Using Powerful Teaching to Remember and Thrive
Pooja Agarwal PhD / Patrice Bain EdS

About Pooja and Patrice

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On a sunny Wednesday in August 2006, Pooja and Patrice met for the first time – just inside the school’s entrance, near the cafeteria, next to the principal’s office.

Shaking hands and walking up the stairs to Patrice’s classroom, the momentum was unmistakable; Pooja would be one of the first cognitive scientists to conduct full-time research in an authentic school setting and Patrice would be one of the first K-12 teachers to partner with cognitive scientists in the classroom.

This initial meeting of the minds became a powerful teacher-scientist bond that continues today.

Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is a cognitive scientist, conducting research on how students learn since 2005. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Founder of Her research has been published in leading journals; highlighted by The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, and Education Week; and recognized by the National Science Foundation. 

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.

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