Professional Development for Educators

In partnership with the world’s leading experts from top universities, COGx bridges the gap between research from learning sciences and classroom application. Our online PD provides compelling research and insightful application to bolster teaching efficacy and improve their students' ability to learn.

Professional Development delivered online to educators anywhere in the world from top learning scientists.

COGx is the finest example I've encountered of cutting edge research on learning sciences applied to educational methodology. All educators should be required to learn effective strategies to develop the foundational cognitive skills students need to engage in the critical thinking and creative problem solving that 21st century demands
Sara Edward -Teacher (Masters in Education, Johns Hopkins U.)

We Practice What We Teach: Professional Development Designed Around the Science of Learning

Our Professional Development on the Science of Learning doesn't only democratize access on invaluable insights from decades of research on human learning, it also incoporates the scientific principles we teach to how we design and deliver the course.

Learning through our PD is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Our course will invigorate your lesson planning and empower how you teach with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

      Course Elements

Priming Activities
Priming quizzes, open-ended interrogatories, discussions, and other activities are used get to learners thinking about the subject matter they are about to learn.

Video Micro-Lessons
All lessons contain micro-video-lessons -dual-coding to foster learning. Introductory lessons are delivered by course facilitators while subject matter experts dive into specific topics.

Discussions & Reflection
Discussions are used throughout the course to promote deep learning through reflection and collaboration. Some discussions will be optional while others are required.

Small Group Collaboration
As part of fostering application, participants form groups around a topic or a principle and work in teams to develop original application ideas.

Office Hours
Office Hours are held to allow participants to ask questions and learn from each other as well as the course facilitators.

Live webinars with be hosted by SMEs/course facilitators and will take place 2 to 3 times throughout the course.

Course Modules

Cognition & Learning

The first module lays the foundation for the rest of our PD. Here, we define the core cognitive skills we rely upon for learning, including how these shape a student’s ability to learn and how you can inform your teaching.

Developing Self-Regulated Learners

Successful learners are self-regulated learners, which can be taught and developed in the classroom. In this module teachers learn the core tenets of a self-regulated learner: understanding key aspects of the functional architecture of human learning; effective strategies and techniques for learning; and how students can self-monitor and control their own learning.

Processing Skills

Learn about the role of processing skills, including what symptoms look like when a processing skill is weak, the statistics behind these skills in the classroom, and what you can do in your classroom to accommodate for processing skill strengths and weaknesses.

Executive Function

What is Executive Function and how does it affect learning? How common is comorbidity with other learning struggles such as ADHD, and processing skills?

Learn a framework for understanding the root causes and symptoms of Executive Dysfunction, including ideas and insights regarding what can and should be done to help learners.

Mastering Memory

Despite the compelling research supporting the efficacy of techniques and strategies to enhance a students ability to amass knowledge, these are widely unknown by students. Instead, most students rely on ineffective strategies to learn information which leads to superficial learning at best. For example, retrieval strategies greatly enhance learning yet few students are familiar with how to space, interleave or effectively self-test to enhance learning.

This module will equip you to master the architecture of long-term memory, including the strategies and techniques to store and retrieve information as well as classroom-based tactics to apply deeper learning and improved test-taking performance by your students.


Learn to develop your students’ awareness of how their learning occurs, including an ability to monitor and manage their learning behaviors.

This is the foundation for learning independently, effectively and efficiently. This module will help you develop your student’s metacognition through practical strategies that gradually foster metacognitive awareness.

Effective Feedback

Research suggests effective feedback, formative assessments and peer-based learning are among the most effective ways a student can learn information.

In this module you will learn how to apply formative assessments, feedback and peer-based learning from an expert on the science of learning as well as the application of these concepts.

Student Engagement

In the majority of classrooms, student engagement decreases with every year of schooling. Yet, student learning requires their engagement and motivation. What do you see as the biggest barrier(s) to motivation for students? What is currently in place in your classroom or at your institution as a whole to support learner engagement and motivation?

Learn what research reveals about the most effective ways for teachers to foster student motivation and engagement in the classroom.

Learning Differences

Learning is a cognitive process and every classroom is cognitively diverse. While labeling students hinders their performance, understanding their cognitive profile and how they learn, enables you to be a more effective teacher.

In this module, you will learn how to recognize common symptoms among students with specific learning difficulties, including processing disorders, twice exceptional (gifted students with learning disabilities), as well as refine your approach to how you teach.

More importantly, in this module you will learn how map learning difficulties to cognitive skills as well as refine your approach to how you teach them through appropriate strategies to engage your students’ gifts and support their areas of difficulty.

Emotions & Learning

Learn how to foster positive emotions and behaviors that increase student engagement, effort and learning outcomes. Develop a better understanding of the interdependencies between cognition, emotion and behaviors to better understand your students root causes.

In this module we explore the role of negative and positive emotions in learning with tools to minimize those that hinder the process while maximizing those that enable successful learning.

Understanding What Works

Understand the research supporting what works to improve learning outcomes in the classroom. Identify best-practices for teaching and common policy mistakes meant to target teaching outcomes that are ineffective.

Learn what interventions and approaches have the highest impact in fostering student learning as well as how to differentiate between myths and scientific principles that underpin our understanding of learning. More importantly, learn to adjust your approach to teaching based on these insights.


Guest Lecturers

Global experts on human learning provide the scientific base of our content, while course facilitators and subject matter experts translate the science and guide application to your classroom.

Course Facilitators

Testimonials From Teachers at COGx Partner Schools

Without the ability to remember definitions, facts, or details, students are stranded at the most basic level of understanding. The COGx methodology gives me the tools to train my students, to strengthen their memory through direct instruction of activities that build visualization, strengthen comprehension as ideas are linked through meaningful connections, and efficiently organize information that can be easily retrieved.

A wide range of information on brain function and how understanding brain function can aid teaching and learning. I appreciated having the video lesson as a follow up to the readings.

I really like how the course was set up. I also liked the questions from priming quizzes. The questions cause you to exercise your critical thinking skills. The topic was always great! I learned a lot about how I process information... it literally helped me personally as well as to become a better teacher!

I think the topics of this course should be given as teacher training for all teachers. This was the first time I had had any type of training on how to work with students who may have different roadblocks to attention, working memory and processing speed. This training helped me to understand my students much better

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