All Kinds of Minds Supports 'Rethink Learning Now' Campaign

Grassroots movement aims to shift education reform from a focus on testing to a focus on learning

DURHAM, N.C. (May 4, 2010) – All Kinds of Minds, a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap in schools by equipping educators with training and tools based on the latest research on how students learn, today announced their support of the national “Rethink Learning Now” campaign.

The Rethink Learning Now campaign (RethinkLearningNow.com) seeks to focus national attention and dialogue on the essential ingredients of successful education reform – learning, teaching, and fairness. The initiative invites parents, educators, elected officials, and young people across the United States to share their stories about powerful learning experiences and to identify what made those experiences rewarding.

“The purpose of the Rethink Learning Now campaign is to focus the country’s attention on powerful learning, and on the core conditions that best support it,” said George Wood, Executive Director and Chair of the Forum for Education and Democracy. “All Kinds of Minds shares our passion and focus on learning. This partnership will help us expand the conversation on learning and drive our goal to improving the public education system.”

“All Kinds of Minds’ extensive network of educators and schools can provide this campaign with solid research and hundreds of examples of how the most challenging students can find success in school when the primary focus is on understanding how they are wired to learn,” said Mary-Dean Barringer, All Kinds of Minds CEO and co-author of Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation. “This campaign provides the platform to share powerful qualitative data to help the country restore its focus on the core pillars of educational change, and we are pleased to be a part of a coalition that so closely shares our own mission.”

To date, All Kinds of Minds has equipped more than 48,000 teachers worldwide to better understand, identify, and manage learning differences among students and help close the learning gap. More than 20 independent studies, along with a decade of program evaluation data, show that All Kinds of Minds’ programs help students improve on multiple measures of school success and academic achievement and support greater instructional effectiveness for teachers.

Visit http://rethinklearningnow.com/ to learn more and to find out how you can get involved.

Schools for All Kinds of Minds is published by Jossey-Bass.

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About All Kinds of Minds
All Kinds of Minds is a globally recognized organization that has translated groundbreaking research from neuroscience and other disciplines on how children learn – and vary in their learning – into a powerful framework educators can use in their classrooms. Through its network of partners, All Kinds of Minds delivers high-quality professional development for educators and advocates for learning-focused education policies and reform efforts