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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

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February 11, 2019

How Learning Happens Video Series

On January 15, Edutopia (the George Lucas Educational Foundation) released How Learning Happens, a series of more than 20 videos showcasing teaching practices, grounded in the science of learning and development, that educators can use in their classrooms right away. The series was produced in collaboration with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Turnaround for Children, The Science of Learning and Development Initiative, Learning Policy InstituteAmerican Institutes for Research and EducationCounsel collaborated closely with Edutopia to develop the content. 

Pairing brain and social science research with real-life examples from schools, the videos feature expertise in science and practice from Turnaround Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Learning Policy Institute President and CEO Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.

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The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation
and by support from The University of Oklahoma and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.