Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning

Issue and Partnership Goal: 

Understanding how people learn has the potential to inform educational practice.  However, research on learning is often not communicated to educators or translated to educational practice.  SLI is partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac MD to disseminate and translate science of learning research to the K-12 education community.  

Current Projects to Address This Issue:

Developing and Evaluating the Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy

Project Goal: 

The CTTL is developing the Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy.  This is a 5-day intensive professional development academy for K-12 educators and school leaders that will take place in July of 2017, 2018, and 2019.  The aims of the Academy are to help educators and school leaders:

  • Develop knowledge about Mind, Brain, Education science
  • Identify ways in which MBE research may or may not inform educational practice
  • Develop action research projects to implement MBE-informed strategies in classrooms and evaluate their effectiveness

SLI’s Role: 

Development:  Drs. Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier serve on the Design Team for the Academy.  They provide guidance and expertise on (1) science of learning research relevant to education, and (2) program development, including the structure of the academy, resources provided to educators, and academy goals and objectives.

Evaluation: Drs. Kelly Fisher, Kristin Gagnier, and Steven Holochwost will conduct (1) a formative evaluation to inform the refinement and continuous quality improvement of the Academy, and (2) a summative evaluation that will provide initial evidence of the Academy’s impact on teachers’ knowledge of MBE research and content, attitudes (e.g. confidence and efficacy), and skills at implementing research-informed practices in their classroom.

For more information: 

To learn more about the Academy, please visit the CTTL’s page.

Developing the Science in Action Day

Project Goal: 

In collaboration with CTTL, SLI will bring approximately 150 K-12 educators to JHU to tour several research laboratories and meet with researchers.  The goal of the visit is to provide educators with firsthand experience about how scientists explore human learning.  The visit will be part of the Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy hosted by the CTTL.

SLI’s Role: 

Drs. Kelly Fisher and Kristin Gagnier oversee all aspects of this event including (1) identify learning objectives for this day, (2) identifying and securing participating researchers, and (3) helping researchers structure their visit to meet specified learning objectives.

For more information: 

To learn more about participating researchers and learning objectives, please visit the CTTL’s Science in Action page.

Disseminating Research on the Science of Learning Relevant to Education to Educators

Project Goal: 

The CTTL and SLI have partnered to create a professional development module to disseminate science of learning research relevant to teaching and learning to faculty members at Prince George’s Community College.  The goal of this professional development workshop was to inform faculty about research relevant to their practice and provide research-informed strategies for the classroom. 

SLI’s Role: 

Dr. Kristin Gagnier collaborated with the CTTL’s Dr. Ian Kelleher to develop educational content, in-class activities and exercises, faculty resources, and metrics to evaluate what faculty members learned from this workshop.