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Much has been discovered over the past decade about how students learn. What are the key findings about the “science of learning” and what are the implications for teaching? What factors influence student learning, and how can teachers most effectively use classroom and homework time to ensure deep, enduring, transferable learning? Connect your practice to leading research.

ISS Global Educator: Kevin Mattingly

Dr. Kevin Mattingly has been a science teacher, administrator, and athletic coach for 35 years in junior high and high schools. In addition, he has taught graduate courses in learning theory and its practical teaching applications for 10 years at Teachers College Columbia University. Over the years, he has helped start a school (The Mountain School, VT), been a consultant to systemic school reform initiatives, and worked with over thirty schools on curriculum design, teaching strategies, and professional development programs. He has supported a variety of summer academic programs for students, including the New Jersey Scholars, Vermont Governor's Institute on Science and Technology, Hotchkiss Summer Portals, and a number of summer enrichment programs for public school students from New York City, Philadelphia and Trenton. Beginning in the fall of 2015, he will be the director of the co-curriculum for the Riverdale School in NYC. Mattingly holds a Ph.D. in zoology and a B.A. in biological sciences from Indiana University.

Kevin Mattingly

"To prompt learning, you’ve got to begin with the process of going from inside out. The first influence on new learning is not what teachers do pedagogically but the learning that’s already inside the learner. Any new learning must, in some fashion, connect with what learners already know. Learners construct their sense of the world by applying their old understanding to new experiences and ideas."

Lee Shulman, “Taking Learning Seriously” (1999)

Key Questions for Effective Teaching

How does memory influence learning?

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How do student mindsets influence learning?

How do we help students become self-regulated learners?

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