Science of Learning
Action Research Cohort

In partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville Public Education Foundation is offering a new and expanded round of the Science of Learning professional development series. This year's opportunity is for MNPS Middle School and High School Core Content teachers and will span the 2023-24 school year. Teachers will participate in an action research cohort, learning new strategies informed by cognitive science to facilitate student learning and exploring the impact of implementing these strategies in the classroom. Teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation and be eligible to receive MNPS Professional Development credit upon completion of the learning series.

Participating teachers will delve into the science behind how the brain encodes new information, consolidates information into long-term memory, and retrieves information from long-term memory. Teachers will learn concrete practical applications of this science that can have an immediate, positive impact on increasing student achievement. Teachers will have access to office hours throughout the program.


Science of Learning Action Research Cohort

Semester 1

Full-day In-person Training | July 31, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Half-day In-person Training | September 1, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Reflective Practice Session Via Zoom | September 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Evening In-person Training | October 26, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Reflective Practice Session Via Zoom | November 16, 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Semester 2

5 90-minute sessions

January, April, May - In-person

February, March - Zoom

Dates to be determined by cohort members.

Food and refreshments will be provided at each session.

Registration will close on Monday, July 24 or when all spots are filled. Teachers must register to participate and are expected to attend all sessions. Please reach out to Colleen Gilligan at [email protected] with any questions.

This professional learning opportunity is currently only open to MNPS Middle School and High School Core Content teachers.

About the facilitator:

Nancy Livingston is the founder Village Court Consulting, an education consultancy focused on developing instructional leaders. She brings over twenty years of experience in K-12 education. She has managed and coached principals, assistant principals and curriculum teams in New York and Nashville. In 2019, three of the schools she supported received Rewards status from the state of TN. During her career, she has built teacher and leader training programs grounded in the science of learning. Nancy began her career in education as a Teach For America Corps member in New Orleans, LA. She has an MBA from Yale University and BA from Davidson College.


Please see below for currently scheduled public screenings of By Design: The Shaping of Nashville Public Schools. Seating is limited, so make sure to RSVP if you would like to attend.

Make sure to check back here for information as additional screenings are scheduled.

Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Johnson Center theater, Belmont University | Hosted by Belmont University Department of Social Work, Q&A to follow film | RSVP not required

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Southeast Branch, Nashville Public Library | 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway #201, Antioch, TN 37013 | Hosted by MNPS Parent Advisory Council (PAC), discussion to follow film | RSVP

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | East Branch, Nashville Public Library | 206 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206 | Hosted by MNPS Parent Advisory Council (PAC), discussion to follow film | RSVP

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