Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani
Creating a Network for information about learning for educators and parents
Several years ago we created a website (called Usable Knowledge, www.uknow.gse.harvard.edu/) to present information about educational research for educators. The site succeeded in demonstrating the usefulness and demand for such information, extending much wider and deeper than educators to include parents and all kinds of people interested in promoting effective learning. The L__RN (Learning Resource Network) led by Susan Magsamen, Kurt Fischer, Joe Blatt, and a consortium of universities, will be launching in September to provide a new online tool for families, educators, and child service providers to provide research-based information on childrearing, psychology, health, and education by discovering the science behind how children learn best. L__RN’s founding members – which include Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Mind, Brain and Education Program, Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, the University of Delaware, the Families and Work Institute, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Dallas Alliance (University of Texas at Dallas, Center for Brain Health, and the University of Texas at Arlington College of Education) have joined forces to draw from the science of learning to build L__RN as both an information resource and a dynamic community for communication and catalysis of practical questions for research. To guide the development of L__RN, three advisory groups have been assembled including scientific, educational and business experts.