The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) is the nationally-renowned research arm of St. Andrew's.

St. Andrew’s renowned Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is powered by the creativity of its faculty and the partnership of our university researchers. The CTTL makes research-informed teaching and learning the central focus of faculty professional development, curriculum and program design at St. Andrew’s. It connects independent and public school teachers, leaders, and policymakers through discourse on translating research into innovative teaching and learning strategies.  

One hundred percent of St. Andrew's pre-school through 12th grade faculty is trained by the CTTL in how to read and translate research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education Science as they design their classes and work with each student.

    • St. Andrew's and the CTTL Journey - an NAIS Video

The CTTL works with every St. Andrew’s student, including our most sophisticated thinkers, to become more independent, efficient, confident, and self-aware learners. Advanced students—many of whom would do “just fine” in less innovative classrooms—learn to work more efficiently in their best subjects and find confidence and success in areas outside their perceived strengths. For example, a highly skilled math student can learn how to apply her visual-spatial strengths to expository writing, improving her performance in English class. Students who experience difficulty in certain areas of the curriculum often find their confidence and the quality of their work improves greatly when they understand how they best learn and how, through deliberate practice, they can change their brain.

Here are ways St. Andrew's teaching and learning has been transformed through the CTTL:
  • Mindfulness training for Lower School teachers and students.
  • Teachers use varied forms of assessments. In certain middle and upper school classes, students have the opportunity to choose what type of year-end assessment would be best for the way they demonstrate cumulative understanding.
  • Transformation of grades 6-12 final exam schedule so that students have a deep opportunity to reflect on their performance, receive oral feedback from their teachers, and to establish strategies for future improvement.
  • The advisor program educates students about the neurodevelopmental demands of learning focusing on enhancing attention, memory, executive functioning, and time management.

Listen to the Podcast

    • Our Research-Informed Schedule

      Take a deeper dive into the scholarly articles teachers at St. Andrew's Episcopal School have authored for Volume 3 of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning's research journal, "Think Differently and Deeply." The first episode features Dr. Ian Kelleher, Director of Research for the CTTL, and Head of Intermediate School Judy Kee, who discuss the creation of the school’s new 2018-2019 schedule.

Read More from the CTTL

Think Differently & Deeply

Think Differently and Deeply is a nationally recognized publication written by St. Andrew’s pre-school through 12th grade teachers, students, alumni, and the CTTL’s university research partners. More than 10,000 teachers, school leaders, and policymakers have read the CTTL’s publication Think Differently and Deeply’s first two volumes, which provide models for how teachers can use research to inform the design of their classes and to work more effectively with each student.

Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education

Glenn Whitman, Dean of Studies and Director of the CTTL, and Dr. Ian Kelleher, Science Teacher and Head of Research for the CTTL, have co-authored Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education. Featured by The Klingenstein Center, the book is a resource for all teachers and school leaders who are looking for ways to incorporate MBE research into the classroom. 

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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, Maryland.