Catlin Gabel Chosen as School of Distinction by All Kinds of Minds

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Among First Schools Chosen for National Recognition
DURHAM, N.C. – As America looks for examples of innovation in education, all eyes are focused on Portland, Oregon’s, Catlin Gabel School.
Catlin Gabel is one of the first schools selected by the All Kinds of Minds Institute, a national not-for-profit organization based in Durham, North Carolina, as one of its Schools of Distinction.  This prestigious designation recognizes schools around the world having embraced the organization’s vision of every student finding success in school and life through the practice of “teaching to how minds are wired to learn.” Catlin Gabel School’s mission of “supporting inspired learning ….through dedicated teaching, caring relationships, a challenging curriculum, and ….valuing each person’s effort, imagination, and positive contributions to the community ….through inclusive partnership between family and school” is aligned with All Kinds of Minds’ belief that all students should have opportunities for success in school and in life.
Catlin Gabel School began embracing All Kinds of Minds philosophies in 2005, showing a strong commitment to embedding the science of learning into the art of teaching throughout its classroom and school curricula and school life programs. Catlin Gabel head of school Lark Palma shared, “Our students and families welcome the clarity of demystifying learning strengths and weaknesses that is inherent in the All Kinds of Minds approach, and appreciate the myriad strategies available to address issues that may impede academic success. Our teachers now include “learning about learning” lessons in their classroom curricula and our Upper School curriculum review incorporates subject analysis and multiple assessments.Our participation in All Kinds of Minds’ “Building Alliances between School and Home” led us to rethink Beginning and Lower School reporting methods/criteria, and parent-faculty meetings now often include information about All Kinds of Minds.” 
All Kinds of Minds’ Schools of Distinction designation is earned by schools (worldwide) demonstrating a relentless focus on student success through application of the latest scientific research on learning and its variations. At least fifty percent of faculty members in Schools of Distinction are applying expertise on brain-based learning acquired through programs offered by All Kinds of Minds. These educators use new knowledge and tools to understand learning struggles encountered by students, identify unique strengths and talents, and integrate teaching strategies for how each student learns. To date, only 21 such schools, worldwide, have earned this distinction.
“Catlin Gabel School is remarkable, not only because they’ve invested resources in acquiring new programs, but because they make this new research on learning work for students. In doing so, they demonstrate how education can be transformed so all students are on a path to success in school and life,” says Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO of All Kinds of Minds. She added, “Effective schools teach students in ways compatible with how their minds are wired to learn. This results in a strong academic foundation while nurturing the innovative and creative minds required by the 21st century.”
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About Catlin Gabel SchoolCatlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational day school serving over 700 students in preschool through grade 12; over 74% of its faculty members have participated in All Kinds of Minds programs. Catlin Gabel is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
About All Kinds of Minds—All Kinds of Minds is a not-for-profit organization that translates the latest research from neuroscience and other disciplines on how children learn – and vary in learning – into a powerful framework educators can use in the classroom. Since its founding in 1995 by Charles Schwab and Dr. Mel Levine, All Kinds of Minds has provided professional development opportunities to more than 43,000 educators worldwide. In addition to equipping educators with knowledge and tools to effectively teach all students, the Institute works to raise awareness about learning variation through pubic education, synthesizes the latest research from neuroscience on learning for dissemination to educators, and advocates for education policy and practices that meet the learning needs of all students. Visit for more information.