What if every student knew the power of their own mind, and had the tools and supports to unleash their full potential?
What if we could design and deliver tools and programs that built capacity in students’ core cognitive abilities—their ‘executive functioning’, which forms the foundation for all learning? What if our schools and homes were environments that helped students unlock and improve their executive functioning?
When confronted with the concept of executive function, many teachers, students, and parents believe that you either have it or you don’t. We challenge this idea by showing that everyone has executive function capacity, and that it can be strengthened based on what you do with it. We design technology that allows lab-based and school-based research to determine whether executive functioning can be improved with direct training, and if that has an impact on real-world outcomes such as academic achievement.
UCSF Neuroscape Center’s game-changing research has the potential to fundamentally change how teaching and learning is designed and what we believe about students’ core cognitive abilities. By creating more awareness of how to unlock the potential of the learning brain through both direct training and environments that emphasize that the brain is malleable, we will help create greater student agency to unleash their learning potential. Ultimately, the goal is for every student, teacher, parent and guardian to know the power of the learning mind, and how to optimize learning for every student.