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The Brain

SOF Forum: Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning

In collaboration with Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program.

*This event is by invitation only.

This half-day forum will feature a series of moderated conversations exploring the latest findings in neuroscience as they relate to learning. To what degree is intelligence a fixed trait? How does mindset impact educational outcomes and IQ? Can mindset alone play a role in closing gender and racial achievement gaps? What is the benefit of failure as opposed to achievement in learning? How are the brains of teenagers different from adult brains and what does this mean for educators and parents? How malleable is the brain during adolescence and are we using the right strategies to help teenagers reach their full educational potential? View full agenda here


Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in decision making, relationships, mental health, and both academic and workplace performance, as well as the impact of emotional intelligence training. He has published over 100 scholarly articles and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning. He is the co-creator of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than 1000 public and private schools reaching nearly one million students, including their educators and families.

Dr. Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research demonstrates the critical role of mindsets in students’ achievement, and shows how a focus on intelligence or talent can undermine their motivation and learning. She and her colleagues have used their research findings to develop and test programs aimed at enhancing students’ motivation and learning, and at narrowing achievement gaps. Dweck has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has won nine different lifetime achievement awards for her work. Her best-selling book, Mindset, has been widely acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.

Laurence Steinberg is the Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University. His research includes adolescent brain and psychological development, risk-taking and decision-making, family and peer relationships, and school achievement. The author of 400 articles and essays on teenage development, Steinberg has written or edited 17 books, including The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, the college textbook Adolescence, and Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. He has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and appeared on NPR. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cost: $75/participant

Event information
Tue Aug 16, 2016
10:00am - 2:00pm GMT+0000
Doerr-Hosier Center
Aspen, CO