Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

Issue and Partnership Goal: 

The Institute for Education Policy (IEP) at Johns Hopkins University aims to help America’s school children reach their full potential.  IEP believes that partnerships between educators, school leaders, and education researchers are necessary to advance excellence and equity for all of America’s children.  The Institute operates on the understanding that education policy must be informed both by real-world conditions and also by excellent research; that it is possible to translate the technical vocabularies of research into a language that is accessible and useful to policy experts, principals, teachers, and parents; that in our richly diverse nation, education must be driven and sustained by evidence about what works and what does not.

SLI works with the IEP to communicate science of learning research relevant to education to the education policy community.

Current Projects to Address This Issue:

Communicating the Importance of Spatial Thinking Skills for Science and Math Education

Project Goal: 

Our goal is to increase educators understanding of the importance of spatial thinking skills for entrance into and success within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

SLI’s Role: 

Drs. Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier authored a commentary on the importance of spatial thinking skills for STEM achievement for the institute. This commentary was posted on IEP's website and also sent out to the institute’s education policy network, which includes over 4,000 members.


Gagnier, K., M., and Fisher, K., R. (2016).  Spatial Thinking:  A Missing Building Block in STEM Education. Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy Commentary, July 2016.