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Taking and Giving Feedback with a Growth Mindset

One of the questions on the  growth mindset quiz  that we use to help our clients (and ourselves) assess our growth mindset is this: “I appreciate when instructors and coaches give me feedback...

Betsy Hill

Share to Care

Good Day, Good Evening and Good Night

A lot is being written about our youngsters not getting enough sleep, particularly our high school students. In fact, many high schools have raised the time for their opening bells, hoping to gi...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

What’s Needed in Today’s Pandemic Era: Effective Neuroscience Intervention for Title I Students

First – A History Lesson Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was intended to narrow the educational achievement gap for children from families with low socio-econom...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Perspective

What Do You Mean by “Cognitive Capacity?”

We’ve been encountering the term “cognitive capacity” more and more often since we started to make the distinction between “cognitive ability” and “cognitive capacity” a few years ago. The reaso...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Perspective

Can Brain Fitness be Education’s Moon Shot?

During global Brain Awareness Week, some seven years ago in March 2015, The Kennedy Forum convened experts at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA to consider perspectives and review (then) ...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

Does Brain Size Matter?

When I talk about the brain in professional development trainings, I often ask participants to put their two fists together. That, I tell them, is about the size of their brain. Typically, every...

Betsy Hill

Thoughts

Sleep and Cognitive Functioning

As the new school year begins, it is important to review some recent research about sleep and cognition. New information makes it even more clear how important sleep is to learning and memory, b...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

Does Your Learner Struggle with Reading Comprehension Issues?

We often hear from parents that their child struggles with reading comprehension. Their child can “read” a text, but then can’t remember what they read or answer questions or do anything with th...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

The Particularly Pleasing Power of Neuroplasticity

As the scientific community’s understanding of the brain increases, the knowledge reaching outside the research community does too. One concept that has strong scientific consensus and is starti...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Thoughts

Addressing the Learning Crisis Connected to the Current Mental Health Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part series In part one of our series , we explored the relationship between mental health issues, cognitive skills in general, as well as the c...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

Cognitive Skills and Wellbeing: The Relationship

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a three-part series Wellbeing is the word that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days. And for good reason. It is that single, intangible state th...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Thoughts

Cognitive Approach to Addressing the Impact of Covid-19 on Students

Schools are exploring new ways to address the impact that Covid-19 has had and continues to have on students. As leadership teams around the country consider the most effective options to help c...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

Learners: Happier, Healthier, Here’s How

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to better understand and address mental health in more effective ways. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “The COVID-19 pandem...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Thoughts

The New Year and the Fine Art of Complaining

Some people just love to complain. You know them or maybe you are one of them. In an article in the New York Times Opinion section, Samantha Irby claimed, “To complain is to truly be alive.” For...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

Perspective

She Blinded Me (with Science)

From my heart and from my hand Why don't people understand my intentions? --Oingo Boingo Education is moving from being based on folklore to being grounded in science at an ever-f...

Betsy Hill

Perspective

Grading Your School? How do They Rate in the Science of Learning?

A number of state departments of education are working to remove the grading systems for schools that were established in the No Child Left Behind era. The idea behind those systems was tha...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Perspective

Should We “Teach” Executive Functions or “Teach about” Executive Functions?

In an article published in Education Week on March 1, education therapist Lexi Peterson says about executive functions: “If we treated these thinking skills as an essential part of the cur...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Research

Educator Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to receive increasing attention in the world of education. In our informal conversations with principals and teachers and parents, we hadn’t disc...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Ideas

Closing out the Year by Curing Educational Indigestion: Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates

“Our district is currently doing a lot of work to implement STEM and our teachers feel like they are constantly having things added to their plates while nothing is removed.” If we have heard th...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Perspective

The Role of Cognitive Skills in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are “three closely linked values held by many organizations that are working to be supportive of different groups of individuals, including people of diffe...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Thoughts

Gamification in Education: Fostering a Growth Mindset

When the term “gamification” comes up in the context of education, it is usually introduced as a way to improve student engagement and motivation. Given the dismal state of student engagement in ...

Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Featured Papers

The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.

Most will require registration in order to access them, but they are all free.

Three Near-Term Innovation Areas for K12
K12 human resources are crucial to utilizing the cloud successfully. Roles and responsibilities have all changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic, and a new trend to move to core co...
An Essential Audio Ingredient in Today’s Accessible Learning Environments
Today’s learning environments have changed markedly from just a couple years ago, prior to the pandemic. Tech devices are comprehensively in both the student and teacher hands, but are they missin...
The Gaps Remaining for District Digital Transition
Most administrators know there are still gaps remaining in their school or district’s digital transition. Recent studies including the 2021 Digital Transition Surveys for Administrators and Teache...
5 Steps to Fixing the Hidden Traffic of Records Management Overwhelming Schools
How come digital processes seem easier but are often harder to manage? A major shift to digital teaching and learning in schools has developed an additional digital traffic load for teachers and f...
From Chaos to Learning Recovery: Going from Manual-Digital All the Way to Efficiency
Seeing the Levels of Chaos Helps Anchor Bringing Order Schools and districts that recently lost 4 percent of students to alternatives continued to lose students in 2021 at an accelerated pace (no...
Hybrid Logistics Security
Your district is a brand, and your network security helps power its reputation. With the accelerated move to hybrid learning environments over the past year, school districts across the nation are...