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BrainSMART 60 Strategies for Increasing Student Learning
A Top 10 Best Seller at the NAESP Conference 2001
Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson, Ph.D.


This book is for busy teachers who want to increase test scores and reduce stress while building a love of learning. We integrate decades of cognitive and student achievement research, breakthroughs in neuroscience, and our work with 160,000 educators who work with more than 2 million students. This book has been used as a part of an initiative sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, as well as with many other groups and in school districts throughout the U.S.

  • 5 M.A.S.T.E.R. keys to boosting test scores
  • 5 parts of the BrainSMART™ teaching and learning model
  • Key knowledge about the brain and what to do with the information
  • A system of 60 classroom tested strategies that are quick to learn and easy to apply
  • Strategies your students will love.

Thinking for Results – Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by As Much As 30 Percent.
Part of Texas BrainSMART Statewide Trainer-of-Trainers Initiative
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


The question is no longer “How smart am I?” It is now “How smart can I become?” Thinking for Results is a research-based approach to equipping students with the higher order thinking assets they need to achieve maximum academic achievement and lifelong success. This great resource is a part of BrainSMART’s statewide training-of-trainers initiative with Texas’ Safe and Drug Free Schools initiative.

  • Discover how IQ explains only 4% - 10% of the variation in lifelong success
  • Learn how learning can change the physical structure of the brain
  • Equip your students with the cognitive assets they need for school and life success
  • Use the three phases of genius approach to understanding student needs
  • Help your students to learn the self-management tools they need
  • Cultivate the cognitive assets that raise student achievement and prevent violence

Courageous Learners: Increasing Student Achievement in Diverse Learning Communities
Ideal Resource for Title 1 Schools
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


Today up to 40% to 80% of students are put at risk of academic failure because they are not taught the thinking and learning tools they need to survive and succeed in school and in life. Experience the joy of learning a system for unleashing the brain power of high need students and for translating pessimism into practical optimism and higher test scores. This book has been used as part of a 3 year statewide Dropout Prevention Initiative at the Florida Department of Education as well as in Title 1 sponsored workshops and projects across the U.S.

  • Learn the research that matters to make a difference with Courageous Learners
  • Discover the 4-Forces of Learning Model
  • Explore the Barcode of the Brain as a way to understand learner differences
  • Learn how to teach students to improve impulse control
  • Apply knowledge to help students understand time and space concepts necessary for school success
  • Model the True North principles for doing the right thing for our Courageous Learners At-Risk

Wiring the Brain to Read Trilogy
Book 1 - Beginning Reading PreK–Grade 3
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


The first book in this series explores neuroscientific advances to uncover how infants and young children acquire language abilities and the neuropsychology of word recognition as children begin to read. The work of pioneers such as Alexander Luria and Lev Vygotsky also has applications in teaching young children to read. This text presents classroom applications based on the Thinking for Reading Supplemental Reading Curriculum with easy-to-read stories based on engaging animal characters that illustrate fundamental thinking skills, such as the importance of listening and understanding space and time. The role of phonemic awareness and phonics in the development of reading ability is explored, and a step-by-step approach supports the "Great 98," guiding students to read books at their 98% comprehension level to build fluency and confidence in their reading skills. Another useful framework for young children learning to read is building neural knowledge networks to foster expanding vocabulary and comprehension.

Wiring the Brain to Read Trilogy
Book 2 - Higher-Order Thinking for Reading
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


This text makes the case for explicit instruction on metacognition, or thinking about one’s thinking, with the aim of guiding students to develop strategies to improve their reading skills. It offers practical tools for teaching students how to think about their reading as they develop phonological and phonemic awareness and hone decoding skills to aid in making meaning of the words on the page. Positive classroom interactions among teachers and students build motivation and confidence, and activating students’ cognitive schemas allow them to use what they already know about the subject matter to work in analyzing and understanding reading material. The input-processing-out model is applied to the development of reading skills, with a focus on cognitive assets such as Clear Intent, Systematic Search, Selective Attention, Working Memory, Meaningful Questioning, Creating Inferences, Summarizing, and Finishing Power.

Wiring the Brain to Read Trilogy
Book 3 - Brain-Based Differentiated Reading Instruction
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


Many attributes influence how children can best hone their reading skills-from identification of their learning strengths, challenges, and styles to brain-based language processing differences between the genders. This text presents proven strategies to support gains in reading skills among all students in today’s diverse classrooms. Promoting variety and choice in reading materials and incorporating movement into lessons aids in holding students’ attention and enhancing comprehension and recall. The strategy of "brain movies" uses mental imagery to engage struggling readers and help them make meaning as they read. This book explores effective reading instruction for students with attention deficits and applies the development of metacognitive skills to the stages of language development that English language learners undergo. It delves into the role of the brain’s executive function in the development of fluency and comprehension and explores how writing supports enhancement of reading ability through stories that show the thinking skills of Systematic Search and Planning in action.

Administrator’s Workbook for Increasing Student Achievement: BrainSMART® Strategies for Leading & Teaching
Aligned with NAESP Standards
Donna Wilson, Ph.D. and Marcus Conyers


This book introduces the BrainSMART approach to teaching and educational leadership, exploring effective instruction as the key to student achievement; the learning potential of every child; the importance of a healthy Body-Brain System; the neuroscience behind teaching and learning strategies; the need to foster a positive learning state and to facilitate meaning making, attention, retention, and transfer; direct instruction on metacognition; and the input-processing-output model to maximize learning. The concepts and theories presented in this text are aligned with the National Association of Elementary School Principals Leading Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do as one example of how to implement these standards.

Thinking for Reading
Primary Grades (PreK - 3rd)
Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers


The goal of this Read Aloud curriculum is to help students wire their brains so they can become effective thinkers, readers, and independent learners. The set includes a Teacher Guidebook, CD, and Reproducibles for one classroom.

Drive Your Brain: The Road to Reading Success (Grades 4-7)
Metacognition and Input, Processing, and Output
Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers


This curriculum is designed to help your students cultivate the cognitive assets they need to drive their brains for success. We use student reproducibles to teach the three phases of genius and important cognitive assets needed for literacy development, higher student achievement, study skills, and life skills.
The set includes a Teacher Guidebook, CD, and Reproducibles for one classroom.

5 Unit Poster Set BrainSMART Strategies - Set of 5
Building Great States, Making Meaning, Laser Sharp Attention, Tools for Transfer, I Feel Good Yes, The Eagle, 10 Pegs, H.E.A.R., and Deal - Delete - The Next Time









7 Unit Poster Set BrainSMART Thinking for Results - Set of 7
Metacognition: Driving My Brain, Making the Most of Time, Understanding Space, Self Regulation, Systematic Search, Planning, and Effective Expression