Please Take My Crutches
A 17-year-old high-school student recently walked into a high-stakes test without the accommodations that he had received for years. This was not an arbitrary administrative decision; it was his choice.
Supporting Diverse Learners in Literacy
In this webinar, we will discuss the concept of cognitive load and neuroscience-based approaches to strengthening students’ capacity for cognitive load as well as strategies to lighten cognitive load in the process of learning to read.
Make Summer Count
First of all, summer should be fun, so the three programs we talk about in this blog ARE fun. At the same time, they have the power to transform your child’s learning skills so the next school year has a better chance of fulfilling your and your child’s aspirations.
You Don’t Have to Be Dyslexic to Have Trouble Learning to Read English
In this webinar, we will explore the contributions of cognitive skills in learning to read. Then we will address the “special challenges” of the English language and some promising approaches that can be implemented by classroom teachers.
The Role of Cognitive Remediation in Special Education
Current approaches to special education generally seek bypass the cognitive processes that are weak in order to minimize the impact of processing deficits. Remediation of cognitive processes needs to be a fourth pillar in our approach to support students in special education.
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.
Implementation of Computer-Based Cognitive Assessment and Cognitive Training with Elementary Students Lagging in Academic Performance
In a textbook implementation of Mindprint and BrainWare at Riverside Elementary in Evans, GA, the overwhelming majority of the students experienced substantial growth in their cognitive skills in multiple areas and all students saw growth in at least some areas. Average growth across all ten of the Mindprint subtests was 21 percentile points.
How Neurons Multitask
Duke University researchers have shown that neurons seem to be capable of carrying more than one signal at a time. They do this, apparently, in much the same way that telecommunications engineers developed rapid switching between pieces of two different messages.
Measuring and Developing Executive Functions
In this webinar, we explore the core executive functions -- working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility -- understanding what they are and how they relate to both academic and social and emotional learning. We demonstrate how executive functions can be measured using the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment and how they can be developed using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
Impact of Computer-Based Cognitive Training on Elementary Students’ Reading Skills
Students at Wyhcocomagh Education Centre in Nova Scotia gained 4.5 reading levels on average and improved on academic fluency tests by one-half to 4 grade equivalents over 12 weeks following cognitive training with BrainWare SAFARI.