Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

Evidence confirms that early experiences have both short-term and long-term impacts on learning and behaviour. Similarly, early environments affect both immediate and lifelong health. While health and learning are separated in policy, they are interrelated and interdependent. “Strategic investments in young children and the adults who care for them affect long-term physical and mental health… Read more

Ecology of Learning

An ecology of learning includes the places and interactions that offer opportunities for learning, development, and achievement throughout a person’s life. This environment inspires exploration, creativity, connections with others, and support in mastering skills at home, and in school, the community, and digital spaces. To see snapshots of how schools and communities around the world… Read more

The OECD Learning Compass 2030

How do you prepare students for jobs , technologies and social issues that haven’t existed before? The OECD Learning Compass 2030 is a framework that defines the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that learners need to fulfil their potential and contribute to the well-being of their communities and the planet. It recognizes that learning is… Read more

Eliminating Violence Against Women

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo and like previous years, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and… Read more

Learning to Read Changes Adult Brains

New research shows that learning to read as an adult can change your brain. An international team of researchers conducted a study with 30 women in India who did not read. Twenty-one of the Hindi-speaking women, mostly in their thirties, were taught to read Devanagari script for six months. Participants reached a level similar to… Read more

Using Public Spaces for Learning

Recognition of environmental print, the everyday print in signs, labels and logos, is a stage of literacy development that is meaningful for children. Now, a few projects are more intentionally using print in public spaces to support literacy and learning. How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Supermarket shows how signage… Read more

Violence and Learning

In the following video, Jenny Horsman explains how experiences of violence can make it hard to learn. She introduces simple strategies to help with returning to learning after violence. Our Brilliant Brains: Learning in the Aftermath of Violence from Susan Tiihonen Visit the Learning and Violence website to learn more. This year’s 16 Days of… Read more

Sound and learning

Did you know that the brain’s response to sound affects how you learn? The Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University is able to predict which children are likely to struggle with reading by their brain’s response to sound at an early age, before they are actually reading. The good news is that there are things… Read more