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Join us for Our Spring Series

Join NCSS and inquirED for "The Science of Building Knowledge" webinar series. Explore how students construct knowledge and how it plays a vital role in their success in college, career, and as participants in our democracy.


Inquiry vs. Knowledge Building: Dismantling the False Dichotomy

FEB 1, 2024

With special guests Shanti Elangovan (CEO and Founder, inquirED) and Elisabeth Ventling Simon (Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder, inquirED).

Do educators have to choose between inquiry and knowledge building? Where is the instructional sweet spot where the two can work together to deepen knowledge and disciplinary skills? Join us to explore a model of brain-based learning that integrates deep knowledge building and high-quality, structured inquiry.


A Brain-Based User’s Guide for Educators

FEB 22, 2024

With special guest Daniel T. Willingham (psychologist, author, and professor at the University of Virginia).

Can understanding the brain revolutionize how we help students build knowledge? How can schools and districts optimize their practices for better learning outcomes? Join renowned cognitive psychologist and author Daniel T. Willingham to explore how integrating cognitive psychology principles with educational practices can transform the way knowledge is built in our classrooms and schools.


Teaching for Knowledge Transfer

MAR 21, 2024

With special guests Mary A. Burkhauser (Senior Researcher, READS Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Sarah Milo Hoskow (Head of Partner Experience, inquirED).

What strategies can be used to build robust knowledge networks in young learners? How do schemas contribute to long-term comprehension and retention? Join NCSS, inquirED, and celebrated Harvard researcher Mary A. Burkhauser for a deep dive into the science of knowledge building through schemas and how they impact student learning across subject areas.


Critical Connections: Experience, Emotion, and Knowledge Building

APR 18, 2024

With special guest Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education), Hanan Attiyah (New Jersey Council for the Social Studies 2023 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Middle States Council for Social Studies Collins-Skinner Award 2024), Kathryn Kunz (3rd-grade teacher, Flemington-Raritan Regional School District), and Nina Higgins (3rd-grade Special Education teacher, Flemington-Raritan Regional School District).

How do the emotional responses students experience affect their depth of knowledge and learning? Join prominent educational psychologist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang as she explores the critical connections between emotions, experiences, and learning. We'll also be joined by social studies teachers, who will share artifacts of student learning, engagement, and experience.


Special Teacher Appreciation Webinar: The Power of Stories in the Classroom

MAY 9, 2024

With special guest Julie Burstein (Peabody Award-winning producer and best-selling author) and surprise guests!

Join Julie Burstein as we explore the power of stories to connect us to each other and the world around us. We’ll discuss – and hear an excerpt from – Live from Mount Olympus an award-winning podcast produced by the Onassis Foundation. Then, we'll share insights on the unforgettable teachers and stories that have shaped our lives.

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