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Sep 14

Vulnerable Learners and the Science of Learning: Recent Research, Innovations, and Lessons from the Pandemic

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT


Date: September 14

Time: 11:00-12:00 CENTRAL


The pandemic and Adult Basic Education’s response to COVID has revealed program and individual strengths and weaknesses in how we provide educational services to our students.

 In this workshop, we will explore the major transformation in the study of learning and human development and early lessons learned from pandemic research in education. 

This workshop will present a framework for services  and a new way to understand and promote healthy development and learning for diverse ABE learners regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or history of adversity, challenge, or trauma.  

The workshop will provide research and lessons learn from scholars and practitioners from the biological/medical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences and educational science and  present a roadmap for action and progress. 

Vulnerable Learners and the Science of Learning

Recent Research, Innovations, and Lessons from the Pandemic

  • Understand recent innovations in learning science and how these innovations impact Adult Basic Education.
  • Learn criteria for evaluating current program practices in light of recent innovations.
  • Create a roadmap for progress and a framework for understanding how to use research in program design. 


Tamara Thompson, M.S., is CEO and founder of Mockingbird Education. She is an award-winning educator and has received state and national recognition for both instruction and curriculum.

Tamara is a former 2003 Teacher of the Year for the Austin area, a recipient of the Michael Jordan Foundation’s Innovation Grant Award, a recipient of Southern Poverty Law’s Teaching For Tolerance Grant Award, a former YBUSA Teacher Fellows and in 2010 was awarded a Research Doctoral Fellows at University of North Texas in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


September 14
11:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
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