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Bror Saxberg, All-Star Learning Scientist, Joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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June 19, 2017

Talking Points

Bror Saxberg, leading learning scientist, brings his interdisciplinary might to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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“Kevin Durant heading to the Warriors.” That’s what one education insider tweeted matter-of-factly upon hearing the news on Friday that Bror Saxberg, Ph.D., a leading learning scientist and researcher who most recently served as chief learning officer for Kaplan, Inc., is heading to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Jim Shelton, who leads CZI’s education program, praised Saxberg for his “unique and impressive skillset” and indicated that his focus will be at the nexus of learning science, design, and engineering — and, naturally, will be highly interdisciplinary.

“Bror will lead our efforts to improve and accelerate the use of learning science and ‘learning engineering’ at CZI and in the education sector more broadly,” wrote Shelton. “By advancing and connecting cutting edge science with world-class design and engineering, we believe we can better enable researchers, empower educators, and help all young people achieve their dreams.”

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With the goal of catalyzing achievement and student success, learning science R&D in the education sector brings together disciplines including cognitive science, instructional design, behavioral psychology, and computer science. 

As AI and machine learning transform our daily experiences and our interactions with the world around us, a deep and adaptive understanding of how students learn inside and outside of the classroom is bound to become increasingly critical to both instructional policy and practice.

Read Jim Shelton’s full post below: