Research Summary – BrainWare SAFARI and Low-SES Students
While BrainWare SAFARI is not uniquely designed for low-SES students, cognitive skill training is having an impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement for them in a variety of settings. This document provides a summary of the research to date on BrainWare SAFARI and students from low-SES backgrounds.
The Neuroscience of Stress and Learning
In this webinar, Dr. Lou Whitaker, President of Open Minds Enterprises, discusses the neuroscience of stress, the effect of stress on learning and development, and tools and strategies for helping our students and ourselves deal with stress, both acute and chronic.
BrainWare SAFARI as an Evidence Based Intervention under ESSA
This webinar addressed how BrainWare SAFARI fulfills the new provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A True Growth Mindset Requires a One-Two Punch
People who have a growth mindset believe they can develop their intelligence and their abilities and that’s what enables them to become much more effective learners, according to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Carol Dweck. That’s the first punch. What's the second punch?
The Cognitive Impact of Poverty and What Educators Can Do
Numerous studies have shown the impact of poverty on the brain. Neuroscience research is also showing how the plasticity of the brain offers the potential to close the cognitive gap.
BrainWare SAFARI in Before/After School Programs with Low Performing Readers
BrainWare SAFARI was implemented in before and after school programs in elementary schools in Hammond, IN, with students selected by their teachers because of low reading ability. The average pre-test score on the Verbal Reasoning subtest of the CogAT for these students was markedly low, at the 35th percentile, consistent with student selection criteria (low reading performance). On post-test, the average score on Verbal Reasoning increased to the 48th percentile.
Impact of Cognitive Skills Development in Grade 3 on Cognitive and Academic Measures
The Grade 3 students in an economically disadvantaged district who used BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant cognitive growth compared to those who did not. After using BrainWare SAFARI, 50% of the students scored at the 70th percentile or above on the composite score of the CCAT, compared to 33% scoring at that level on the pre-test.
Closing the Gap for Historically Underperforming Students
This webinar will examine the some of the reasons for the chronic gap in performance for students with learning disabilities, ELL students, and economically disadvantaged students.
Improvement in California State Test Scores Following Cognitive Skills Training
3rd Grade students in the Fillmore Unified School Distrct who used BrainWare SAFARI performed better than a control group on the California state standardized tests.
Cognitive Skills Development Helps Close the Gap for Students Performing Below Grade Level
Students who performed below grade level the prior year experienced significant gains following their use of BrainWare SAFARI and average performance narrowed or closed the gap. For students with IEPs, the 3rd-grade students more than doubled their WPM gains and significantly narrowed the gap.