Bringing back the joy of teaching and learning.

Advancing teacher effectiveness and student achievement through neuroeducation – the principles and applications of Mind, Brain and Education Science.

THE CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

We are proud to have been thought partners, supporters and collaborators with The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School since its inception. Launched in 2009, the CTTL creates and innovates in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education Science. The Center’s goal is to empower teachers and school leaders from all sectors to gain important, effective classroom and school management strategies by training them in the principles and strategies of neuroeducation – the process of how the brain learns.

In 2010, Crimsonbridge and the CTTL identified an opportunity to expand the reach of the CTTL by cultivating an innovative public-private partnership with Teach For America – DC Region (TFA). This partnership evolved to form an annual, year-long professional development program, the Brain Science and Content Development Collaborative. The Collaborative allows TFA teachers, who instruct students in some of the most challenged and under-served schools in the Greater Washington Region, to participate in the CTTL’s cutting edge training for educators. Our hope is that training these teachers in the principles and strategies of neuroeducation will allow them to maximize their effectiveness, and their students to achieve their highest potential. Learn more about the CTTL here.

Outcomes

With our ongoing collaboration, the CTTL has reached hundreds of TFA educators, and through them, thousands of students in under-served Washington DC public and charter schools. Building upon this success, the CTTL is launching the Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy in 2017. The Academy is an intensive summer learning experience meant to kick off the year-long professional development program. In its first three years, the Academy and Collaborative will serve 60 TFA participants, informing the learning of around 1,200 under-served students in the Greater Washington Region. Along with TFA educators, there will be over 100 independent and public school teachers, school leaders, and administrators, all participating in this learning and collaborative experience. This next frontier for teacher and school leader training has the potential to radically transform the way that teachers interact with students, and how schools support their teachers. Learn more about the Academy here.

Ideas in Education

Crimsonbridge Collaboration Grants

The Ideas in Education Festival is an annual conference seeking to bring together the best teachers, school leaders, students, researchers and policy makers from all educational settings to imagine the future of our schools. The gathering is part idea sharing, part data collecting, part networking, and part alliance building. Most importantly, participants use the principles of human-centered design thinking to answer two questions:

  • What do we already know about what is working in education today?
  • How can we better incubate, share and leverage ideas that will transform teaching and learning for all students?

The Ideas in Education Crimsonbridge Collaboration Grants are designed to enable public and private school teachers and school leaders to work together to incubate, grow, and share an idea that benefits their students, schools, or professional community. Grant recipients write blog articles and produce a short video about their work and formally share it with their school community. Learn more here.

“Teaching without an awareness of how the brain learns is like designing a glove with no sense of what the hand looks like. If classrooms are to be places of learning, then the brain – the organ of learning – must be understood and accommodated.”

Leslie A. Hart, Human Brain and Human Learning