Dr. Jesse Payne to lead education workshop

Thursday, March 1, 2012


On April 21, Dr. Jesse Payne, Corban University assistant professor of education and co-author of the “Making a Good Brain Great” curriculum, will discuss ways educators can help kids learn more effectively.

The “Teachers as Brain Changers” workshop will focus on practical brain science and how it relates to behavior in and out of the classroom.

“The basic principle is that your brain is involved in everything you do,” Payne said. “The fact is that the perfect brain is a myth and we as educators need to understand how the brain works to help students reach their full potential.”

Payne is the son-in-law of renowned physician and psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, who pioneered the use of brain scans to study neural pathways in the brain and how they relate to human behavior. Payne’s work with Amen and his experience as a classroom teacher led to the creation of the “Making a Good Brain Great” curriculum.

“We want to help teachers understand why a child’s behavior happens in the first place,” Payne said. Once you understand this from a brain perspective, there can be more empathy and understanding and a desire to work with students and help them.” He also noted the workshop will help teachers understand their own brains and how their personalities can also influence learning.

“When you have a child who has ADHD and can’t sit still or focus on one thing, it can be frustrating for a teacher whose brain is wired for structure and control in the classroom,” Payne said. “I want teachers to understand how their brain functions and the impact it has on their students. I also want to give them strategies to understand how students learn in their classrooms.”

The “Teachers as Brain Changers” workshop will be held at Corban University. The cost is $129 for the full-day course or $179 with extra materials. The course can be taken for one fully-accredited graduate level credit for $249.

For more information or to register, click here.

  • Dr. Jesse Payne’s workshop will show teachers ways to become better 
    educators through brain science.

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