All Breck faculty will participate in 3 days of training in Teaching for All Kinds of Minds. This training was first brought to Breck more than 20 years ago, by Peter Clark. The symmetry is not lost on us and we are delighted to be picking up from where he left off to continue the journey in creating greater personalization and deeper academic press in our work with our students - From http://www.allkindsofminds.org/ : This course approaches the science of learning through academic themes (e.g., reading and writing) and provides tools and activities for next-day classroom use. Through this course, you'll gain a better understanding of your learning profile, explore a All Kinds of Minds' neurodevelopmental learning framework to learn how the mind functions, and consider how this new insight can support your classroom and school priorities. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and reflection, you'll develop skills to identify strengths and breakdowns in student learning, link them to a student's unique learning profile, and effectively select instructional strategies that leverage a student's strengths and help him or her overcome barriers to learning.
More about All Kinds of Minds
Changing the Conversation ... to a Focus on Learning
All Kinds of Minds believes that it’s time to change the conversation when it comes to our education system. It is time to recognize that each student has a unique learning profile that reflects his or her particular learning strengths, weaknesses, and affinities. We need to build expertise about learning in our schools, so that we can consider how students learn and why they may be struggling, not just how well or poorly they’re doing on their tests.
Teachers Will Lead the Learning Revolution
All Kinds of Minds joins with others to support teachers and provide opportunities for them to build their expertise in how students learn. Because once teachers use the latest research on how students learn and put that knowledge into practice – every day, with every student – achievement gaps will close, disengaged students will decrease in number, and the chronic underperformance of students in our schools will diminish. Learn More.
The Science behind Successful Learning
Translating the latest research from multiple disciplines into a neurodevelopmental framework and approach to help teachers better understand how students learn and vary in their learning.
Disseminating research-based information and resources to help teachers build their professional expertise around the science of learning, so they can help all students reach their potential.
Advocating for a greater focus on and understanding of the value of the science of learning and how it can help schools better serve all students.
Last year, more than 60 Breck Faculty were able to dive deeply into teaching and learning through these wonderful opportunities. Our appreciation to the E.E. Ford Foundation and the support of the Breck community in making this happen!
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.
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
- St. Christopher's School http://educatingboys.com/about/
- High Tech High (they have P-12) http://www.hightechhigh.org/
- Alt School https://www.altschool.com/
- Groves Academy http://www.grovesacademy.org/
- Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences http://www.xrds.org/page
- Fusion Academy http://www.fusionacademy.com/
- Brightworks School http://www.sfbrightworks.org/about-us/
- Eagan School of Environmental Studies http://sesmn.org/
- Phuket International Academy http://www.uwcthailand.net/
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.
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.
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.