Menu of Professional Development Opportunities

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning provides a range of professional development and consulting opportunities for teachers, students, school leaders, and policymakers. Each dynamic workshop focuses on translating research in how the brain learns, works, and changes and is tailored to the needs and institutional goals of a school, program, or organization. Off-site and virtual programming and can last from 3-hours to 3-days. Because the CTTL is committed to personalizing and supporting individual schools and teachers, it limits the number of collaborations during each school year. The CTTL prioritizes working with schools for a minimum of two in-person or virtual sessions and applies the most current research in effective professional development to the design, facilitation, and on-going work with each school’s professional development programming.

For more information, and to schedule a workshop, contact Glenn Whitman (

Some Research in Professional Development Programming that informs the work of the CTTL:

•    “Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the International Reviews into Effective Professional Development” The Teacher Development Trust
•    “The Teaching and Learning Toolkit” from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
•    Vanessa Rodriguez, The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education
•    Daniel Willingham, When Can You Trust the Experts? How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

Previously Delivered Half Day, Full or

Multi-Day Day Workshops

•    “Are You a Neuroteacher . . . Yet?”
•    Creating Innovators through Design Thinking
•    Coaching the Student-Athlete’s Brain
•    Navigating the Mindfield: The Promise and Perils of Neuroeducation
•    The Neuroscience of School Leadership
•    Principles and Strategies of Neuroeducation
           o    Part I: Teaching All Kinds of Minds (1 or 3 days)
           o    Part II: From Research to Practice
•    Student Identity and the Learning Brain
•    The Teaching Brain as a Learning Brain
•    Thinking Strategically About Better Teaching


Classroom Integration

At St. Andrew's, educational neuroscience has transformed how we teach. These changes are evident in the varied forms of instructional practices, assessments and opportunities for student reflection in classrooms spanning preschool through grade 12. The CTTL's publication, "Think Differently and Deeply" provides snapshots into how research has changed teaching and learning at St. Andrew's.

Every student, every day should be the beneficiary of how much we know about how the brain learns. Innovative teaching means that educators are deliberately designing learning environments with an understanding of how the brain works.

At St. Andrew's, teaching each student how he or she learns is an integral part of the teacher-student partnership. By empowering students to know themselves as learners, our faculty intentionally develops confident, effective, independent learners.