LInc Talk


Friday, April 2, 2021, 10:30am to 11:45am


Zoom -Participants will receive Zoom Link via email prior to the event.

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning

AgarwalPooja K. Agarwal, PhD
Cognitive Scientist & Author, Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music
Founder of

There is a lot to learn in the world. Students can’t learn everything, and educators can’t teach everything. Especially not over, and over, and over again each time students forget. What can we do to improve learning and reduce forgetting? How can we use our limited amount of classroom time and make learning stick?

Based on more than 100 years of research, cognitive scientists have established powerful tools that substantially improve learning for diverse students, subject areas, and education rigor. In this workshop, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., illuminates key discoveries and practical teaching strategies from the science of learning, while challenging our ingrained beliefs about how learning works. Everyone learns, every second of every day – but that doesn’t mean we always make the most of it.

For more information about Dr. Agarwal and her new book, visit and follow her on Twitter @PoojaAgarwal.

Learning Goals:

Participants will be able to:

·      Go behind the scenes and explore key findings from cognitive science research

·      Think critically about current teaching practices from a research-based perspective

·      Challenge myths and misconceptions about how humans learn

·      Implement practical classroom strategies to boost learning and build a supportive classroom culture



Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is a cognitive scientist, conducting research on how students learn since 2005. She is the author of the book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning and an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. She is also the Founder of, a source of research-based teaching strategies for more than 15,000 teachers around the world.

Pooja’s research has been published in leading journals; highlighted by The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, and Education Week; and recognized by the National Science Foundation. Her love of learning formed at the outset of her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, under the mentorship of distinguished memory scholar and author of Make it Stick, Henry L. Roediger, III.

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