NBC's Education Nation this week included a lot of the usual suspects in education reform, (yawn), but I was pleased to see Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, co-directors of the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, talking about human brain development in the first 2,000 days of life.
The Institute is one of several centers around the country funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate the brain science of teaching and learning. The nearest center to us is the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center managed jointly by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.
I'm glad to see that scientists are involved in the discussion of the future of education.
Akron Public Schools' Desiree Bolden was also featured on Education Nation talking about Akron's afterschool program and the support it's received by LeBron James. See that video here.