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Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap: A Matter of Equity

As educators and education policymakers seek to understand and remedy the achievement gaps, much attention is paid to the concept of equity. A variety of inequities have been identified as impediments to students having the opportunity to achieve their potential. Disparities in per-pupil spending, teacher experience, and technology and other resources are well-documented and top of mind.  A less visible disparity, and one that connects directly to student learning is highlighted by contemporary neuroscience research—cognitive development.

Cognitive Training: Questions Frequently Asked by Skeptics

There continues to be controversy regarding cognitive training (sometimes called brain training) programs, and there continue to be many skeptics.  As the developer of the most researched, comprehensive, integrated cognitive training program available today, we encourage skepticism.  Skepticism is healthy and it also means that the skeptic is open to a variety of possibilities.  Here are some comments and questions we often hear from cognitive training skeptics and the way we answer them for BrainWare SAFARI

Brain Games and Brain Training are Different

In the last week, we came across another study that says that neuroscientists have debunked the claims that a brain game results in a brain gain.  No kidding! Research scientists seem to be in love with the idea of contradicting the market hype about the value of brain games.  And that’s a good thing.  There is far too much hype.  And too little understanding of the difference between a brain game and serious cognitive training (also called brain-training). Saying that a typical “brain game” can yield measurable cognitive benefit that translates into real-world improvements is like saying that exercising the biceps of your left arm will lead to overall physical fitness.

Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching?

Summer is a great time to catch up on webinars that you might have missed (and get some professional development credit along the way).  Here are some of our most

Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans

Over the last few years since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, state departments of education have developed plans to implement the provisions of the legislation.  While each

Teaching as a STEM Career

In the work that I’ve been doing on the connection between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), I was looking for examples of STEM

Am I Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

A reading coach and mentor describes her experience using BrainWare SAFARI with her students, more than doubling their growth in reading levels and dramatically improving their intellective capacity She explains that, in working through BrainWare, her students had not only pushed past their own problem-solving ability through trying, and trying again and not giving up, but they had also pushed past her own ability.

Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain

Numerous research studies support the evidence that many students lose a good portion of their learning over the summer.  Estimates are that the loss is around 2 to 2.6 months

Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Education is grappling with a relatively new acronym: MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support).  MTSS is currently conceptualized as an integration of two other acronyms: RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS

A New Framework for Social and Emotional Learning Based on Cognitive Skills

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an active topic of discussion in schools (and outside of schools, for that matter) these days.  The interest in SEL is likely being driven