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“It is a pleasure to have a full length treatise on this most important topic, and may this focus on transfer become much more debated, taught, and valued in our schools.”

Professor John Hattie

Visible Learning

Teach students to use their learning to unlock new situations.

How do you prepare your students for a future that you can’t see? And how do you do it without exhausting yourself? Teachers need a framework that allows them to keep pace with our rapidly changing world without having to overhaul everything they do.

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations.

Cultivate Self-Directed Learners with Five Key Shifts

Cultivate Self-Directed Learners with Five Key Shifts

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. Every time we poll teachers about their highest priority, student engagement tops the list. How can we move beyond “party tricks” and toward self-directed learning? We’ve found five shifts that can...

Finding Balance: Aquire-Connect-Transfer Learning Sequence

Finding Balance: Aquire-Connect-Transfer Learning Sequence

This post by Trevor Aleo first appeared on National Write Center. Teaching writing often leaves me feeling like a perpetual Goldilocks. Some methods I try feel too rigid—removing student’s ability to cultivate their voice and hone their craft. Other methods feel too...

The Research Underpinnings of Learning That Transfers (LTT)

The Research Underpinnings of Learning That Transfers (LTT)

Learning That Transfers is a ground-breaking approach to designing lessons that prepare students to be adaptable, life-long learners in a rapidly changing world. Synthesizing dozens of academic papers and books, we’ve developed the Learning Transfer Mental Model, to...

Becoming better innovators and sensemakers through learning transfer. 


Facilitate opportunities for students to acquire and making meaning of individual concepts.


Promote student thinking about the relationships between and among concepts.


Empower students to apply their organizational understanding of conceptual relationships to new situations.

Conceptual Understanding & Learning Transfer

Every field, hobby, or complex skill can be viewed through this model of fundamental elements, called concepts, and the ways in which those elements interact. We can increase  retention, hone our skills, and transfer our understanding to new situations by wiring our brains to learn how to grasp the organizational structures of our world. Using these structures as our guide, we can make sense of complex systems, create innovative solutions, and design a better future.

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