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Available Spring 2019 – Published by Jossey-Bass

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning, is the culmination of our 15-year collaboration to understand what works best in education. We have developed a rare partnership of scientist-and-teacher – one that is true to the rigors of cognitive science and also practical with today’s teachers in mind.

Drawing on our joint expertise, we decipher cognitive science research, illustrate how we have applied the science of learning in our own teaching, and provide evidence-based recommendations to empower educators to unleash the science of learning in their own classrooms.

With Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning, educators will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of powerful teaching strategies based on the science of learning

  • Gain insight into how scientifically-based strategies are effectively implemented without additional preparation, classroom, or grading time

  • Think critically about current teaching practices and classroom culture from a research-based perspective

  • Develop tools to explain to students and parents why these strategies are effective and how to use them outside the classroom

  • Identify next steps to transform teaching and unleash the science of learning in classrooms


Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D.

Cognitive Scientist & Founder of RetrievalPractice.org

Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of cognitive science, passionate about bridging gaps between education and the science of learning. She has conducted research on learning in K-12 public schools for more than 15 years.

Pooja's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals; featured in the New York Times, Education Week, and Scientific American; and highlighted in numerous books and podcasts.

In addition to founding RetrievalPractice.org, Pooja is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. She also serves as a consultant and facilitates professional development workshops on the science of learning around the world.

For more information about Pooja, visit poojaagarwal.com and follow her on Twitter @poojaagarwal.

Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S.

Veteran K-12 Teacher & Consultant

Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. is passionate about student success using research-based strategies. As a veteran K-12 teacher, Patrice recently completed more than 25 years teaching social studies at a middle school in Illinois.

Patrice is the only teacher-author of the popular practice guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences. Patrice's teaching approaches have been featured on TV (PBS's NOVA), radio (NPR), popular press, and multiple books.

Patrice frequently presents professional development workshops and webinars throughout the United States. She has taught education courses at the graduate level, and she was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.

For more information about Patrice, visit patricebain.com and follow her on Twitter @patricebain1.