The Science of Learning – Deans for Impact
At the National Right to Read Foundation, we believe that this document hints at one of the most significant, concrete actions in the past half century. We hope that this could be a game changer. Emphasizing science–that is, evidence-driven instruction–Deans for Impact is a new non-profit organization focused on tackling their profession and pressing them to change the way teachers are being prepared to teach.
The purpose of The Science of Learning is to summarize the existing research from cognitive science related to how students learn, and connect this research to its practical implications for teaching and learning. This document is intended to serve as a resource to teacher-educators, new teachers, and anyone in the education profession who is interested in our best scientific understanding of how learning takes place.
This document identifies six key questions about learning that should be relevant to nearly every educator. Deans for Impact believes that, as part of their preparation, every teacher-candidate should grapple with — and be able to answer — the questions in The Science of Learning. Their answers should be informed and guided by the existing scientific consensus around basic cognitive principles. And all educators, including new teachers, should be able to connect these principles to their practical implications for the classroom (or wherever teaching and learning take place).