University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Learning Sciences & Policy

The Learning Policy Center advocates for advanced educational ideas and learning through
research and development.

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Staying on the Leading Edge of Policy and Learning

The Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) PhD program produces nationally competitive research scholars who have the training, track-record, and vision to become leaders in understanding and promoting educational change. Our program brings together three kinds of faculty expertise into a collaborative research and training environment: 1.) learning sciences in education, 2.) content-based educational research, and 3.) education policy and organizational change. Our students work at the intersection of research and practice, collaborating with faculty mentors on research programs that explore education in real-world learning environments such as K-12 classrooms, museums, community organizations, online and cyber environments, university classrooms, and more.

The LSAP program has close connections with the Learning Research and Development Center, a multi-disciplinary research center where many of our faculty hold cross-appointments. Students also have access to a wealth of research and internship opportunities through faculty research projects and groups such as the Learning Policy Center, the Institute for Learning, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, the Higher Order Cognition Collective, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and RAND, among others.

Our training follows a professional mentorship model where students work closely with a faculty advisor. Most students are supported by faculty research grants and most work as part of dynamic and collaborative research groups that include multiple faculty, graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and research staff. LSAP students are immersed in the fundamentals of being a research scholar, including presenting their work at national research conferences, publishing peer-reviewed research articles, developing and testing educational innovations, participating in writing research grants, and peer reviewing. Our students go on to pursue research careers in both university and non-university settings.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Learning Sciences and Policy
5811 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-7677
Fax: 412-624-2662

Latest News

Associate Professor Jennifer Russell Coordinates Series of Articles for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Published on 2/3/2016 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Jennifer Russell authored and coordinated a series of blog posts that are appearing on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Web site. The first article was released on Wednesday, January 13, and another one is being released each week for six weeks. "The blo... Read More...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

Published on 11/3/2015 6:00:00 AM

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2016 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

School of Education Joins Other Pitt Schools for Graduate School Week from November 2-5

Published on 10/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, several participating graduate schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Graduate School Week on Monday, November 2, through Thursday, November 5, 2015. The School of Education, along with various other graduate schools at Pitt, ... Read More...

School of Education Sponsors New Pitt Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies

Published on 10/15/2015 11:32:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh opened the new Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies in September, which is housed within the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. The School of Education and Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School will partner with the School of Medicine (C... Read More...

Associate Professors Lindsay Clare Matsumura and Richard Correnti Publish Article in "Reading Research Quarterly"

Published on 10/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Lindsay Clare Matsumura Richard Correnti Associate Professors Lindsay Clare Matsumura and Richard Correnti collaborated on an article for the International Literacy Association's publication, Reading Research Quarterly , titled "Classroom Writing Tasks and Students' Analytic Text-Based Writing." Read More...

Associate Professor Jennifer Russell and Graduate Student Maggie Hannan Collaborate on "Journal of Teacher Education" Article

Published on 9/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

Jennifer Russell Maggie Hannan Associate Professor Jennifer Russell and Graduate Student Maggie Hannan collaborated on an article for the Journal of Teacher Education , titled "Using Improvement Science to Better Support Beginning Teachers The Case of the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network." Read More...

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

Doctoral Student Joshua Childs Awarded with AERA Minority Fellowship in Education Research

Published on 4/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

The American Educational Research Association ( AERA ) Minority Fellowship Selection Committee has selected Learning Sciences and Policy doctoral student Joshua Childs for the 2015-2016 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The committee noted that it was "very impressed with... Read More...
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