Brain based

Friends School of Baltimore is excited to be named a partner school of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL), winner of the 2016 International Mind Brain Education Society Mission Award. As the only Baltimore-area partner school, Friends now commits itself to making research-informed teaching and learning the central focus of faculty professional development, curriculum and program design.

“This exciting development positions Friends as a thought-leader in brain based learning,” says Head of School Matt Micciche. “Our teachers are already doing amazing work in the classroom. By introducing the science of brain based teaching into their practice, they will be even better equipped to individualize instruction, making it more relevant and meaningful for every student, every day.”

This summer the entire faculty read “Neuroteach – Brain Science and the Future of Education,” by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher (2016, Rowan & Littlefield). As part of CTTL and the Neuroteach Network, Friends educators will be connected to leading research universities and like-minded institutions and will engage in original research to advance teaching and learning at Friends, and to help inform the body of knowledge in this evolving field.

This summer a group of 11 Friends School faculty attended the Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy, July 23-27 at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., where they collaborated with numerous experts from this emerging field and committed to develop action research projects, which each will be conducting during the 2017-18 school year.

Upper School Spanish teacher Lucy Hand ’80, who attended the July Leadership Academy, will be focusing her action research on student feedback. “After sharing with fellow educators my frustration over the seemingly limited impact my lengthy, detailed feedback was having on student mastery and proficiency in Spanish, I’m looking forward to examining the impact of targeted feedback.”

Friends School will be sharing its teachers’ findings and experiences with brain based teaching and learning throughout the year. We invite the community to join the conversation by reading “Neuroteach,” copies of which will be made available in our Middle School office. For more information, contact Greta Rutstein, Director of Academics.
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