Democratizing Access to Learning Success & Effectively Addressing Cognitive Diversity

September 7th, 11:00 am CT
September 8th, 1:00pm CT


Improve your ability to develop successful learners in your school

Democratizing Access to Learning Success

1. Learning Success: Learning is a scientific process, and for students to learn optimally they must be taught . This is true regardless of cognitive abilities and disposition towards learning (Bjork et al., 2013). Students often use ineffective techniques such as highlighting and re-reading, with limited success. Such strategies are rooted in the misconception about how they learn (Bjork & Bjork, 2011). 

Learn how to teach your students to learn effectively.

Learning is a cognitive process and cognition is malleable. However, this reality can be a negative one if there is a learning problem that is not being addressed. Without an intervention to interrupt negative outcomes, the past is not going to correct itself, and the future is going to be a product of this (Luchins & Luchins,1990).

Learn how to better understand learning differences and effectively address learning difficulties so your students can succeed without compromising how much they learn.


2. Teaching Excellence: The current approach to teaching is often disconnected from how students learn and causes too many students to drop-out, struggle, and/or work too hard to do well (Hines, 2014). This in turn, inhibits interest and careers in STEM, which are often perceived to be “too hard” by students or “for smart kids”. Engagement decreases steadily from elementary school through high school (Gallup, 2016), impacting students’ ability to succeed academically. We know that a truly effective teachers know how to engage their students “in activities that foster storage of new information and subsequent access to that information. … Doing so involves focusing on meaning, making connections between new concepts and concepts that are already understood, organizing to-be-learned knowledge, and so forth” (Bjork et al., 2013).

Learn how we support educator’s so they can thrive in diverse learning environments with training and tools that are science and evidence-based.

Questions Addressed in the Webinar:

  • Defining learning success -understanding the cognitive, emotional and behavioral roots essential to learning
  • What is cognitive diversity, how does it manifest in a classroom and how can we address it effectively?
  • Disrupting inequities viscous cycle of low-income, high-stress, low-academic success
  • How to each so students learn – applying the science of learning to lesson planning
  • Beyond IEPs and 504s to effectively address common learning difficulties
  • What is the role of cognition and metacognition in learning?
  • Can we measure and target/strengthen cognition to improve learning?
  • What can students (and their parents) do to become successful learners?
  • How to identify the right program to support a student’s unique learning needs?

For more information on the UCLA Bjork Learning & Forgetting Lab: Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab


What Our Programs Achieve

Equity: best "in class" resources for everyone in your class

An education succeeds when teaching and learning are synonymous. This requires us to teach our students to learn effectively. Through research we know 1) learning is a science that must be taught and 2) when we fail to do so, students rely on the least effect strategies to learn. This may be magnified for low-income students who do not have the resources to obtain specialized support outside of the classroom. Equity is achieved when every single student, regardless of socio-economic status, is taught to learn effectively. Their success in school and life is dependent on their ability to learn.

Diversity: optimize how you personalize

Learning is a cognitive process. Cognition is malleable. Every single student has a unique cognitive profile which is affected by their behaviors and life experiences, including their emotions. Teachers must be trained to identify differences in cognition, emotion and behavior between their students while equipping them with evidence-based techniques to effectively personalize their instruction for their diverse learners.

Excellence: make teaching and learning synonymous

Decades of scientific research reveal the principles of human learning that lead to academic performance. Unfortunately, research also reveals how uncommon training on the science of learning is. This is because the departments of education that train our teachers to teach are decoupled from the departments of cognitive science that specialize in understanding how humans learn. We close this gap by synthesizing and translating research on human learning into application-ready programs that are science and evidence-based. This enhances excellence in teaching and learning.

Wellbeing: tools for a whole child approach

Our brains are changing constantly and shaped by our life experiences, which in turn affect our ability to learn. Therefore, while learning is a cognitive process, it is interconnected to our emotions and behaviors. To enable the success of our learners and educators, we must develop a keen understanding of how adversity can affects us and equip our educators with tools that foster the emotions, relationships and behaviors essential to learning.



September 7th, Wednesday
11:00 am CT

September 8th, Thursday,
1:00 pm CT