Learning Science

The best learning experiences are grounded in the science of how people learn and develop. We enable educators, researchers, education technology developers, and communities to use the latest learning science.

Ajoy Vase and Gabriela López, Education, explaining the importance of collaborating with teachers to help apply the latest findings of how students learn in the classroom.
February 14, 2019 | Ajoy Vase and Gabriela López, Education, explaining the importance of collaborating with teachers to help apply the latest findings of how students learn in the classroom.
Students of Ms. Perkins’ science class at Bondy Intermediate School in Houston, TX, measure the height, liquids, light, and soil of plants that they grew from seeds. Project-based learning is one effective tool for students to remember what they learned long-term.
October 24, 2018 | Students of Ms. Perkins’ science class at Bondy Intermediate School in Houston, TX, measure the height, liquids, light, and soil of plants that they grew from seeds. Project-based learning is one effective tool for students to remember what they learned long-term. Photograph by Elias Williams.

Learning Science Defined

The study of how people learn and how different kinds of environments, circumstances, mindsets, and approaches impact learning experiences.

Focus Areas

Here’s a closer look at our initial focus areas:

Research Insights

We connect research with what happens in the classroom. This means educators can more easily use insights from research in their decision-making and researchers can more easily ground their studies in practical classroom challenges.

Learning Measurement

The development, collection, evaluation, and use of high-quality evidence in schools and communities are critical components to our work. With our partners, we support an approach that addresses the ethical implications and appropriate use of these measures.

Applied Learning Science

We apply knowledge of how people learn in order to help develop solutions to challenges educators face in classrooms. Our partners promote evidence-based practices, product development, and professional learning (here’s an example).

School and Research Collaboratives

We support collaborations among educators, researchers, developers, and communities to build infrastructure that allows them to rapidly advance solutions that improve teaching and learning.

Breakthrough Learning Projects

We work with partners to accelerate the development of big-bet innovations that address long-standing challenges in education.

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