Online PD: Processing Skills

Online PD

Processing Skills & Learning Success

2 weeks

~ 4 hour/week

Next Cohort:

July 25, 2022

Synchronous + Asynchronous
Price: $150


Now more than ever, it is a challenge to grab students’ attention spans. During their school day, students rely heavily on the three-processing skills, attention, processing speed, and working memory. In fact, a weakness in one or more processing skills can impact a student's executive function. Yet, the majority of educators have not received formal training and as a result, misunderstand processing and how it occurs. In this program, you'll learn how to successfully capture your student's attention, adequately address processing speed, and unlock the gateway to learning, working memory. Finish the course with a toolbox of strategies that can be applied to your teaching on Monday.

Note: COGx is able to provide credits that qualify for the education departments in most states and are accepted by most districts. You may wish to check whether your state’s Department of Education requires a special approved provider status.

Program at a glance


What you will learn:

The 3 core cognitive skills essential for processing information and supporting executive function. The 4 types of attention and strategies to capture your students' attention. Common root-causes of inattention. The characteristics and limitations of working memory, the bridge to learning. How to arrange the content you are teaching to enhance working memory and reduce cognitive overload. Strategies students can use to optimize working memory. The science of effective multimedia learning and methods to improve teaching. The critical role processing speed plays in learning. Common symptoms of slow/fast processing speed on learning. Teaching methods and modifications that support the variety of processing. speeds that exist in your classroom The relationship between processing speed and emotional wellbeing. Classroom strategies to optimize how your students’ process information.


How you will learn:

7 Video micro-lessons from experts 6 Group Discussion Invitation 7 Visuals and Graphic Organizers 2 Classroom Application Guides Ongoing self-checks and application of concepts Direct access to your Program Leader Opportunities to give and receive feedback from your peers Teaching practice reflection & Complimentary Workshop

Translating & Applying The Science of Learning:

We practice what we teach: Our programs incorporate the scientific principles of human learning into our instructional design. Learning is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Invigorate your lesson planning with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

Who you learn from

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.

Peling Li

COGx Curriculum Designer, Adjunct Faculty Johns Hopkins University

Javier Arguello

Founder & Executive Director, COGx

Weekly Complementary Workshop with Blake Harvard

During the program, educators have the opportunity to apply academic research to their specific student population and subject matter during live, virtual workshop sessions led by Blake Harvard. Blake Harvard is a COGx Lead educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches AP Psychology at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. Blake is the creator of The Effortful Educator, an online blog that discusses and highlights articles and research in the area of cognitive psychology that can easily be applied in the classroom. The Effortful Educator Twitter platform is a remarkable community of 12k educators interacting and sharing practical applications of evidence-based learning strategies.

Workshop Schedule

July 28th, 2022
Processing Skills & Learning Success – 
1:45-2:30 EST
August 4th, 2022
Processing Skills & Learning Success – Processing Speed
12:30-1:30 EST

What Educators Are Saying

Research-Informed Instructional Design

Priming Activities

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

Video Micro-Lessons

Video lessons are delivered by 12+ expert educators, and leading researchers experienced in the translation of research on the science of learning into classroom application.

Classroom Application Guides

Takeaway posters are provided throughout the modules to guide the effective implementation of the concepts covered.

Retrieval Practice

To foster durable, flexible, and enduring learning, we apply retrieval strategies throughout the program, including elaboration, spacing, self-testing, and interleaving.

Peer-Based Feedback & Reflection

Learners receive and provide peers with anonymized feedback on lesson plan application assignments for deeper learning.

Alumni Practitioner’s Platform

Program alumni (Science of Learning Practitioners) can join an online platform to share resources and strategies for ongoing application of concepts and guidance.

COGx Program Leaders

Program Leaders are assigned to support your learning journey. They monitor the Program and respond to your questions. You can also contact your Program Leader for on-demand support.

Application Hour

Under the guidance of the Program Leader, educators apply academic research to their specific student population and subject matter during live, virtual training sessions.

Discussion Boards

Modules include Discussion Forums to share ideas, collaborate, and provide and receive valuable peer feedback. Program Leaders are also constantly available seek clarity or ask a question on any topic throughout the learning journey.

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