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Incentivizing State Reinvestment in Postsecondary Education

October 27, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

The nation's system of public universities, colleges, and training centers has long served as one of the key levers for broadening economic and social mobility. Yet, since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, state governments have decreased their direct investment in these vital public institutions. State budget cuts have devastating real-world effects: Public colleges have increased their reliance on tuition paid by students and families, and in particular, the net price paid by low- and middle-income Americans has increased in the states that cut funding the most. In order to achieve the nation's goals for a highly educated population and to remain competitive in the global economy, this great retreat in public support for higher education needs to be reversed.

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The Cognitive Science Revolution

October 29, 2014, 10:30am ET - 11:30am ET

Over the course of a generation, what we know about the brain has grown exponentially. As a result of our improved understanding of our minds, we now have more insight into how children—and adults—learn best. Cognitive science has yielded some paradoxical findings, including that play may be the best way for children to learn the self-control needed for hard work; that rote memorization can be a stepping stone to using higher-order critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and that integrating arts into the curriculum can improve students’ long-term memory of what is taught. Unfortunately, this research has often been slow to make its way into schools or is used in haphazard ways. Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which we will discuss ways in which findings from cognitive science can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Implications for federal, state, and local policy will be discussed.

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