Authors of Powerful Teaching

“The authors have combined years of scientific expertise and practical experience to create a marvelous book. Powerful Teaching is a boon to all teachers.”

Henry L. Roediger, III / Author, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

On a sunny Wednesday in August 2006, Pooja and Patrice met for the first time – just inside the school’s entrance, near the cafeteria, next to the principal’s office.

Shaking hands and walking up the stairs to Patrice’s classroom, the momentum was unmistakable; Pooja would be one of the first cognitive scientists to conduct full-time research in an authentic school setting and Patrice would be one of the first K-12 teachers to partner with cognitive scientists in the classroom.

This initial meeting of the minds became a powerful teacher-scientist bond that continues today.


Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D.



Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of cognitive science, passionate about bridging gaps between education and the science of learning. She has conducted research on learning in K–12 public schools for more than 15 years.

Pooja's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals; featured in The New York Times, Education Week, and Scientific American; and highlighted in numerous books and podcasts.

In addition to founding, Pooja is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. She also serves as a consultant and facilitates professional development workshops on the science of learning around the world.

For more information about Pooja, visit and follow her on Twitter @poojaagarwal.


Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S.

Veteran K-12 Teacher,


Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. is passionate about student success using research-based strategies. As a veteran K–12 teacher, Patrice recently completed more than 25 years teaching social studies at a middle school in Illinois.

Patrice is the only teacher-author of the popular practice guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences. Patrice's teaching approaches have been featured on TV (PBS's NOVA), radio (NPR), popular press, and multiple books.

Patrice frequently presents professional development workshops throughout the United States. She has taught education courses at the graduate level, and she was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.

For more information about Patrice, visit and follow her on Twitter @patricebain1.