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Engage in intensive training on the topics of executive functions and memory that have applications in classrooms.

Cost: $795 per person/ $695 per person for groups of 3 or more

Join Us For This Online Summer Institute


From July 20-24, 2020, Learning & the Brain is offering an online Summer Institute.

This institute will provide insight into how the brain’s neural networks for executive function go through an accelerated phase of development during a child’s school years, and how these developing executive function networks can be strengthened. You will explore what neuroscience research reveals about how the brain constructs physical links between new information and prior knowledge to successfully capture and retain learning. The institute will include topics on the development of attention, focus, emotional self-management, organization, prioritization, judgment, critical thinking, and creative, flexible problem solving, and provides you with ready-to-use relevant classroom strategies. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • PreK-12 Teachers, Administrators
  • School Psychologists and School Clinicians
  • Education Professors and College Professors

At This Institute, You Will:

  • Evaluate the executive functions from the perspective of neuroscience
  • Develop strategies for building executive functions across the curriculum
  • Learn to maximize students’ skills of attention, focus, emotional self-management, organization, judgment, critical thinking, and creative, flexible problem solving
  • Deepen your understanding of how our brains turn information into memory
  • Understand why linking new learning to existing patterns is a key to building strong memories
  • Explore tools for helping students make successful memory links between new input and prior knowledge
  • Consider experiences for creating enduring memories through multisensory learning, narratives, and metacognition


About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Judy Willis and assisted by Malana Willis. You will be offered an intensive professional development experience, drawing on findings in affective and social neuroscience. The Institute emphasizes executive skills and memory and retention, and their roles in learning and student achievement.

This program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to responsibly apply neuroscience and cognitive science findings to the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. 


About Dr. Judy Willis

Judy Willis, MD, MEd, combined her 15 years as a board-certified practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. Dr. Willis has written ten books and more than 100 articles about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies. Her most recent book is Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from Neuroscience and the Classroom, Revised and Expanded Edition (2020). Dr. Willis is adjunct faculty at Williams College, and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting while continuing to write books and staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, Psychology Today, and The Guardian.

About Malana Willis

Malana Willis, MEd, has taught elementary school across the grade levels in Oakland and Santa Barbara, California. She taught at the American School of Bilbao in Spain and worked at the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Master of Arts degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA in psychology from Williams College. Ms. Willis presents annually at the Learning and the Brain summer institute in Santa Barbara, CA and has been writing and presenting with her mother, Dr. Judy Willis on the neuroscience of learning since 2010. Their most recent book is Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from Neuroscience and the Classroom, Revised and Expanded Edition (2020).

Professional Development Credit:

Earn up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 781-449-4010 ext. 2.