C.L.A.S.S. (Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization driven by creativity and innovation to enrich the quality of people's lives. Led by a faculty of extraordinary educators, C.L.A.S.S. develops exceptional educational services and materials to aid in preparing future generations for their world. C.L.A.S.S. was founded in 1989 by Barbara Pedersen, a nationally recognized leader in cognitive development and curriculum design and instruction. Since its inception, C.L.A.S.S. has served thousands of educators and administrators as a planning model in behavioral management, and curriculum design and delivery.
C.L.A.S.S. believes that given the proper support and guidance, that all people have the ability to be productive contributors to the world. It is the interdependence of leadership development and cognitive development that drives these abilities. How this action is conducted drives the C.L.A.S.S. mission, resources and services.
The C.L.A.S.S. philosophy is grounded in the belief that best teaching practices are based from the understanding of the human brain; a systemic understanding of human beings; and the interactions among human beings and the environment. The science of the brain has evolved significantly in the past decade and continues to do so. One reason is the growing intersections of findings from several disciplines including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, technology, creativity research, gifted research, and physics. Another is the newly developing science of brain imaging, which has rapidly accelerated our understanding of the brain and the human mind. Utilizing findings of research on brain-based learning, the C.L.A.S.S. Model has transformed entire school communities, weaving climate, community, and curriculum together in positive and purposeful ways.