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Wilson and Conyers Discuss Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains on CoffeED
Nov. 18, 2016—Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers discussed their latest book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, on CoffeED, an online interview program focused on education and learning. Read more.
Wilson and Conyers Discuss New Book on Metacogntion on BAM Radio Network
OCT. 11, 2016—Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers discussed their latest book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, on the BAM Radio Network. Read more.
Wilson and Conyers Discuss Metacognition in Popular Publication, Education Week
OCT. 11, 2016—Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers had the opportunity to share insights into their groundbreaking work on metacognition in an article published by the popular and highly regarded publication, Education Week. Read more.
Wilson and Conyers’ Pioneering New Book Focus on Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Ideas
JUNE 14, 2016—Research suggests that metacognition is key to higher student achievement, but studies of classroom practice indicate that few students are taught to use metacognition and the supporting cognitive strategies that make learning easier. Professional developers and educational researchers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers delve into this subject matter in their pioneering new book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, published in conjunction with ASCD. Read more.
Donna Wilson Discusses POWER of Purposeful Collaboration at ASCD Annual Conference
APRIL 27, 2016—Donna Wilson, a renowned author and leader in improving student learning by connecting the implications of mind, brain, and education research to educational practice, spoke at the 2016 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, that took place April 2-4, 2016, in Atlanta, Ga. Read more.
Donna Wilson Presents Seminal Teacher Leadership odel at NAFEPA Pre-Conference
MARCH 30, 2016—Donna Wilson, a renowned author and leader in improving student learning by connecting the implications of mind, brain, and education research to educational practice, recently shared insights into the POWER of teacher leadership at the 2016 National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators’ Conference. The exciting event took place March 13-16 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. . Read More.
Past Press Releases:
Donna Wilson Discusses POWER of Teacher Leaders At National Title I Conference
Donna Wilson Speaks at the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference
Donna Wilson Will Present Unique Teacher Leadership Model at NAFEPA Pre-Conference
Donna Wilson To Speak at 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference
Donna Wilson To Discuss POWER of Purposeful Collaboration At
ASCD Annual Conference
Donna Wilson To Discuss POWER of Teacher Leaders At National Title I Conference
Donna Wilson at CASC President’s Leadership Class
Donna Wilson to Highlight Positively Smarter at Carl Albert State College
Donna Wilson To Lead Webinar for Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
Marcus Conyers Interviewed by Cambridge 105 in the UK
“Positively Smarter” by Conyers and Wilson Launches in the U.S.
Marcus Conyers (co-developer with Donna Wilson of a graduate degree program that focuses on brain-based teaching) to Present on Living a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle in Rollins College Lecture Series
Donna Wilson to Keynote at Brain-Based Conference in Jamaica
Wilson and Conyers Present on the Effectiveness of Graduate Degree Programs in Brain-Based Teaching
Align Educational Policy with the Science of Learning, Wilson Tells Early Childhood Educators
Donna Wilson Stresses the Importance of Early Childhood Education Programs at ASCD Annual Conference
Donna Wilson Presents Reading Strategies at Early Literacy Spring Symposium in Georgia
Donna Wilson to Discuss “Wiring the Brain to Read” at Early Literacy Spring Symposium in Georgia
Donna Wilson to Discuss “Flourishing in the First Five Years” at ASCD Annual Conference
Conference Presentation Offers a Positive Approach to Successful Common Core Implementation
Wilson and Conyers Present a Pioneering Paper on Mind, Brain, and Education at International Gathering at Leiden University, The Netherlands
Wilson and Conyers Share Graduate Program’s Successes at AERA Presentation
Authors Wilson and Conyers Present on ‘Five Big Ideas’ in the Netherlands
Donna Wilson to Participate in Live Q&A Sessions at Five Big Ideas Book Club Gatherings or Discussion Groups
Conyers Talks ‘Five Big Ideas’ on Alvin Jones Radio Program
Latest Book Reviews & Accolades:
Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice
Book of the Month Review, P21 Blog, Jim Bellanca:
Excerpt: “When it comes to the research-based practices that have the biggest impact on students, this book serves as a powerful primer. Novices will be able to weed out other type of practices, many obsolete, which don’t have research support; experienced teachers will be able to review their own instructional repertoire, clean out the closet, as it were, and add new insights to their instructional wardrobes. Principals and professional developers will want this book in their reference libraries and parents will find it a solid source for helping their own children learn more effectively.” Read full review here.
Teaching History, A Journal of Methods, Vol. XXXVIII, No.2, Fall 2013, Book Review, Star Nance, University of Central Missouri:
Excerpt: “Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice reminds educators that they alone are the biggest difference in how well students learn. This declaration is especially important because schools and educators face challenges that go beyond the core of traditional schooling. Students in the twenty-first century need more practice at critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills to function in their vocation and personal lives. … This text is well-written and researched. I would recommend it to any professor, teacher, or administrator trying to improve instruction.” Read full review here.
UK-based Times Higher Education
The prestigious Times Higher Education, a London-based weekly magazine that is regarded as a global authority on higher education, has included Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching (Teachers College Press, 2013) on its list of suggested textbooks for the education field. Read more.
Teaching Theology & Religion, Vol. 17, Issue 2, April 2014 Reviewed by Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio Campus:
“Authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers are convinced that, more than curriculum, facilities, or socioeconomic factors, effective teachers make ‘the biggest difference in how well and how much students learn’ (2). The book aims ‘to present a practical guide to some of the most essential implications of mind, brain, and education research that teachers can use to increase their understanding of how students learn and to explore ways to enhance student achievement.’ (3). To this end, Wilson and Conyers are exceedingly successful.” Full review accessible at the link.
Wilson on the Web
Wilson: My Professional Odyssey With Critical Thinking (P21) Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It (Edutopia) Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain (Edutopia) Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning By Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity (Edutopia) Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management (Edutopia) Wilson: Revisiting Beliefs About Learning Potential and the 4Cs (P21)