How We Learn

‘Curiosity really is one of the very intense and very basic impulses in humans. We should base education on this behavior.’

from "What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?" MindShift, Maanvi Singh, October 27, 2014

Understanding the Science of Learning

Neuroscience and Human Development


In a complex world of exponential change, the most important thing is to be a learner. Anyone and everyone at or associated with MV is a learner. To continually develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to actively design a better world, one must learn to thrive in any context. This requires engaging with a diverse network and participating on a variety of project teams -- giving/receiving feedback, reflecting on one’s learning, and revealing next steps along the journey. - MV×, Strategic Center

At Mount Vernon we are deeply interested in how people learn. In our strategic plan, MV×, we commit to enhancing our understanding of neuroscience and human development. Particularly, in the Instruction section of the MVx Framework, we are striving for the following objectives:


The methods and practices for facilitating learning. For children - Pedagogy.

Emphasize instructional designs focused on inquiry-based learning (e.g., design thinking, project-based learning, project approach, visible thinking routines) that

  • Adapt to curiosities and passions of learners.
  • Optimize full engagement, deep learning, and high contributions of learners.
  • Draw on research in neuroscience and human development.
  • Strengthen local and global networks through a myriad of experts in diverse industries and environments.

On this page, we are working to catalog, archive and share the resources that we are finding most helpful in our journey to deepen our understanding of how people learn.

What We're Reading

Articles of Note

Reads of the Month (March 2018)

Selected Articles about Human Learning

Scheduling Reading List

Dynamic Collections

Books and White Papers

Longer Works on Learning

Our Partners

Active Collaborations for Learning

Mount Vernon engages partnerships that empower us to learn more deeply and to amplify our ability to contribute back to various causes. In our efforts to accelerate our work in neuroscience and human development, we are partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Beginning in 2017 and continuing for at least three summers, MVIFI funds three teachers at MVPS to attend the CTTL Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy with the objective to deepen our organizational learning in Mind, Brain and Education Science.