Brain Research Update: Science & Strategies for Energizing Your Instruction

Janet Zadina

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Janet Zadina Presents: Brain Research Update: Science & Strategies for Energizing Your Instruction

The last 20 years have seen a big change in what we know about how the brain learns.  From researching rats in the lab, neuroscience has advanced to imaging brains while students are in a real classroom.  Discover if what you believe about the brain and learning is still true with a fun activity. Then learn about recent findings along with strategies for application on brains of children of poverty, second language learners, and traumatized students. Discover how to increase engagement and connection as we sample some of the most credible research presented by a former teacher turned neuroscientist.

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Janet Zadina

A determination to better understand learners’ struggles led high school and community college teacher Dr. Janet Zadina to an interest in neuroimaging studies of dyslexia. Pursuing that interest, she became a neuroscientist, conducting MRI research into dyslexia in the Department of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in cognitive neuroscience. Today, Dr. Zadina is an internationally renowned speaker, consultant, and author. She is known for her extraordinary ability to debunk popular myths about the brain while keeping educators aware of credible brain research. The Society for Neuroscience honored her with the 2011 Science Educator Award for making significant contributions to public education and raising awareness of neuroscience through her powerful conference presentations and transformational workshops. She is the author of reading and learning textbooks for students as well as professional development books for teachers, including Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain, and is co-founder of the Butterfly Project, a project designed to help teachers who have experienced natural disasters. Among her many honors, she has been named as a Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations. She gives presentations to faculty on teaching and learning with anxiety, stress, and trauma and on Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain: Science and Strategies. Learn more at