Professional Education

Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education

Spring 2015

If you would like information on the 2015 session, please request a brochure and we will let you know when the program opens for enrollment.

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What You Will Learn

Discover how the links between cognitive science and neuroscience can help shape educational practice, and learn to apply current research in your own teaching, research, and curriculum development.

Program Video

MBE faculty co-chairs Kurt Fischer and Todd Rose, describe the upcoming program, explain how cognitive science can help to promote learning in the classroom and identify why it is so important.



Program Overview

Research in neuroscience, genetics and cognitive science has intensified in recent years. The availability of so much new and promising information provides an unprecedented opportunity to gain new insight into human behavior and its relationship to educational practice. Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education provides an opportunity to understand current research findings, consider their implications as an educator and assess their usefulness in ongoing teaching and research activities.

The program brings together educators and researchers to explore the latest research and emerging connections in the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and educational practice. Through a combination of face-to-face learning and online resource materials, you will better understand the powerful links among these disciplines and how contemporary research can inform your own teaching and research. The program places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary dialogue and focuses on bridging the gap between research and practice. The program is designed for both the PreK–12 and higher education sectors.

Program Objectives

  • Explore emerging interdisciplinary knowledge about learning
  • Review and assess models of human development
  • Evaluate the relevance of brain and cognitive science for education research, policy and practice
  • Develop skills to incorporate emerging knowledge about the mind, brain and education into tangible educational policies and practices

Who Should Attend

  • Educational administrators (at both the PreK–12 and higher education levels) responsible for instructional leadership, curriculum development, teacher education and professional development, or programs for diverse learners
  • University faculty who are associated with teacher education programs, teach cognitive and developmental psychology or are interested in the latest research in these areas

Faculty Chairs

Kurt Fischer is the Charles Bigelow Professor of Education and Human Development and the Director of the Mind, Brain and Education Program at HGSE. His research analyzes cognition, emotion and learning and their relation to biological development and educational assessment. Leading an international movement to connect biology and cognitive science to education, he is founding president of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society and founding editor of the new journal Mind, Brain and Education.

Todd Rose is a research scientist with CAST and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. His work is organized around six themes: human variability; course design and pedagogy in higher education; adaptive learning analytics; interdisciplinary thinking; the synergistic relationship between neuroscience, technology, and design in education; and the application of dynamic systems models to the study of behavior, learning, and development.

Additional faculty to be announced

Enrollment Instructions

Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education is a registration-based program. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. If enrollment in the program falls less than 30 days prior to the start date, payment is due upon acceptance.


The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after registration. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all enrolled participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until your program registration is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.