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The science of learning (SoL) is a multidisciplinary combination of research that ranges from the very basic cellular and molecular science of how an organism learns; to how children and adolescents use their brains, bodies, and sociality to learn best in cultures and classrooms; to methods for augmenting and restoring the capacity to learn. For more than a decade, various research institutions across the world have advanced this multidisciplinary work, which has broad implications for practitioners and policymakers. Creating a collaborative infrastructure to join the various existing SoL networks would maximize worldwide implementation of science-based strategies to meet the learning needs of students. To begin planning this type of global collaborative, leaders from the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC), the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), and the National Public Education Support Fund (NPESF) convened forty-seven participants to explore a vision for a Global Science of Learning Network (GSLN). The event, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, and NPESF, included scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropists from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Through interactive planning and design sessions with an expert facilitator, the participants crafted a shared vision for the GSLN. Involving four key agents of change?scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropists?was key to create an action plan to devise a collaborative network for augmenting learning and education on a global scale. All four groups agreed on the goals and merits of such a global effort and that the venture should proceed. With this acknowledgment, event participants were charged with identifying the highest common factors of agreement among the four groups and delineating concerns around the function and scope of the GSLN. The group identified the following recommendations for the formation of the GSLN: 1. The global SoL network should represent a nexus of synergistic organizations aimed at using science to improve the quality of children?s learning opportunities, yet not evolve into an organization that would compete with existing groups. It is vital to build a more inclusive global network with representation from a broader set of SoL initiatives, particularly from nations not previously involved. The network also should include a balanced representation of scientists, practitioners, and policymakers with a great diversity of expertise and should build new engagement with others, such as medical providers, parents, students, business leaders, and community organizations, not typically included in SoL initiatives.2. The next phase of science and research should be designed collaboratively with policy and practice experts to maximize understanding about the practices that improve the well-being, learning, and mastery for different groups of students. SoL research received a significant financial investment to establish the infrastructure for a research-focused network. Similar investment in practitioner and policymaker networks devoted to SoL will be necessary to build a more balanced effort that results in wide-scale testing, feedback, analysis, appropriate modification, customized adoption, and implementation of what is known in SoL.3. The global network needs to focus on policy and practice implementation of SoL findings. For the science that has been adequately tested in context, existing SoL research should be implemented now while further science continues to provide a more nuanced understanding of how people learn and develop. The creation of SoL consensus statements would facilitate application by clarifying and succinctly communicating key findings to policy, practice, and philanthropic audiences. Here, the scientists appropriately are cautious in wanting only topropagate that which has been tested adequately rather than hypothesized.4. The global network should collaborate with the funding community to allow for increased investment to enable all members of the SoL global community to participate in the GSLN. A global network that incorporates different views, various cultural approaches, and global scientific institutions collectively can align a greater set of scientific resources for application to common issues. Additionally, an opportunity exists to train members of each community to bridge areas of SoL research, policy, and practice to develop a more integrated and informed human infrastructure.5. The network should increase infrastructure for collaborating, sharing, and joining communities of experts to expand activities and attain milestones and goals. This infrastructure should support the implementation of well-delineated projects that immediately contribute to children?s learning and very structured, large-scale ventures while still maintaining the agility to support creative, interdisciplinary team-based projects.As the next step, it has been proposed that an interim working group be organized to clarify how the GSLN could provide the most value, identify the strategic and tactical issues of building the GSLN, and determine how to maximize the impact of all sectors. The working group will involve additional scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropists from around the world. Once the working group identifies the needed objectives for the GSLN, it will (1) develop a proposed structure, budget, and timeline for the network; (2) identify an executive body, staffing needs, potential partners, and prospective funders to target for financial support; and (3) outline a plan for including participants from additional countries in the network. Representatives of the GSLN community will review this proposal, determine action items, and commit to a time frame and tasks for advancing the network. Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and former president of All4Ed, has offered to serve as interim coordinator for the GSLN. Wise stepped down from his position as CEO/president of All4Ed as of January 31, 2019. The ultimate beneficiaries will be the generations of youth throughout the world who will gain a superior learning and https://kids.frontiersin.orgeducation experience informed by SoL research.