Education for Persistence and Innovation Center

EPIC (Education for Persistence and Innovation Center) is a global interdisciplinary research center at Teachers College, Columbia University dedicated to figuring out how to turn failure into success.   We use techniques from cognitive science, social cultural psychology, neuropsychology, oral history and education to study the critical role that failure plays as a catalyst for learning, innovation, and career development.

EPIC’s Mission and Vision

  • Improve people’s ability to handle setbacks and undesirable situations, regardless of their backgrounds, socioeconomic status or intellect, in ways that increase creativity, innovation and problem solving skills
  • Develop new theories about failure and understand what makes people succeed and achieve in a wide variety of domains (e.g. schools, businesses, sports, scientific research, and personal lives, etc. )
  • Bring together Western and Eastern educational leaders in research projects,  live meetings, webinars, and 1:1 interactions to tackle the educational challenges facing our society
  • Design instructional materials that will help students, educators, parents, coaches and businesses better prepare themselves to overcome future obstacles
  • Use our findings about what works and does not work to help inform policy makers across the world.

EPIC is located Located at Teachers College, Columbia University

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