Our Mission

The SoLD Alliance aims to make the science of learning and development a deeply understood, widely held, and actionable key driver of equity and excellence in education systems—to ensure that all young people, no matter who or where they are, benefit from effective, high-quality, continuously improving learning environments that are designed to unleash and realize everyone's potential for success in school and in life. 

Using insights from the science of learning and development, the SoLD Alliance intends to serve as a resource to connect and support leaders in research, practice, and policy to transform America’s education systems and achieve equity and excellence. 

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Our History

Members of the SoLD Alliance began working together in 2016 based on a shared hypothesis that the science of learning and development could provide critical insights and solutions to the persistent inequity and underperformance in our education system.

Since then, we have engaged and convened leading scientists and education experts in a number of fields—including neuroscience, epigenetics, learning science, social and emotional learning, early childhood development, the science of adversity, and human development—to build knowledge, drawn from the emerging lessons from the science of learning and development which have the greatest import for education research, practice, and policy.

In the process, we learned that the science tells a positive and powerful – though often misunderstood – story about how young people develop, how they become learners, and how their environments can nourish or hinder the expression of their fullest potential. These findings have significant and actionable implications for our education and related youth-serving systems.

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