A Conversation with William H. Calvin

When I first met Bill Calvin it was at a convention of Futurists, in a loud room filled with passionate people discussing important issues such as the societal impact of nanotechnology and alternative fuels. Dr. Calvin’s voice was barely a whisper. A soft-spoken man, his tone sharply contrasts with the impact of his thoughts. An…

20/20 Vision for 2020 Challenges

August brings newspaper inserts about back to school clothing, student dread and anticipation, teacher preparations for the challenges of another year, and mass media reports on the state of the schools. The beginning of school simplifies life in some families, and complicates it in others. Students who begin kindergarten this fall will graduate from high…

Driving Brain Change is a Skill, Retraining the Student Brain is an Art

For more than three decades, Dr. Michael Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In addition to teaching and doing research at the University of California, San Francisco, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Dr. Merzenich’s work has been covered…

News from the NSF‘s Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center

A better understanding of the role that timing plays in human learning could lead to improved teaching techniques and alter the trajectories of countless human lives. Thanks to a $3.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, with the possibility of an additional $32 million over the next decade, a University of California, San Diego (UCSD)-based…

Building a Bridge for Excellence Between the Community and the Schools

Duval County, Florida School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Wise has only been on the job for 10 months, but already he is making a big impact on the 165 schools, 130,000 students and 14,000 employees in his district. Taking the lessons he learned from his last position as Superintendent of the Christina School District in Wilmington,…