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PASE Convenes Education Leaders for Symposium on the Science of Learning

On January 25, Partnership for After School Education (PASE) convened over 60 education stakeholders from across New York City and New York State for a half-day symposium at Neuberger Berman’s headquarters, entitled “(Re)imagining a Recovery Agenda: Leveraging the Science of Learning for Youth Success.”

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A graphic recording of key themes from our research panel with Dr. Pamela Cantor, Dr. Edward Fergus, and Dr. Jane Quinn.

The event centered on the science of learning to inform a recovery agenda for K-12 students that will address learning loss in the context of the many losses experienced by young people in NYC and more fully encompass the comprehensive needs of youth. Panelists and speakers called for school-based and afterschool support that foster strong relationships, respond to mental health needs, and promote active engagement.

“Adult mindsets and beliefs have always been critical to schools where young people thrive. In this moment we have an opportunity to promote excellence and equity if adults come together to create environments that are culturally responsive,” said Dr. Edward Fergus, Professor of Urban Education at Rutgers University.

Attendees for the event included New York City and New York State K-12 education administrators, school leaders, representatives from community-based organizations, philanthropy, and higher education professionals.

Throughout the panels and remarks from leading researchers on the science of learning and local education leaders, participants expressed a common interest in collaborating across sectors to support youth across New York City and New York state during the current COVID-recovery period.

Some themes that emerged included the importance of looking beyond academic measures of success to consider broader student wellbeing, the significance of positive connections in schools and other learning environments, the need for strong educator training and support, and a desire for more flexibility in systems and funding structures.

“As we considered the science of learning we knew that we need consider COVID-recovery at multiple levels, and it was an all-hands-on-deck situation. What we heard today from this incredible group of expert researchers and practitioners is that the science of learning—the vital role of strong relationships with adults and peers, caring environments that create a sense of belonging —is consistent with best practices of youth development programs,” said Alison Overseth, PASE Chief Executive Officer.

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Event Program & Slides

Symposium Program


Dr. Pamela Cantor Slides


Dr. Edward Fergus Slides


Event Videos

Opening Remarks--Alison Overseth & Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr.

Research Panel--Dr. Pamela Cantor, Dr. Edward Fergus & Dr. Jane Quinn

Practice Panel--Christopher Caruso, Carry Chan, Sandra Escamilla, & Fatima Shama

Suggested Resource List

Check out this list of resources recommended by panelists, planning committee members, and PASE staff.

Science of Learning Readings and Resources

  • Date Posted

    January 26, 2023

  • Author

    Jennie Morrison

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