Javier Arguello is the Executive Director of COGx and is primarily responsible for guiding the organization’s research and global partnerships.
The impetus for his work is personal. As a child, Javier attended four private and three public schools in three cities and three countries before graduating from high school. The shifting cultures, languages and personal situation led to dramatic changes in his academic performance. At the age of 13, he was diagnosed as “mildly retarded”. By 18, Javier was a community college dropout and had given up on the prospect of a formal college-level education.
Javier then earned scholarships and graduate degrees from Yale and Harvard. He also earned a graduate-level fellowship to conduct research at MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
While conducting research and through ongoing collaborations with academics, Javier realized how most of the research on cognitive science was not being applied to help educators be more effective at teaching or to develop student who are more capable of learning independently. COGx was formed to help narrow the gap between scientific research and application in order to improve learning outcomes.
At COGx, Javier is responsible for designing the corporate strategy that fosters democratizing access to COGx programs through a carefully selected network of private and public organizations serving as partners.