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Toward a New Understanding of Intelligence

It’s time to throw out our old mental models of intelligence and start to embrace what David Shenk in his popular book of the same title, “the genius in all of us.”

Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates

“Our district is currently doing a lot of work to implement STEM (Common Core, new technology, etc.), and our teachers feel like they are constantly having things added to their

Closing the Achievement Gaps: The Need for a Cognitive Intervention

The remediation statistics are sobering. Over half of students who enroll in 2-year colleges take remedial courses in English and/or math. Almost 20% of those enrolling in 4-year colleges do

Special Needs Students Benefit from Use of BrainWare SAFARI

3rd grade students, identified as special needs, in the Fillmore Unified School District, as part of a larger study, experienced substantial gains in performance on the OLSAT and California State 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.

Reality Show Test Anxiety

I was watching one of my favorite shows – Restaurant Impossible – when I saw a textbook case reminder of one of the consequences of high-stakes testing.  First, let me

When Charter School Students Don’t Succeed

According to a report on NPR (WBEZ) two days ago, the reason that test scores in many Chicago charter schools are higher than their traditional CPS (Chicago Public School) counterparts

Pilot of BrainWare SAFARI with Students in a Title I School

Students in a Title I school in Topeka, KS improved their performance on select cognitive tests by an average of 1 year 10 months, consistent with results from previous research on these three specific tests, following use of BrainWare SAFARI. On a second post-test, following 6 months of non-use of the program, the students' cognitive development was maintained or continued to improve, yielding average total growth of 3 years and 2 months over the school year.

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

This report uses recent economic modeling to relate cognitive skills – as measured by PISA (Programme for International Student Assesment and other international instruments – to economic growth. The relationship indicates that relatively small improvements in the skills of a nation’s labor force can have very large impacts on future well-being. Moreover, the gains, put in terms of current Gross Domestic Product (GDP), far outstrip the value of the short-run business-cycle management.