About – Newton_Street_Study_Group



Newton Street. The Newton Street Study Group is an education projects company located in Seattle, WA. 

We teach, research, design, edit and curate learning experiences.  Our focus is learning skills acquisition and performance. Founded in 1993, we are employed by students, institutions and businesses.

Newton Street engineers content, strategy and facilitation for campaigns, programs and projects within our domain. Drawing on over 20-years of groundbreaking experience in the application of neuro-cognitive and pedagogical research, Newton Street supports a variety of applied learning and critical thinking assignments that require high levels of intellectual function and insight. 


If you want to learn, there are many new tools, platforms and groups offering help outside of the traditional classroom. 

But with independence comes responsibility. As learning opportunity increases, so does the burden on the learner. It’s now your job to drive your own learning. To take independent action and show a sense of responsibility for your own education. Colleges and universities have developed intellectual curiosity scales and grit scores to differentiate among this new brand of highly qualified students. 

At the same time, major studies from the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard’s Berkman Center reveal that most students lack the search skills necessary to find or to judge resources. As students turn to online and digital resources for their learning, says the study, they go without traditional gatekeepers, guides and coaches. 

Until Now.


With Better Views. And Fewer Bumps.

Many students get caught up in low efficiency study habits:

too much time,
not enough intensity.

Doing more does not necessarily mean doing better. 

Relax. Get to know how your brain handles information and get better results from your learning. 

Reframe. Understand the role of stress in performance and learn to use its energy to propel you forward. 

Redirect. Throw out your old map. The way you describe yourself to yourself, influences how you learn. Many students self-sabotage because they lack information about what is normal in the learning process. link

21st Century Skills for 21st Century Learners

Your conscious mind plays only a part in your decision making, problem solving, creative writing and thinking. 

Search and evaluation are skills

Search and evaluation are vital components of digital literacy that can and a student’s power to perform and to self-direct her own learning.

How to catalyze learning

Deliberately practice with brain-based insights into the ways your brain learns best.

Use the best resources: books, media, materials, people, programs​.

Focus outside of yourself: create meaningful results for others and with others​​.


Fritz Engebretsen. Founding Partner. 

Master Teacher. Metacognitive researcher and mathematician who designs coursework in reasoning, learning, mathematics and the natural sciences for students at Newton Street. His research commitments to learning theory and the cognitive sciences inform his learning-style sensitive approaches to mastery of advanced concepts and to support autonomous learning. 

Fritz is the co-designer of the Newton Street’s Paideuma, a 12 week exercise in memory, attention and concentration skills with core rhetoric and composition practices. Each student of the Paideuma learns to read more flexibly, question more inventively and reason more clearly.

Fritz’s ongoing research interests in uncertainty analysis, complexity theory and realtime data analytics influence his work at Newton Street with clients who require clear models of dynamic and complex real world problems in the natural sciences and in finance. 

Fritz holds degrees with concentrations in Mathematics from Reed College and Harvard University. He is a member of Microsoft’s Core Quant and Technical Computing advisory groups.

Pamela Moore. Founding Partner. 

Master Teacher. Connected Learner.  Took the first MOOC ever. Really! Check it here. Pamela designs content, researches, edits, writes and teaches for Newton Street. She designed, planted and manages a Patrick Blanc inspired vertical wall irrigated by a rain barrel. Drew a book. Wrote this website and others. Pam seeks to teach others by setting an example of an adult who never stops learning and never stops trying to get better at it.

Creative Educational Design. Social historian James Burke maintains that invention is less the work of isolated inspiration than it is the reordering,  adaption and association of existing ideas to new circumstances. We solve problems by inspired bricolage—a hobbling together of new tools from whatever is at hand. Pamela’s creative process is no different. The materials available to create educational tools are wildly rich: neurocognitive psychology insights, Greek rhetoric and heuristics, literature, music, film, digital archives and old comedy routines. The juxtaposition of material provides endless opportunities for play and association.  

Pamela holds a dual degree in Philosophy and Classics from Colgate University. She was trained, but is no longer certified, as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.