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Engage in intensive training on the topics of neuroscience applications in classrooms.

Cost: $695 per person through May 28, 2021 and $795 per person after May 28, 2021
Save $100 per person when registering a group of 3 or more.

Join Us for This Online Summer Institute

From June 28 - July 2, 2021, Learning & the Brain is offering an online Summer Institute.

Join us for an engaging training on the topics of attention, emotion, memory, and executive functions, and their applications to teaching strategies.

This introductory level Institute will focus on neuroscience applications to teaching and learning, and examine ways to develop student engagement, emotional self-management, sustained effort, durable understanding, and top-down executive functions such as organization, planning, decision-making, critical analysis, and creative thinking.

Through lectures and facilitated discussion, participants in this course will explore neuro-logical approaches to understanding and meeting the academic, social, emotional, and executive function skills students need. As an introductory level course, this Institute does not address specific learning differences. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 50 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • PreK-12 Teachers, Administrators
  • Teacher Educators
  • College, University Professors

At This Institute, You Will:

  • Use insights from neuroscience to engage and maintain student attention and focus
  • Examine ways to ignite student motivation and engagement
  • Reflect on interventions for building students’ understanding of their brains and learning processes
  • Explore strategies for improving emotional awareness and self-management
  • Apply the compelling video game model of individual achievable challenge levels and incremental progress to increase student effort and perseverance
  • Explore tools for helping students make successful memory links between new input and prior knowledge
  • Consider experiences for creating enduring memories and concept understanding
  • Develop strategies for building executive functions across the curriculum to develop students' skills of attention, focus, emotional self-management, organization, judgment, critical thinking, and creative, flexible problem solving


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.

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 857-444-1500 ext. 1.