a software development firm that the CTTL first met at SXSWedu, one of the most innovative education conferences in the world, led by St. Andrew’s alum Greg Rosenbaum ‘06.