MassCUE is excited to present our CUEByte Speakers
Thursday, October 20, 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
It’s OK to Say “They”

Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal


Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. (@RetrieveLearn) is a cognitive scientist, conducting research on how students learn since 2005. She is the author of the book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians.

Dr. Agarwal’s research has been published in leading academic journals; highlighted by The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, and Education Week; and recognized by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Agarwal is also the Founder of, a source of research-based teaching strategies for more than 20,000 teachers around the world. Her love of learning formed at the outset of her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.

Learn more about Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal at:


Dr. Christy Whittlesey

Christy Whittlesey, Ph.D. (she/her) has been an educator for 20 years. She received her Ph.D. with a focus on Educational Research and Evaluation and was awarded an “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for her work researching the educational experiences of transgender and nonbinary students.

Christy regularly collaborates with school districts and leads professional development and program evaluation to support gender-friendly schools where all students and staff can thrive. Her first book, It’s Ok to Say “They”: Tips for Educator Allies of Transgender and Nonbinary Students, is a fund-raising book supporting the San Diego PRIDE Organization Youth Programs, and was a 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Program medal winner.

Christy’s second book, The Beginner’s Guide to Being a Trans Ally (a fund-raising book supporting the Gender Reveal Podcast Grant and Mutual Aid Program), expands upon the ideas in her first book to explore how cisgender folks can strive to create more equitable, inclusive, and diverse communities that benefit us all.

Learn more and explore free resources for schools at Christy’s Website,


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