Online PD: Science of Learning

In partnership with the world’s leading experts, COGx bridges the gap between research from learning sciences and classroom application. Our online professional development for educators provide compelling research and insightful application to bolster teaching efficacy and improve your students' ability to learn.

Program Modules: Developing Sophisticated Learners

This program consists of ~40 hours of self-led asynchronous e-learning, which are complemented with live synchronous webinars and office hours to support learners. Learners  maintain a pace suitable to each partner organization to be in sync with each other to promote meaningful peer discussion and collaboration and to benefit from scheduled office hours and webinars.


Developing Sophisticated Learners


Sophisticated learners are self-directed learners, which must be taught and developed in the classroom. In this module teachers learn the core tenets of a self-directed 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.

Teach for Belonging I (Emotions & Relationships)


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.

Teach for Belonging II (Engagement & Motivation)


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.

Capture Student Attention


Attention is a core cognitive skill that plays a critical role in learning. While students are often told to “pay attention,” they are rarely taught how. Learn how to capture, keep, and gauge your students’ attention.

Address Processing Speed


Processing speed refers to a learner’s ability to perceive, integrate, and respond to visual, auditory, or motor information. Students with both fast and slow processing speeds benefit from support. Learn how to discern and tailor your teaching to accommodate variations in processing speeds within your classroom.

Unlock the Gateway to Learning (Working Memory)


It is difficult to identify a learning task that does not rely on working memory, the ability to mentally juggle information. In fact, working memory is often referred to as a gateway to storing knowledge. Learn about working memory’s natural limitations in order to ensure learning success for your students.

Support Executive Function for All


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.

Teach for Mastery I (Encoding Techniques)


The vast majority of students rely on ineffective strategies to learn resulting in superficial learning. In the first part of Teach for Mastery, learn how to foster your students ability to acquire knowledge using proven techniques that facilitate the encoding of new information..

Teach for Mastery II (Retrieval Strategies)


Traditional instruction is focused on getting information into students’ brains. However, compelling research has shown that pulling information out of the brain enhances learning. In the second part of Teach for Mastery, learn how to incorporate retrieval practice into your teaching.

Foster Metacognitive Awareness


Teaching metacognitive reflection is among one of the most effective strategies to accelerate student achievement. Learn how to provide students with practical strategies that gradually foster metacognitive awareness and create the foundation for learning independently, effectively and efficiently.

Provide Effective Feedback


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

Understand Cognitive Diversity for Equity


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. Learn how to recognize common symptoms among students with specific learning difficulties, including processing disorders, twice exceptional (gifted students with learning disabilities).

More importantly, in this module you will learn how to 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.

Professional Development on the Science of Learning delivered by top learning scientists online to educators anywhere in the world

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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.)

Guest Lecturers

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

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

Our Professional Development (PD) on the Science of Learning democratizes access to decades of research on human learning. It also incorporates the scientific principles of human learning to how deliver the program.

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

12 Modules delivered at a fleixlbe pace for partner schools

Online PD - Program Elements

Priming Activities

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

Micro-Video Lessons
Introductory video lessons are delivered by program facilitators while topics within each module are delivered by  subject matter experts.

Classroom Application Guides
Takeaways Guides to ensure the effective implementation of the concepts covered in the course.

Professional Learning Community
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, reflect and discuss how to apply concepts taught.

Peer-Based Feedback
Experience breakout groups to receive and provide peers anonymized feedback for deeper learning.

SoL Practitioner’s Platform
Program alumni join an online platform to obtain and share resources and guidance for ongoing application of concepts taught.

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 program facilitators.


Live webinars are hosted by program facilitators and/or guest lecturers.

Program 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 program 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 program 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