Unleashing researched strategies for the classroom leads to

Powerful Teaching

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Who is
Patrice Bain?

  • Co-author Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning

  • Education Specialist, Speaker, and Consultant

  • Veteran K-12 Teacher

  • Working over 12 years with cognitive scientists researching how people learn

  • Author: The Secret to Student Success? Teach them how to learn

  • A developer of research-based strategies for classrooms

  • Co-author: Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, IES Practice Guide

  • 1 of 15 task force experts on Neuromyths vs. Neurotruths for NCER National Commission on Education Research

  • Featured: NOVA: School of the Future

  • Featured: Scientific American: Researchers find that frequent tests can boost learning, Annie Murphy Paul

  • Educational Advisory Board for Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis

  • Provide presentations and consulting to school districts around U.S.

  • Member: IL State Teachers of the Year (ILSTOY) and National Network for State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)

  • Fulbright Scholar in Russia


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Create a Powerful Classroom Using Researched Principles

What do Feedback-driven Metacognition, Spacing, Interleaving and Retrieval all have in common? YEARS of research demonstrating these principles increase student learning.  Let me show you how!

Research? Strategies?  

 Achieving success for ALL students ALL the time

"When we think about learning, we typically focus on getting information into students' heads. What if, instead, we focus on getting information out of students' heads?"

Pooja Agarwal, Ph.D.

Cognitive Scientist, Founder www.retrievalpractice.org



Getting information out of people's heads makes sense, right?  Of course we, as teachers, need to teach information to our students.  We know  how to put the information in.  Yet, how many of us know how to pull the information out? The research is clear. There are specific principles that enable students to remember, to gather, to synthesize. Feedback-driven Metacognition, Spacing, Interleaving, and Retrieval are the authentic, researched methods that lead to robust learning.  It is time to get these researched principles into the hands, and minds, of teachers. 


As a veteran teacher, the one thing I  hear each year is "I can't believe I'm getting a good grade. I'm not smart.  I've always gotten Fs in this subject." By 6th grade, I have witnessed 11-year-olds internalize failure. It is not the students who have failed; it is often our teaching strategies.  I have worked with cognitive scientists for many years studying how people learn.  I have taken this information and developed teaching strategies that lead to powerful learning. Whether the strategies are old or new, the focus is on how to create purposeful, powerful teaching that leads to authentic learning.

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You may be able to tell that I  am absolutely passionate about student success.  For years, I have wanted to shout from the mountaintops that these principles and strategies work!  Will it take away time from teaching content? No.  Is this the latest fad? No, these are all research and evidence-based.

Let me share my expertise  and resources with you.  I am available for professional development and consulting. 

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning Endorsements

Great people are saying great things!


In Powerful Teaching, educators at every level will find a treasure trove of new techniques they can put to use in their classrooms, all of which are grounded in the latest research on how students learn. Accessible prose, practical strategies, and solid scientific support—these elements combine to make this a book that will benefit all teachers and, more importantly, their students.

James M. Lang, Author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Powerful Teaching shines a spotlight on the partnership between teachers and students in learning, by emphasizing student responsibility in the classroom. Using a set of clearly defined Power Tools, this guide equips educators to empower students to take charge of their own learning.

Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year

"Patrice Bain--one of the best professional development days I've ever had! Why didn't I learn this before?  I can't wait to apply these strategies in my class!!"


A few favorites that have guided my journey...


Sites and Books

Learn about retrieval practice:

 Retrieval Practice

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning  by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Small Teaching by James Lang

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