The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew’s (the CTTL) has received a grant from the Omidyar Group to fund the expansion of Neuroteach Global, an online professional development platform that will provide time and cost-effective training in Mind, Brain, and Education Science strategies.
Neuroteach Global was developed as a pilot program earlier this year with a goal to empower teachers and school leaders across the country and around the world to translate neuro-educational research into classroom practice. This recent grant from the Omidyar Group will support the build of the the 4-Level, 24 Microcourse training platform. Once fully built, Neuroteach Global will enable the CTTL to train significantly more teachers and school leaders than it can currently reach. The Omidyar Group’s grant will total up to $625,000 over three years, assuming the CTTL and Neuroteach Global reach certain benchmarks.
“Once again, the Omidyar Group has inspired the CTTL to explore the next frontier in bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science to teachers and school leaders around the world,” said Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL. “We have developed a first-of-its kind virtual professional development tool that will help close the teacher quality, student achievement and student well-being gap. This has the potential to impact thousands of educators and tens of thousands of students worldwide.”
The support originated from St. Andrew’s alumnus Pierre Omidyar ‘84 and his wife Pam. The Omidyar Group supports a diverse set of investments and activities geared toward uncovering new models of education to improve student outcomes. The Omidyars have long been supportive of the CTTL's goal to make training opportunities for teachers available on a global scale.
The CTTL is the only pre-collegiate school-based research center in the United States that designs and provides MBE Science and research-informed professional development programming to public, charter and private schools as well as Teach For America (Washington, D.C., region). Since its founding in 2011, the CTTL has attracted foundation support from the Crimsonbridge Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, E.E. Ford Foundation, CityBridge Foundation, and Windover Foundation, among others. The CTTL has trained teachers at more than 100 schools in 20 states and five countries. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School serves as the CTTL’s incubator for new programming, resources, and educational tools.