We design and test innovative interventions, models, tools and technologies to support teachers and students in 21st century learning environments around the globe. Our "classrooms" break out of the traditional brick-and-mortar model because learning can happen anywhere.
We focus on all learners, from child to adult, in schools, museums, and other settings where minds can grow and skills can be sharpened. We focus in particular on urban communities where school children have long been underserved.
We focus on how the development of cognition can aid in the analysis and design of effective literacy, mathematics and science instruction, taking into account how the social and cultural dimensions influence learners and outcomes. We work to inform national education policy that supports those efforts.
No one else does what we do.
We reach out across the disciplines to share knowledge and best practices, and unlike traditional education programs, ours is truly multidisciplinary. We think that is the best way to understand how learning works and to develop new and better ways of improving it.
We share our findings through reports and papers, public outreach, and through the curricula we develop.
We also aim to cultivate the next generation of researchers who will continue this work in the future with our graduate program. As part of it, students work directly with esteemed faculty on projects that focus on children and adults. Graduates leave with a dual expertise — in the sciences of learning and in a discipline, such as chemistry, computer science, or literacy.