Speakers

Kurt Fischer

Kurt Fischer, Ph.D., Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at Harvard and Director of the Mind, Brain, & Education Program, studies cognitive and emotional development and learning from birth through adulthood, combining analysis of the commonalities across people with the diversity of pathways of learning and development. He has discovered a general scale that provides tools for assessing learning and development in any domain, making possible the creation of scientifically grounded standard assessments that connect to student learning. Among his discoveries are that people move through different learning pathways while at the same time they show common (universal) processes of learning and development. His research group has recently discovered that people with “disabilities” commonly have distinct talents based on alternative learning patterns rather than having brain/learning defects. [read more]

 

Michael Andrew Clarke

Michael Andrew Clarke, Ph.D, is a native of Barbados. He started his formal career in education in 1981 as an assistant Music teacher at Harrison College in Barbados. He also taught Mathematics and Computer Science at the Lodge School in Barbados where he initiated the Cambridge O-level Computer Science program. He continued his teaching career at the Barbados Community College where he taught Mathematics and Chemistry and assisted in the creation of the curriculum for the associate degree programs in Science and Applied Science. He is a former Director of the Cavite Chorale of the University of the West Indies and choral director for the University Choirs of the University of the West Indies at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. [read more]

 

Jane Holmes Bernstein

Jane Holmes Bernstein, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate in Psychology/Neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Boston, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a licensed psychologist provider in Massachusetts. She recently stepped down as director of the Neuropsychology Program at the Children's Hospital and is currently dividing her time between teaching and research responsibilities at the Children’s Hospital and professional work with children in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. [read more]

 

L. Todd Rose

Todd Rose, Ed.D, is a research scientist with CAST (non-profit R&D) and a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. His work focuses on four areas: (1) the way perception, attention, and working memory interact to shape learning; (2) the application of dynamic systems models to the study of learning, development, and intelligence; (3) visual literacy and the development of smart images; and (4) advanced learning analytics. He lectures internationally on learning sciences, working memory, and the role of neuroscience in learning design and digital education.

 

Christina Hinton

Christina Hinton, Ed.M, is an advanced doctoral candidate at Harvard who works on issues at the nexus of neuroscience and education. Her recent research focuses on the biological basis of empathy and education for a cosmopolitan ethic of care. Christina worked on the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Learning Sciences and Brain Research project for several years, and was a primary author and editor of the project’s culminating publication, Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science. She also worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), specializing in early childhood care and education. She has authored many articles and book chapters in the field of education, and lectures internationally on implications of neuroscience research for education, research schools, and education for global awareness.