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Donna Wilson, PhD


Dr. Donna Wilson is a psychologist, author, university faculty, and former teacher. A teacher educator for the past 20 years, she is a pioneer in applying implications of research from the transdisciplinary field of mind, brain, and education to practice for preservice and in-service teachers and educational leaders. Dr. Wilson is adjunct faculty and lead developer of the EdD minor in Brain-Based Leadership, Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership, and Master’s degree programs in Brain-Based Teaching with the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Her university work grew out of a three-year Florida Department of Education action research initiative and project funded through an Annenberg Challenge Grant.

Dr. Wilson grew up in a rural, mostly poor county in Oklahoma. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Oklahoma, where she realized that many of her students were not benefiting from standard teaching practices. In search of ways to improve student learning, she became a school psychologist and went on to conduct more than 1,000 diagnostic assessments. In the process, Dr. Wilson discovered that the majority of students had the potential to achieve more academically but had not been taught the cognitive and affective skills they needed to do so. She then returned to the classroom to coteach, with a focus on guiding children to learn and use cognitive, affective, and metacognitive strategies. The positive impact of that approach and action research project led Dr. Wilson to seek out opportunities to share with other teachers the implications of mind, brain, and education research to improve student learning and achievement. Today, graduates from the M.S. and Ed.S. degree programs in Brain-Based Teaching are supporting student achievement in 47 U.S. states, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Malaysia, Vietnam, Guam, France, and Germany.

Dr. Wilson is the author of more than 25 books and professional articles for educators, including, most recently, Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice (Teachers College Press, 2013) and Flourishing in the First Five Years: Connecting Implications from Mind, Brain, and Education Research to the Development of Young Children (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013). She has led professional development for more than 75,000 educators in 35 states and has presented at such conferences as the National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, International Reading Association, Learning Forward, ASCD, American Educational Research Association, International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, and the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Dr. Wilson’s passion is to put implications of current research into practice so all students can reach more of their unique learning potential. She serves as head of academic affairs for BrainSMART and the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention (CIEP). She enjoys spending time with her husband and coauthor, Marcus Conyers, and other family and friends, and gardening in her spare time.

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To contact Donna:

Donna Wilson, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Academic Team Leader
Center for Innovation and Prevention
127 W. Fairbanks Ave., Suite 235
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 339-2989