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Educational LeadershipMay 2020Learning and the BrainVolume 77, Number 8
The May 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the increasingly compelling connections between brain science and the classroom. With research in neuroscience shedding new light on how students learn best, the issue aims to help educators make the most of this information to promote whole child development—and determine how they can sort genuine scientific findings from myths and hearsay.
14 The Sciences of TeachingCarol Ann Tomlinson and David A. SousaThe fields of neuroscience and psychology, when paired, offer new insights on effective instruction.
22 Believing in the BrainMarcus Conyers and Donna WilsonTeaching students about brain plasticity can cultivate a growth mindset.
28 Educating the Whole LearnerSara E. Rimm-Kaufman and Jacqueline JodlMobilizing whole child advocates behind the neuroscience of learning and development.
36 Building Meaning Builds Teens’ BrainsMary Helen Immordino-Yang and Douglas R. KnechtConnecting schoolwork to big ideas can enhance adolescents’ neural networks.
44 The Creative BrainGayle T. Dow and Katie KozlowskiApplying principles of neuroscience to teach creativity and collaboration.
52 Picturing the BrainJohn GabrieliNew brain-imaging methods are helping us better understand how children learn.
58 How Teens’ Brains Are DifferentA visual look at the neurological “mismatch” that makes adolescents so—well—interesting.
60 Teaching to the Whole BrainLiesl McConchie and Eric JensenIncorporate strategies into your teaching that will engage all areas of the brain.
66 Neuroscientists in TrainingSteven Azeka, Steven Carter, and Ido DavidescoA university-designed program gets high school students learning about learning.
70 Education’s Research ProblemDaniel T. Willingham and Andrew J. RotherhamEducators and policymakers often ignore or distort scientific findings. Here’s why—and what we can do about it.
76 Retrieval Practice: A Power Tool for Lasting LearningPooja K. AgarwalResearch in cognitive psychology shows that getting students to pull information from their memory is key to long-term transfer.
9 Reader's Guide/Shaping Minds in Challenging TimesAnthony Rebora
82 Research Matters/Elegant Simplicity in Brain ScienceBryan Goodwin and Darienne DeyA six-phase model for learning and retaining information.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/For Complex Texts, the Brain Prefers PaperDouglas Fisher and Nancy FreyWhen a text requires some struggle, print rules!
86 Leading Together/Retraining the BrainJill Harrison BergLeading for equity with the brain in mind.
88 Confronting Inequity/The Trauma We Don’t SeeDena SimmonsToo often, the trauma of high-achieving Black students goes unnoticed.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/There’s No Place Like SchoolDavid GriffithSchool closures connected to COVID-19 help us remember how central schools are to our common life.
6 Readers React
91 Index to Advertisers
92 Whole Child Spotlight: On Mind-Body Connectedness
93 Tell Us AboutReaders reflect on ways they incorporate principles of learning science in their classroom practice.
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/To Keep in Mind . . .
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Leveraging Neuroscience in Lesson DesignAllison PoseySuggestions for planning instruction that aligns with how the brain learns.