Science of Learning Mini-Series

In partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville Public Education Foundation is offering a second round of a new professional learning opportunity for MNPS Middle School and High School Core Content Teachers. The Science of Learning Mini-Series, facilitated by Nancy Livingston, will provide training and support for educators to learn and implement teaching strategies informed by cognitive science. Teachers will be eligible to receive 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. Office hours will be offered between sessions to support teachers in applying these strategies.


Science of Learning Mini Series

Session 1: Optimizing Working Memory | February 23, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Session 2: Retrieve to Retain Part 1 | March 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Session 3: Retrieve to Retain Part 2 | March 9, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place at the John Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212

Boxed meals will be provided at each session.

Registration will close on February 16 or when all spots are filled. Teachers must register to participate and are expected to attend all three sessions. Only teachers who attend all three sessions will be eligible to receive PD credit. Please reach out to Tashaye Woods 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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