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Celebrating 15 years

Research on the Impact of Graduate Degrees with Majors in Brain-Based Teaching (BrainSMART Programs)

The year 2016 marks 15 years of positive results from the pioneering graduate degree programs with majors in Brain-Based Teaching with Nova Southeastern University. The story of BrainSMART’s development of these graduate degrees provides useful insights into what has made them so beneficial to teachers and their students. Almost 3,000 educators from across the United States and around the world have enrolled in these programs from 2001 to 2016.

The 1990s, proclaimed by the U.S. President and Congress as “the Decade of the Brain,” ended with a landmark report from the National Research Council on How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Around that time, not far from the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a team led by educational and school psychologist Dr. Donna Wilson was developing pioneering teacher education programs that connected the implications of mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice. The team worked across the United States with thousands of K-12 students sharing and refining learning and thinking strategies and then with tens of thousands of educators in dozens of states and districts. …



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