Academics

CTTL & The Impact on Academics

St. Andrew’s teachers receive two levels of Mind, Brain, and Education Science (MBE) research-informed training.

When a teacher is first hired at the school they develop a common language and framework for thinking about their work through a 3-day training in a Neurodevelopmental Learning Framework. In June of 2016, 100% of the faculty received two-days of training in deepening their understanding of and application of MBE research into their classroom design and work with each individual student. The Bridge, the CTTL’s monthly newsletter, also provides
St. Andrew’s teachers the most current research while spotlighting exemplary MBE research-informed teaching by St. Andrew’s PS through Grade 12 teachers.

Every St. Andrew’s teacher can speak to how they are using research to inform the design of their classes and work with each individual student. Teachers and school leaders are evaluating each curriculum decision in light of what Mind, Brain, and Education Science research says. Whether it is :
  • The school’s commitment to the social and emotional learning of each student through the Responsive Classroom and Advisory Program
  • The development of research informed strategies to enhance how students memorize, retain, and recall what they learn through the spacing effect
  • How to enhance a student’s intrinsic motivation through project based learning and the design thinking process
  • The varied type of formative and summative assessments students receive to evaluate their learning
  • The type of homework and use of technology that leads to deepen learning
  • Or transforming how the school year concludes so students can have time to reflect on their performance on final exams and projects
Students receive deliberate coaching of research-informed strategies as they consider how to better understand themselves as learners and to achieve at their highest academic and personal potential.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, MD.