Oct. 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — In conjunction with the Commonwealth’s inaugural “STEM Week,” which will showcase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for educators and students from Oct. 22 through 16, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will kick off “STEM Week at MCLA” with a lecture by Pooja Agarwal, Ph.D, titled “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning.”

This lecture, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation (CSI) in room 121, is free and open to the public.

Agarwal, an expert in the field of cognitive science, has conducted rigorous research on learning in K-12 public schools for more than 15 years. Her forthcoming book, Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning,” is the culmination of her 15-year collaboration with Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., a veteran K-12 teacher.

Together, Agarwal and Bain decipher cognitive science research, illustrate how they have applied the science of learning in their own teaching, and provide evidence-based recommendations to empower educators in their classrooms.

Agarwal is the founder of, a hub of resources and strategies for teachers based on the science of learning. A former K-12 teacher, she is an assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

STEM Week was created by the Baker-Polito Administration to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of STEM education so that educators at all grade levels may participate by planning STEM-based lessons, events and activities throughout the week. Students from pre-kindergarten through high school and postsecondary institutions are encouraged to take part in hands-on learning that aligns topics across STEM subjects and connects to other curricula.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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