The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (the CTTL) is the leading pre-collegiate, school-based research center in the United States designing and delivering Mind Brain Education (MBE) science research-informed professional development programming around the world. It serves teachers and school leaders in public, charter, international, and private schools, as well as Teach for America (DC Region). To support its work as an MBE translational hub, the CTTL has existing collaborations with faculty from Stanford University School of Education, the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins, the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In its eight-year history, through workshops and conference presentations, the CTTL has presented to, worked with, trained and shared its resources with more than 15,000 teachers and school leaders.

The CTTL provides a range of professional learning and consulting opportunities for teachers, students, school leaders, and policymakers. Each dynamic workshop and partnership focus on translating promising Mind, Brain, and Education Science of Learning research to help teacher and school leaders rethink the design of schools, classrooms, and work with each individual student. 

Each collaborative opportunity for the CTTL is tailored to the needs and institutional goals of a school, program, or organization. Off-site and virtual programming can last from 3-hours to a multiple-years. 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 three in-person or virtual sessions and applies the most current research in impactful professional development to the design, facilitation, and on-going work to each school’s professional development programming and each teacher’s Mind, Brain, and Education science professional growth pathway.

First next step:

As you consider collaborating with the CTTL, first think about the desired outcome for your school or program and how does such a collaboration support your school’s mission and strategic vision.

Second, take the CTTL’s NeuroEducation Confidence Diagnostic.

Potential Collaborations or Partnerships

Option 1: The Incremental Approach

Become a partner school and begin training your teachers and school leaders through the in-person Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy held each July that is followed by three virtual sessions for Academy participants during the school year.

  • Participate in weeklong, in-person training with leaders in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education science research

  • Participants receive a copy of Think Differently and Deeply

  • Participants become members of the Neuroteach Network, an international network of MBE science research informed teachers and school leaders

  • Participants will experience how the MBE Science of Learning is used to teach the MBE Science of Learning

Option 2: The “All-In” Approach (The 100% Model)

Collaborating with teachers and schools in-person, for multiple professional development sessions continues to lead to the most significant changes in the Mind, Brain, and Education science mindset, knowledge, and research to practice translation skills of teachers and school leaders. This option requires a school to commit to at least three, spaced (see research on memory), in-person professional development workshops co-designed with the CTTL. Each workshop lasts 6 hours (full-day).

  • Participants take part in an MBE Snapshot Survey prior to and following the scheduled PD experiences

  • Participants receive a Mind, Brain, and Education Science workbook and strategies placemat

  • Participants receive a copy of Think Differently and Deeply

  • Participants become members of the Neuroteach Network, an international network of MBE science research informed teachers and school leaders

  • Participants and the school develop personalized Mind, Brain, and Education science professional growth plans

  • Participants will experience how the MBE Science of Learning is used to teach the MBE Science of Learning

Option 3: The Book Study Approach

This option has a school’s teachers and leaders collectively read during the summer or school year (usually by chunking chapters) Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education written by Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL, and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Head of Research for the CTTL. Neuroteach will be foundational to a workshop series that seeks to answer the question, “Are You a Neuroteacher . . . Yet?” Chapter related workshops can take place in-person or virtually. Schools can receive a bulk discount in their ordering of Neuroteach. Some of the schools that have read Neuroteach include:

  • Carle Place School District (NY)
  • Collegiate School (VA)
  • Delta County Public School District (CO)
  • Doane Academy (NJ)
  • Frederick County Public Schools (MD)
  • Grant Woods Area Education Association (IA)
  • Harford County Public School District (MD)
  • Kent School (MD)
  • Lancaster Country Day School (PA)
  • Meade High School (MD)
  • New Teacher Center (CA)
  • Northeast High School (MD)
  • Park Tudor School (IN)
  • Sandy Spring Friends School (MD)
  • St. Francis Episcopal School (TX)
  • Teach for America Advanced Instructional Fellows (Washington, DC)
  • Viewpoint School (CA)

Option 4: The “All-In” Blended Approach (In-person and Virtual)

Often because of geographical constraints the CTTL works with schools to provide both in-person and virtual MBE science professional development for teachers and school leaders.

Option 5: The Virtual Approach: Neuroteach Global

Teachers and school leaders can work toward becoming CTTL Mind, Brain, and Education certified through Neuroteach Global. Our three-level, four track professional development resource was designed with the adult learner in mind. It applies research such as novelty, choice, the spacing effect, interleaving, and mindset (growth, belonging, purpose, and relevance) into storified learning experiences. When you complete it, you’ll have not only deepened your own skills and ability to bring out the best learning in your students; you’ll also earn an MBE Certification. By working on your own MBE professional growth and credentialing through Neuroteach Global, you’ll also accrue Neuroteach Global scholarships for under-resourced teachers and schools around the world.

Option 6: The Virtual Approach: MBE Micro-Credentials

MBE Microcredentials

We also know that—depending on school, district, state, or national requirements—users of Neuroteach Global will have different certification needs that could include: Continuing Education Units; micro-credentials in partnership with Digital Promise (available for all of Neuroteach Global’s Level I learning tracks: “Learning Environments,” “Pedagogy & Assessment,” “Student Success & Well-Being” and “Curriculum Design”); or graduate credit. Our team is eager to work with users to help secure the credit that is most useful for advancing their teaching or school leadership credentials or career.

Option 7: Teaching All Kinds of Minds (3-day consecutive or spaced training)

Creates a common language and framework for teachers and school leaders to think about individual student learning and the design of classes through a Neurodevelopmental Framework for Learning.

Additional CTTL Programming and Workshop Opportunities:

  • MBE and DEI
  • Creating Innovators through Design Thinking
  • Coaching and the Student-Athlete’s Brain
  • The Science of School Leadership and Affective Professional Development
  • Strategic Thinking about Bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science Research to Your School, District or Program
  • The Teacher Brain as a Learning Brain
  • Parenting the Student Brain