Todd Rose is the director of the Mind, Brain, & Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual. His work is focused at the intersection of the science of individuality and the practice of personalization in education. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Individual Opportunity (C.I.O.), a nonprofit organization that promotes the principles of individuality in work, school, and society.
Todd was born and raised in northern Utah. After dropping out of high school, he obtained his G.E.D. and started attending night classes at a local college. He eventually received his doctorate in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Todd wrote The End of Average, in which he argues that no one is “average” and promotes design paradigms that accommodate individual differences rather than statistical averages. Todd’s research endeavors have become widely renowned, and his talks have been featured at SXSW, TedX, Google, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and Apple.