Learning Together for Children’s Learning: An Interdisciplinary Convening

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Paris School of Economics & Collège de France, Paris, France
Children in an India classroom sit in a circle on the floor and play a math learning game.
Photo credit: Sandeep Singh, J-PAL

As the pace of student learning lags behind rates of enrollment globally, identifying innovative approaches to improve learning has become an increasingly important policy issue. One promising area of research examines how cognitive, social, and emotional skills are nurtured by and impact a child’s holistic education.  As evidenced by the work on the Math Games pedagogy by Esther Duflo and Elizabeth Spelke in India, important complementarities exist when these different disciplines are brought together to develop, adapt, test, and scale innovations. However, examples of cross-disciplinary learning are limited.


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The Learning Together for Children’s Learning (LTCL) convening aims to help fill this gap by matching researchers across disciplines to collaborate on promising experimental approaches to children’s learning (pre-primary through secondary school ages). J-PAL’s Foundations of Learning Initiative and the Innovation, Data, and Experiments in Education program are gathering researchers from economics, psychology, and other disciplines to:

  • highlight success stories from experts in different fields (see featured speakers list below)
  • kickstart new research partnerships across disciplines, and 
  • discuss and provide feedback on participants’ research, including completed projects, research designs, and new measurement ideas that are well-suited for including potential new coauthors.

The submission deadline for presenting at LTCL has closed and presenters have been notified.

The registration for attendance has also closed. 

We invite all to attend a subsequent public one-day conference Collège de France (June 20).



Getting to the venues:

Hotel Recommendations: For reasonable rates, we often recommend Hotel Terminus Orleans and Hotel Parc Montsouris near the Paris School of Economics. We also recommend Hotel Lion (20 minutes walk from PSE). 

About the Foundations of Learning Initiative

J-PAL's Foundations of Learning Initiative aims to highlight strategies that improve learning by creating more efficient measurement instruments, evaluating educational approaches in the laboratory and testing generalizable models in real world settings. By developing a network of interdisciplinary researchers in cognitive sciences, psychology, and economics, this initiative fills an important gap in the field of fundamental research. Interdisciplinary research teams should apply for this funding via the Learning for All Initiative.

About Innovation, Data and Experiments in Education

The Innovation, Data and Experiments in Education program helps education researchers produce actionable evidence in France by facilitating access to administrative data, providing research resources and measurement tools, and structuring partnerships with policymakers and practitioners. The IDEE programme is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) within the framework of the "Investissements d'avenir" (reference: ANR-21-ESRE-0034).


Esther Duflo, Director, J-PAL; President, Paris School of Economics; Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elizabeth (Liz) Spelke, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Hiro Yoshikawa, Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University Steinhardt School

Marc Gurgand, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics

Pascal Bressoux, Professor of Education Sciences, Université Grenoble Alpes

Karen Macours, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics

Sandra Andreu, Head of Office, French Ministry of National Education and Youth

Julien Grenet, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics

Stanislas Dehaene, Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Collège de France

Elise Huillery, Professor of Economics, University Paris Dauphine - PSL

African Scholars

J-PAL is invested in creating more opportunities for African researchers to develop and drive the research agenda on the African continent through the use of randomized evaluations. The African Scholars Program provides funding, mentorship, and training opportunities to African researchers. One of J-PAL’s education initiatives LAI currently offers this program and has recently funded the following African Scholars' research projects, which will be presented at the LTCL event for feedback.

Mohammed Mutaka Seidu, Researcher, Parliament House, Ghana

Toyin Samuel Olowogbon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Federal University Oye-Ekiti

Solomon Zena Walelign, Research Fellow, Ethiopian Policy Studies Institute 

Tukae Mbegalo, Lecturer and Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics Studies, Mzumbe University 

Jaah Mkupete, Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam


For any questions, please email [email protected].



Innovation, Data, and Experiments in Education logo next to the the France 2030 logo
The event is made possible by support from the Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation and the French National Research Agency (ANR) within the framework of the "Investissements d'avenir" (reference: ANR-21-ESRE-0034).