How the Brain Learns: Implications for Teaching

August 4 & October 21, 2022

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

$300 for individuals/$250 for groups of three or more from the same district

14 hours CTLE

WSWHE BOCES, Ballard Road Conference Center

Facilitator: Dr. Steve Danna

Participants will learn over the course of two sessions about brain research and the critical "how we learn'' principles that guide all elements of planning and instruction. We will explore the underpinnings of learning and retention, including information processing models, basic brain biology, neural pathways, anxiety and the classroom environment, time-retention models, brain development, and the various factors that shape students’ sense of self. Special attention in session one will be on Research-Based Instructional Strategies (RBIS), which participants will then apply when they return to the classroom. Session two will include new content and peer review activities to analyze and reflect on participants’ RBIS implementation. 


Essential Questions:

  • How does the brain learn?

  • How do we plan and teach with the student in mind? 

  • What factors influence learning and memory?

  • What does research say about brain development and gender differences? 

  • How can we create a nurturing classroom environment in this age of anxiety?