THE LEARNING AGENCY LAB
At the Learning Agency Lab, we use the science of learning to improve outcomes for historically underserved students. We work with researchers, data scientists, and learning science experts to develop tools and programs for the social good.
We offer several learning science resource guides covering different learning and education approaches. Whether you are an ed tech organization or an educator, we can help you better understand and advance the science of learning to improve student learning.
THE LATEST FROM THE CURVE
Math Misconceptions: Mapping Major Math Misunderstandings
Educators and researchers have spent decades studying learners’ ideas, errors, and misconceptions, but the use of that knowledge has not yet permeated the classroom. Discovering
How I Joined a Kaggle Competition as a High Schooler
There are many remarkable things about the field of computer science, from the rise of social media to the power of machine learning. But one
Houston, We Have a Math Problem – Inclusion of Data Science Could Be Part of The Cure
Math and reading scores post-COVID from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are in—and as we expected the news isn’t good. National math scores
Building Bridges in Education Research: The Future of Research and Development is the DARPA Model
From an outside perspective, education research may seem pretty straightforward. Researchers study teaching and learning to determine what methods are the most effective for particular
Advancing Evidence-based Practices In Education: A Brief History And Prospects For Improvement
Research into education has a long — and somewhat checkered history. Since its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century, education research has been pilloried for
Virtual Reality Helping Juvenile Prisoners Re-enter the World
For juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison – many of them before the advent of the smartphone, social media, e-commerce, and more – the
FEEDBACK PRIZE - PREDICTING EFFECTIVE ARGUMENTS
Georgia State University and The Learning Agency Lab are excited to announce the launch of the sequel to the first Feedback Prize competition– The Feedback Prize – Predicting Effective Arguments. This competition is also hosted on Kaggle, and will build on its predecessor by tasking participants with evaluating argumentative elements in essays written by students in grades 6-12 as effective, adequate, or ineffective. This competition also features a dual-prize track, with one track focusing on standard models and another track focusing on computationally efficient models. The computationally efficient track incentivizes participants to create models that are more environmentally friendly and easier to adapt to real-world educational contexts. The algorithms developed will help students receive more individualized feedback on their writing!
THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING SERIES
The Learning Agency Lab recently released six powerful videos from our “Science of Learning: Research Meets Practice” project. With the support of many partners, the project aimed to get the science of learning into the hands of teaching professionals as well as to parents, school leaders, and students.
We have developed one of the first study “hacks” courses based on the science of learning.
DOES PROOFREADING BOOST LEARNING?
Does proofreading encourage deep learning? The Learning Agency team admits some mistakes and shares some ideas about how teachers can promote deep reading.
DO GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS WORK?
The basic logic of gifted programs is at odds with many research findings. Gifted programs and other forms of “tracking”— where students are grouped by their achievement level or perceived ability — are supposed to improve academic outcomes. But there’s little evidence that they do.