To be our best, we can never stop learning.
I still remember my college education professor earnestly telling us that true professionals never stop growing. To this day, that’s what drives me.
We can’t allow stagnation to erode the quality of our professional practice. By continuing to learn, we understand why we do what we do and why what we do works. We can function with greater intentionality, equipping ourselves and our learners for relevant participation in and effective contribution to society.
I’d like every trainer and educator to be inspired to greater learning. I research, write, speak, and design programs to help organizations develop a learning mindset. I’ve witnessed thousands of professionals “re-energized” by learning. Join us!
Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.
Author, The Architecture of Learning
Noteworthy Implications for Learning & Education
May 2013 | Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmatic, and Income
Does reading and math ability correlate with the earned income of 40-something adults? Research suggests such a link may exist. If true, girls may have the advantage. A recent study finds that parental interaction differs depending on the gender of a child, and these differences influence early math and reading achievement. Meanwhile, the debate over the value of cursive handwriting instruction continues, and the benefits of early bilingualism continue to be discovered.
[more in the latest edition of The Spectrum]
2012 Course Testimonials Are In
Learning’s Core (Video Presentation)
Learning requires more than experience. The brain thinks its way to constructing new learning. What are the cognitive processes that build knowledge and understanding, and how do we engage students in such thinking? This series of videos provides some foundational answers. (Presentation made in Chicago, Fall 2011.)
Larry Ferlazzo, educator and author, recently extended the opportunity for me to share a bit about Clerestory Learning and The Architecture of Learning, what I think are the three important concepts educators can learn from neuroscience, and what current research I think could have the greatest potential for classroom application. Many thanks, Larry!
Clerestory Learning helps organizations foster a learning mindset through its services and research-based professional development programs. Here is brief introduction to our current offerings. View our booklet for a more detailed overview.
Research identifies strong correlations between “nonacademic” abilities—thinking, creativity, and “prescriptive knowledge” or “wisdom”—and success in and out of school. How can we cultivate these valuable capacities and fully equip students for success beyond the classroom? Teaching for More: Cultivating Thought, Wisdom, and Creativity in the Classroom explores how teaching can be designed to foster student growth in emotion, thought, wisdom, and creativity. Examples and tools to support application of ideas presented are provided.
Instructional Design Course | Architecture of Learning
Years of researching neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology convinced us the key to designing effective teaching is understanding how people learn. So, we developed the Architecture of Learning instructional design model.
Instructional Writing Program | Writer’s Stylus
How can we equip students to think and communicate influentially? We help them recognize that a first draft is raw material with great potential, and then teach them the skills to craft that raw material into meaningful writing. We call that transformative communication, the heart of Writer’s Stylus.
Professional Development Services
We enjoy developing relationships with fellow educators through a variety of professional development venues. In what way could our professional development services assist you in achieving your organization’s mission?
To stay in touch with those we’ve met along the way and to offer current and helpful research, insights, articles, and tools for ongoing interaction, we’ve established several ways to connect:
Blog | The Window
This Clerestory Learning blog explores neuroscience and cognition research findings, and identifies implications for teaching.
E-Newsletter | The Spectrum
This free resource for educators highlights current professional development events, articles, and voices from the community; 2-3 issues per month.