Presenter tells how brain research changes teaching

Approximately 175 teachers are meeting this week at Washington State University’s College of Education to learn about the latest research in effective teaching, including the keynote presentation about the educational implications of recent research in brain structure and development.

The presenter is Robert Sylwester, emeritus professor of education at the University of Oregon, who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. Sylwester is the author of 20 books and writes a monthly column in the Internet journal, “Brain Connection” at He has made more than 1,400 conference presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research.

The gathering is the 4th annual CO-TEACH Summer Institute, part of a $10 million grant program to create model teacher preparation programs in the Pacific Northwest, said Tariq Akmal, an assistant professor at the WSU College of Education and one of the faculty directors of the CO-TEACH program.

Sylwester’s presentation is nontechnical and connects recent brain research to effective educational procedures. The presentation will focus on dramatic developments in the cognitive neurosciences that provide educators with an unprecedented understanding of the organization and extended development of the human brain.

For more information, contact the College of Education.

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