2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kristen Pilner Blair

Dr. Kristen Pilsner Blair
Dr. Kristen Pilner Blair

Kristen Blair, PhD, is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She is co-author of the book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them.

In addition to thinking about how to communicate learning science principles in ways that can help inform practice, her work focuses on improving STEM instruction and assessment in both formal and informal settings. Through several National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Science funded projects, Dr. Blair has collaborated with cross-institutional partners to develop new learning technologies and instructional materials, including computer environments to support science learning by having students take on the role of teachers, an environment that integrates computational thinking and physics through modeling, and a tablet based mathematics game.

The ABC's of How We Learn
Co-authored by Dr. Blair

She also examines fundamental learning questions, such as how students learn from both positive and negative feedback, and how the features of examples provided to students influence their effectiveness for learning. On the assumption that an important goal of education is to prepare students to continue learning once they leave the classroom, Dr. Blair also works to develop new models of assessment that look at not only the knowledge students develop as a result of a given learning experience, but also how well the experience has prepared them to continue learning in the domain.

Dr. Blair holds a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in Mathematical and Computational Science.