Founding Co-Directors

Pioneers in teaching, learning research and education

James Pellegrino

James is a founding co-director of Learning Sciences Research Institute, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, and Distinguished Professor of Education. His research and development interests focus on children’s and adult’s thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice.


Susan Goldman

Susan is a founding co-director of UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute, and a distinguished professor of psychology and education in UIC’s College of Liberal arts and Sciences. She conducts research on subject matter learning, instruction, assessment, and on roles for technology, especially in literacy and mathematics.