Science of Learning and Development

Findings from the science of learning development (SoLD), when taken together, reveal many powerful lessons for transforming education systems, advancing equity, and helping every young person thrive.

LPI, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), EdCounsel, the Forum for Youth InvestmentPopulace, and Turnaround for Children, has launched this initiative to integrate insights across multiple scientific fields. These findings have critical implications for education policy and for school and classroom practices.

The Alliance’s work includes the publication of research reports and other resources to inform policy and practice.*

The Alliance also has other initiatives underway, including the development of SoLD design principles, which will translate this important research into best practices for schools and school systems and a collaboration with Edutopia to develop a video series that pairs research insights with a variety of illustrative strategies from schools, all grounded in the science of human learning and development.

Implications for educational practice of the science of learning and development
Linda Darling-Hammond, Lisa Flook, Channa Cook-Harvey, Brigid Barron, and David Osher

LPI Publications

Educating the Whole Child: Improving School Climate to Support Student Success
Linda Darling-Hammond and Channa Cook-Harvey

Social Justice Humanitas: A Community School Approach to Whole Child Education
Marisa Saunders, Lorea Martinez, Lisa Flook, and Laura E. Hernández

Teaching for Powerful Learning: Lessons from Gateway Public Schools
Channa Cook-Harvey, Lisa Flook, Emily Efland, and Linda Darling-Hammond

Teaching the Way Students Learn Best: Lessons from Bronxdale High School
Jacqueline Ancess, Bethany L. Rogers, DeAnna Duncan Grand, and Linda Darling-Hammond

Preparing Teachers to Support Social and Emotional Learning: A Case Study of San Jose State University and Lakewood Elementary
Hanna Melnick and Lorea Martinez

Related Resources



Funding for this project is provided by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Additional core operating support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Raikes Foundation, and Sandler Foundation.



*Two foundational studies were published in the Applied Developmental Science in 2018 and have provided the foundation for subsequent work. These are Malleability, Plasticity, and Individuality: How children learn and develop in context, by Pamela Cantor, M.D., David Osher, Juliette Berg, Lily Steyer and Todd Rose; and Drivers of Human Development: How relationships and context shape learning and development, by David Osher, Pamela Cantor,  M.D., Juliette Berg, Lily Steyer and Todd Rose.