Season 3: Episode 14 – Learn Better with Ulrich Boser [Podcast]

In this episode we’re speaking with Ulrich Boser, author of Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything. Ulrich is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and writes about education. He is also founding director of the Center’s science of learning initiative. His research and writing have been featured everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. His work on school spending made headlines around the country and helped inspire initiatives to improve the effectiveness of education dollars. Ulrich has also developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the Center’s education team.

Prior to working at the Center, Ulrich was a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, the founding editor of the online criminal justice magazine The Open Case, and a research coordinator at the newspaper Education Week. Ulrich is also the author of The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters.

In this episode, we talk about:

  1. (Randy) In your introduction, you write “I became fascinated with learning…” We are fascinated with learning as well and found your book so applicable to the kinds of changes in learning we are working on! What’s the big question behind Learn Better? And why should educators pick it up and give it a read?
  2. (Lynn) You outline a systmatic approach to developing expertise. Can you share with us a brief overview of the key steps in the approach? (Follow-up: How did you use this approach in your own learning about learning?)
  3. (Randy) You write about the value of supporting learners. What are some strategies that teachers and parents might use to support learners as they move back and forth though the stages?
  4. (Lynn) Taking into context the world today and what futurists are sharing about the work and life in the decades ahead, why is it now more important than ever that schools focus on developing people who can learn across the lifespan?

Join in the conversation!

Each episode we leave you with a question or two to think about with the idea of provoking conversation.

This week’s questions:

  1. Making connections to your own learning, what do you believe about learning after listening to today’s podcast episode?
  2. How will you lead the conversation around shifts in learning in your school or district?

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Explore Additional Resources:

  1. Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
  2. Website:
  3. Twitter: @ulrichboser
  4. Learn Better Guide for Students
  5. Learn Better Guide for Teachers and Parents
  6. Learn Better Guide for Policymakers
  7. Learn Better Infographic

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