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:
How might we make school more reflective of real life?
How might we empower learners to be seekers and explorers?
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