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Selected Publications and Presentations

 

Selected Publications

Conyers, M. A. (2015). Innovating minds: What students need for the future. In D. Moursund & R. Sylwester (Eds.), Education for students’ futures (pp. 84–89). Eugene, OR: Information Age Education.

Conyers, M. A., & Wilson, D. L. (2015). Positively smarter: Science and strategies for increasing happiness, achievement, and well-being. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Conyers, M. A., & Wilson, D. L. (2015, May). Smart moves: Powering up the brain with physical activity. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(8), 38-42. doi: 10.1177/0031721715583961

Conyers, M. A., & Wilson, D. L. (2016). Smarter teacher leadership: Neuroscience and the power of purposeful collaboration. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Wilson, D. L. (1995, Fall). Some thoughts on achieving equity in education. The Reporter, 14.

Wilson, D. L. (2011). The importance of educational leadership and policy: In support of effective instruction. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED523494)

Wilson, D. L. (1996). The school psychologist as co-teacher: An example using the COGNET program as a means of teaching thinking skills. Journal of Cognitive Education, 5, 171–183.

Wilson, D. L. (1996). The school psychologist as co-teacher and staff developer: A shift in thinking. NASP Communique, 33–34.

Wilson, D. L. (2012). Training the mind’s eye: ‘Brain movies’ support comprehension and recall. The Reading Teacher. doi: 10.1002.TRTR01091  

Wilson, D. L., & Bellanca, J. (1998). Mediated learning in and out of the classroom training manual. Arlington Heights, IL: SkyLight.

Wilson, D. L., & Church, S. (1993). Norman public schools three-year study of at-risk students. Research for Better Schools Teaching Thinking and Problem Solving, 15(1), 6–8.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2010). Administrator’s workbook for increasing student achievement: BrainSMART strategies for leading and teaching. Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2011). BrainSMART 60 strategies for increasing student learning (4th ed.). Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2009). BrainSMART health wise (2nd ed.). Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2010). Courageous learners: Increasing student achievement in diverse learning communities (3rd ed.). Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2013). Five big ideas for effective teaching: Connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2013). Flourishing in the first five years: Connecting implications from mind, brain, and education research to the development of young children. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (In press). Teaching students to drive their brains: Strategies, activities, and lesson Ideas. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014, October). The boss of my brain. Educational Leadership, 72(2). Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct14/vol72/num02/%C2%A3The-Boss-of-My-Brain%C2%A3.aspx

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014). The five new cognitive complexities that teachers confront. In R. Sylwester & D. Moursund (Eds.), Understanding and mastering complexity (pp. 80–83). Eugene, OR: Information Age Education.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2011). Thinking for results: Strategies for increasing student achievement by as much as 30 percent (4th ed.). Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2010). Wiring the brain to read: Brain-based differentiated reading instruction. Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2010). Wiring the brain to read: Higher-order thinking for reading. Orlando, FL: BrainSMART.

Wilson, D. L., Conyers, M. A., & Rose, K. D. (2015, Fall). Rethinking learning potential: How instruction on brain plasticity, intelligence, and metacognition boosts academic outcomes. Independent School, 13(1).

Wilson, D. L., & Greenberg, K. (2000). The COGNET education model. In A. Costa (Ed.), Teaching for intelligence II. Arlington Heights, IL: SkyLight.

Selected Presentations

ASCD Annual Conference, Presentation “Mind, Brain, and Teacher Leadership: The Power of Purposeful Collaboration” Atlanta, Georgia, 2016

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Annual Conference Pre-conference Presentation “Taking Effective Instruction to Scale through the POWER of the Mind, Brain, and Teacher Leadership Model “ Washington DC, 2016

Title I Annual Conference, Presentation “Improving Instruction Through the POWER of the Mind, Brain, and Teacher Leadership Model” Houston, Texas, 2016

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Annual Conference, Presentation "Active Teaching and Learning: An Introduction to BrainSMART," Orlando, Florida, 2015

Carl Albert State College, President’s Leadership Class Presentation "Getting the Best from Your Brain," Poteau, Oklahoma, 2015

Rollins College Center for Health Innovation Health Forum Series, Presentation “Living a Brain Healthy Lifestyle,” Winter Park, Florida, 2015

Jamaica Teachers Association Annual Conference, Presentation "Introduction to BrainSMART Teaching Methods," Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2015

Inaugural Conference on Implementation Science, “Implementing Implementation Science: The Science of Making Interventions Effective in Real-World Contexts,” Paper Presentation “Program Designed with Implementation in Mind: Investigating the Impact of Graduate Studies Focused on Applications of the Emerging Science of Learning,” University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 2014

Second Annual Roundtable for State Early Childhood Specialists "Excellence for Every Child: Improving the Quality of Teaching Birth Through Grade Three," Keynote Presentation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014

ASCD Annual Conference, Presentation "Flourishing in the First Five Years: Plasticity, Nutrition, and Movement," Los Angeles, California, 2014

Learning Forward Annual Conference, Presentation "Toward Joyful Implementation of Common Core State Standards" (with Diane Dahl), Dallas, Texas, 2013

International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology, XIVth Biennial International Conference, Paper Presentation "Connecting Five Big Ideas from Cognitive, Brain, and Education Research to Teacher Education" (with Marcus Conyers), Leiden, The Netherlands, 2013

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, "Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis," Paper Presentation "Exploring the Impact of a Graduate Degree Program Connecting the Implications of Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Teaching and Learning," San Francisco, California, 2013

American Educational Research Association Sixteenth Roundtable of the International Network on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Paper Presentation "Improving Students’ Health and Cognitive Skills: An Examination of the Impact of Education, Mind, and Brain Research on Teachers’ Interactions with Parents," Vancouver, British Columbia, 2012

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Presentation “BrainSMART Strategies for Increasing Student Learning,” St. Augustine, Florida, 2012

Nova Southeastern University Conference on Global Leadership, Learning, & Research, Invited Presentation “Putting Education, Mind, and Brain Research Into Practice,” Orlando, Florida, 2012

National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Convention, Invited Extended Learning Presentation, “BrainSMART Leading for Learning: Keys to Increasing Student Achievement,” Seattle, Washington, 2012

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual "Imagine the Impact: Providing a Learning Journey for All" Meeting, Paper Presentation (with Mary Buday) "Strengthening Teacher Effectiveness with Implications from Neuroeducation: A Qualitative Study of K-12 Teachers Focusing on Higher Needs Students," Chicago, Illinois, 2012

International Educational Organization, “The Brain in Education” Third Annual International Education Symposium, Invited Presentation “BrainSMART Strategies for Boosting Learning,” Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2011

National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Convention, Invited Extended Learning Presentation, “BrainSMART Leading for Learning: Keys to Increasing Student Achievement,” Tampa, Florida, 2011

International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, Paper Presentation “Preliminary Results from a Qualitative Study of Teachers: Using an Education, Mind, and Brain Framework for Enhancing Instruction in K-12 Classrooms,” Boston, Massachusetts, 2011

National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Convention, Invited Focus Group Session for Mentor Coaches Using BrainSMART Methodology, Tampa, Florida, 2011

South African Principals’ Association, Keynote Address “Critical Transformations for South African Schools,” Cape Town, South Africa, 2010

Selected Social Media

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers are regular bloggers on Edutopia. A sampling of posts include:

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2015, September 30). Unleashing the power of positivity in your school. Edutopia School Climate Blog. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/unleashing-power-positivity-your-school-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014, October 7). Metacognition: The gift that keeps on giving. Edutopia Brain-Based Learning Blog. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/metacognition-gift-that-keeps-giving-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014, May 20). Brain movies: When readers can picture it, they understand it. Edutopia Brain-Based Learning Blog. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-movies-visualize-reading-comprehension-donna-wilson

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014, February 11). Engaging brains: How to enhance learning by teaching kids about neuroplasticity. Edutopia Brain-Based Learning Blog. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/neuroplasticity-engage-brains-enhance-learning-donna-wilson

Wilson, D. L., & Conyers, M. A. (2014, January 22). Training the brain to listen: A practical strategy for student learning and classroom management. Edutopia Brain-Based Learning Blog. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/training-the-brain-to-listen-donna-wilson

In addition, Wilson and Conyers are active contributors to social media through these outlets:

Mind, Brain, Learning, & Teaching with Donna Wilson, PhD [blog]: http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/

A sampling of posts include:

Wilson, D.L. (2016, April 26). Use Failure as a Motivator to Try Again. Retrieved from http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/2016/04/use-failure-as-motivator-to-try-again.html#more

Wilson, D.L. (2016, April 11). Guiding Students So Their Potential 
Takes Root. Retrieved from http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/2016/04/guiding-students-so-their-potential.html

Wilson, D.L. (2016, March 14). I’m Proud to Be Presenting at the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/2016/03/proud-to-be-presenting-at-national.html#more

Wilson, D.L. (2016, March 9) Don’t Lose Sleep over Daylight Savings Time. Retrieved from http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/2016/03/dont-lose-sleep-over-daylight-savings.html

Wilson, D.L. (2016, February 26) Making the Most of Our Cognitive Assets. Retrieved from http://donnawilsonphd.blogspot.com/2016/02/making-most-of-our-cognitive-assets.html

Innovating Minds [blog by Marcus Conyers]: http://www.innovatingminds.org/

A sampling of posts include:

Conyers, M. A. (2016, February 28) Focusing on the 40 Percent of Factors that Influence Happiness. Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/2016/02/focusing-on-40-percent-0f-factors-that.html

Conyers, M.A. (2016, February 26). How Happiness (Subjective Well Being) Influences Health Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/2016/02/how-happiness-subjective-well-being.html

Conyers, M.A. (2016, February 26). Happy to be Leading Happiness Ambassador Training in Winter Park, Florida Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/search?updated-max=2016-02-26T11:58:00-08:00&max-results=7

Conyers, M.A. (2015, July, 28). ‘Sputnik Moment’: Urgent Need to Learn and Teach Creative Thinking Skills. Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/2015/07/sputnik-moment-urgent-need-to-learn-and.html

Conyers, M.A. (2015, July 23) Why We Need To Cultivate Innovating Minds. Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/search?updated-max=2015-07-28T15:17:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=21&by-date=false

Conyers, M.A. (2015, August 12). Cultivating the Brain’s Creative Potential. Retrieved from http://www.innovatingminds.org/2015/08/cultivating-brains-creative-potential.html
Other social media outlets:

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BrainSMART on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/brainsmartu/

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Webinar, “Engaging Brains: Science and Strategies for Effective Teaching and Leading,” October 2015  http://promo.fourriversmedia.com/webinar-replay/

Featured Interviews:

Donna Wilson interviewed for these articles:

McKibben, S. (scheduled for release: 2015, November). Beyond the Glass Half Full. ASCD Education Update.

Varlas, L. (2014, September). Teaching to the teenage brain. ASCD Education Update, 56(9). Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education-update/sept14/vol56/num09/Teaching-to-the-Teenage-Brain.aspx

Marcus Conyers interviewed on Inspire Nation in February 2016: http://www.innovatingminds.org/2016/01/my-interview-on-inspire-nation.html

Marcus Conyers interviewed on Cambridge105 in August 2015 on Positively Smarter:http://www.brainsmart.org/audio/MarcusConyersInterview2015.mp3