Dr. Kenneth Wesson
San Jose, CA
Kenneth Wesson is a former higher education faculty member and administrator. He delivers keynote addresses on the neuroscience of learning for educational organizations and institutions throughout the United States and overseas. His audiences range from early childhood specialists to university-level educators. Wesson’s international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world’s seven continents. His research is frequently published and referenced in Parents Magazine, HealthNet, and the journal Brain World. Wesson regularly addresses educational organizations, counseling associations, school districts and parenting organizations on the subject of “brain-considerate” learning environments.
In addition to his speeches on the neuroscience of learning, Wesson speaks on the subjects of early brain development, design and engineering, STEM and STREAM, contextual learning, and curriculum development. Wesson also serves on the advisory boards for the Korean Institute of Brain Science, Kids at Science, and the International Association of STEM Leaders. He is an active member of Scientists without Borders and he can be seen on PBS specials on human learning and the teenage brain.
How the Young Brain Learns
The brain is not only the most complex organ in the human body, but this “Three-pound Universe” has also been described as the most complex object in the entire universe. Understanding how the brain encodes, processes, stores, retrieves and uses information can assist early childhood educators in crafting instructional practices that are “brain-considerate” (consistent with the brain’s natural inclinations for learning). Regularly deploying teaching practices that accommodate the preferred processing of the brain will help ensure academic success for all students, regardless of age. With the latest discoveries in cognitive science, the human brain is recapturing its rightful place as the centerpiece for all discussions about learning and the role of an effective classroom practitioner.