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This webinar will use Zoom. 

This webinar will run from 12:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET / 9:00 am - 12:15 pm PT on Saturday, October 3, 2020 for a total of 3 credit hours.

Why are teenagers so marvelously adolescent? In this webinar, you will explore current brain research to explain the cognitive and emotional development in middle and high school students. Through the field of neuroscience, you will explore neural networks and myelination to better understand teenage thinking and feeling. From the field of psychology, you will consider the importance of working memory, self-control, attention, and motivation – and their key differences in teenagers. These scientific explorations will help inform your teaching practice and offer practical classroom strategies—for both face-to-face and online teaching. This webinar will explore such issues as: the trajectory of teenage cognitive development, especially working memory, long-term memory, processing speed, and self-control; research into sleep and the unique sleep needs and schedules of adolescents, as well as their implications for current school schedules; and the benefits and detriments of adolescents' technology use and impacts of distraction, including from academic technology, social media, and video games. You will leave this webinar with a deeper understanding of adolescent brains and minds, and better ways to serve them in school.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the neural changes behind adolescent emotional development, especially the “imbalance hypothesis”
  • Outline the trajectory of teenage cognitive development, especially working memory, long-term memory, processing speed, and self-control
  • Enhance students' self-control with research-supported strategies
  • Realign teaching strategies, school policies, and daily schedules to fit with teenage brain development and learning
  • Explain the benefits and detriments of adolescents technology use, including academic technology, social media, and video games


This webinar is applicable for 6-12 teachers of all disciplines, academic administrators, instructional leaders, learning specialists, and middle school and high school counselors.




Andrew Watson, MA, EdM, has been connecting brain research with teachers and schools for over a decade. A one-time dean of faculty, and an award-winning teacher with 16 years of experience, Andrew Watson presents nationally and internationally on the classroom uses of neuroscience and psychology research. He is the President of Translate the Brain—an educational consultancy. He is also the author of Learning Begins (2017), Learning Grows (2019), and editor of the LEARNING & the BRAIN® blog.