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

Open Forum for Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search on October 14

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

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search Open Forum Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Office of the Provost is conducting a search for the next Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. As part of this process, the search committee will hold an... 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 Homecoming Reception on October 9

Published on 9/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education Cordially Invites You and Your Guest to Our Homecoming Weekend Reception Please join us for an evening of reconnecting with alumni and friends before the Fireworks & Laser Show Friday, October 9, 2015 7-9:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will ... 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...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

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

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...
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