dr-wilson-deskImprove Teaching, Learning, and Leading
in Your District or State!


International presenter and best-selling author Dr. Donna Wilson will give your educators dynamic keynotes and professional development based on her many books and on graduate programs she has co-developed in brain-based teaching, learning, and leading.

Most importantly, she will help educators enhance their classroom and school-based practice by personally modeling practical strategies she has shared with more than 75,000 educators in 35 states across the U.S. and various international sites. Her research-based professional development framework grew out of an innovative three-year Florida Department of Education project that received a prestigious Annenberg Challenge Grant Award through Florida Atlantic University.


Donna Wilson, PhD

Dr. Wilson’s Dynamic
Keynotes and Workshops

BrainSMART® Science and Strategies for Increasing Student Learning

Experience a powerful introduction to the Wilson and Conyers BrainSMART process for effective teaching. Discover how brain and student achievement research has been translated into practical principles you can apply to help all students achieve at higher levels. Leave with ideas and stragies you can apply right away. (Features principles from 60 Strategies for Increasing Student Learning)

Tools for BrainSMART Reading: Strategies for Increasing Reading Achievement

Learn how current research on the brain and reading is providing powerful insights as to how educators can help all students increase literacy achievement. In this practical workshop, research-based principles for effective reading instruction are shared and practical strategies are modeled that teachers can apply right away in their own classrooms. (Features principles from 60 Strategies for Increasing Student Learning)

Brain-Based Leading: The New Science of Leading for Results

Learn how breakthroughs in educational neuroscience and leadership effectiveness are revealing powerful insights as to how today’s teacher leaders and administrators can achieve more with less. Find out what effective leaders do differently to increase student learning. In this dynamic workshop, participants will learn practical strategies they can apply right away to make a positive impact in schools, classrooms, and in life. (Features principles from Smarter Teacher Leadership)

Here’s What Educators Are Saying About Dr. Wilson’s Presentations


“Donna’s dynamic workshops give teachers specific strategies that actually help students achieve at higher levels. This training is great! My staff loves BrainSMART.”

Jeanne Zehr, Principal, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

“This is a powerful presentation for policy makers and education leaders who wish to improve the academic outcomes of all students by connecting research and theory to practice. We would recommend Dr. Donna Wilson for future speaking engagements, and we look forward to reading more of her work.”

Deborah S. Adams, President, National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education

Most Recent News and Events

Donna Wilson Will Present Unique Teacher
Leadership Model at NAFEPA Pre-Conference…
Read the release here.

Donna Wilson To Discuss POWER of Teacher Leaders
At National Title I Conference…Read the release here.

Donna Wilson To Discuss POWER of Purposeful Collaboration At
ASCD Annual Conference…
Read the release here.

Engaging Brains: Science and Strategies for Effective Teaching and Leading, Webinar for Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence…Watch the webinar here.

Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers’ Resources on the Web


Donna’s Blog: Mind, Brain, Learning, & Teaching With Donna Wilson, PhD

Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids about Neuroplasticity, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia

Brain Movies: When Readers Picture It, They Understand It, blog post by Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers on Edutopia





Texts Used in Dr. Wilson’s



60 Strategies for Increasing Student Learning

This book is for busy teachers who want to increase student learning while instilling a love of learning. Forget mind-numbing rote drills and test prep. Start using the BrainSMART approach we have shared with more than 5,000 students… READ MORE

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STL BookSmarter Teacher Leadership

This pioneering book shares a fresh vision for school leadership that connects current knowledge from mind, brain, and adult learning research to the process of teacher development and leadership. The authors provide clear steps to enable and inspire teachers to embrace leadership and collaboration opportunities for improving instruction and student outcomes, and increasing professional satisfaction… READ MORE

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Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

This book, published in conjunction with ASCD, empowers teachers with a practical and motivational approach toward metacognition that will help all students become better learners… READ MORE


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Positively SmarterPositively Smarter

Positively Smarter brings together seven principles for connecting the science of neuroplasticity to practical strategies for enhancing the synergy of happiness, achievement, and physical well-being. Moving beyond common myths… READ MORE

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 flourishing-in-the-first-five-years-coverFlourishing in the First Five Years

This book for early childhood educators, caregivers, and parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers explores how exciting and practical findings from mind, brain, and education research can be applied to help every child flourish in his or her early years and be ready to thrive on the first day of school—and every day thereafter… READ MORE

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 5bi-new-coverFive Big Ideas for Effective Teaching

As new standards aim to align educational outcomes with 21st-century college and work expectations, the goal of teaching expands from transmitting basic facts to developing cognitive skills that equip students to achieve more of their unique potential. This seminal book focuses on five essential and interrelated concepts… READ MORE

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cl-booksCourageous Learners

This BrainSMART text explores the neurobiological and environmental challenges facing children at risk for academic failure and offers practical instructional strategies to support student success in school and in life… READ MORE

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