Education for Persistence and Innovation Center

Education for Persistence and Innovation Center (EPIC) 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.

Dr. Xiaodong Lin-Siegler

Professor of Educational Psychology
Founding Director of Education for Persistence and Innovation Center (EPIC)
Teachers College, Columbia University

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 one-on-one 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 of what works and does not work to help inform policymakers across the world.

EPIC is located at Teachers College, Columbia University