Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy JULY 23-27, 2017

St. Andrews Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning

There is no greater challenge or opportunity facing schools today than attracting and retaining the next generation of high-quality teachers and school leaders. But what if teachers and school leaders knew more about how the student and adult brain learns, changes, and thrives? Research has shown that better understanding the science of learning provides educators enhanced professional satisfaction, confidence, and self-efficacy and leads to greater differentiation of their instruction to support individual learning differences. As schools strive to ensure that our next generation of students learn from well-trained and high-performing teachers and leaders, knowledge of the principles and strategies of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science will be essential; it is the most innovative thinking being applied to enhancing teacher quality and student achievement today.

Project Zero: Visible Thinking

Visible Thinking, an approach to teaching thinking developed by Project Zero, has two goals: to deepen content learning and to cultivate students’ thinking skills and thinking dispositions. Now used by educators around the world, Visible Thinking is designed to be used in all subjects, all grades, and in a range of educational settings.

Breck PCCTL Faculty Fellows

For those faculty ready to dive deep into understanding learning & learners, apply to be one of the Breck PCCTL Faculty Fellows. This two-year fellowship will provide early adopters in-depth training in the neurodevelopmental framework/All Kinds of Minds, this spring with Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher, authors of NeuroTeach. You will work this year as a cohort group and provide peer leadership next year (and beyond) AND be the first in line for training in New Hampshire to become an on-site trainer.

Possible School Visits


Learning & the Brain Conference: The Science of How We Learn - Engaging Memory, Motivation, Mindsets, Making And Mastery

A consensus is emerging from mind, brain, cognitive and education research on the most effective strategies for learning,memory and motivation. Research by John Hattie, Carol Dweck and Daniel Schwartz, along with scientific reports such as "The Science of Learning" from Deans for Impact, point to the most effective, scientifically-based strategies for boosting achievement. Explore the latest research on ways to improve instruction, motivation and mindsets, content mastery, makerspace and design thinking, hands-on exploration, active student-directed inquiry, effective feedback, and praise.

The Nueva Design Thinking Institute

At Nueva's world-renowned Innovation Lab (I-Lab), created in partnership with IDEO and Stanford's d.school, hundreds of visitors from around the world have asked, "How can we implement Design Thinking in our schools?"

For nine years, we have pioneered the teaching of design thinking to students. We are experts at creating hands-on, project-based, design thinking curricula. Come learn from experienced educators how to implement a similar program at your school.

This institute will enable you and your teams to efficiently create projects that will foster your students' Design Thinking skills, preparing them for the future.

Quiet Revolution: Quiet Schools Network with the Melrose Center for Servant Leadership

The Peter Clark Center for Teaching and Learning and the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership are excited to be a part an inaugural group of 19 schools across the country  connected with the Quiet Schools Network [QSN]  developed by Susan Cain, author of, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.  

The Quiet Revolution directly supports our goal to develop and realize each student's unique talents and potential to excel. Partially supported by the E.E.Ford Foundation Grant, we have two Quiet Revolution ambassadors at Breck: Kim Peeples and Marie Murphy. The Ambassadors' mission includes developing self-awareness, communicating with presence, empowering others, fostering inclusive school cultures, and sharing best practices. Kim and Marie will be working with interested Lower, Middle, and Upper School faculty and administrators  who want to learn more about QSN has to offer in terms of their own professional growth and the growth of their students.