Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist combined her 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background as both in neuroscience and education, she has written seven books about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master's of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.
Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting about learning and the brain. She has been interviewed by USA Today, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News Education Nation, ABC Australia Radio, Lateline Australia, Popular Mechanics, Neurology Today, USA Today, Education Week, Parenting Magazine among others, and writes staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, and Psychology Today. In 2011 she was selected by Edutopia as a "Big Thinkers on Education."
Books by Dr. Judy Willis
The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (2014).
Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010
How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008.
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008.
Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007
Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006.
Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008.
Cooperative Learning: Accessing Our Highest Human Potential. A chapter in, The Power of the Social Brain Editors: Art Costa & Wilson O'Leary. New York: Teachers College Press. 2013.
Current Impact of Neuroscience in Teaching and Learning. A chapter in, Mind, Brain, and Education Ed. D. Sousa. Solution Tree Press, 2010.
MindUp! Hawn Foundation curriculum for mindful student focus and emotional control. New York: Scholastic. Feb. 2011
Dr. Judy Willis' Recent & Popular Links
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EURONEWS Willis Interview The role of neuroscience in education includes Judy Willis VIDEO & transcript near end of both
"Dr. Judy Willis Edutopia's 'Big Thinker on Education'"
"Meet Dr Judy Willis, EDUTOPIA Staff Blogger" https://www.edutopia.org/users/judy-willis-md (This works best if you cut and paste web address)
What Edtech Can You Trust? Edutopia Staff blog. November 18, 2014.
Good Praise, Bad Praise for NBC News Education Nation: Jan 2014 http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=0A598840-7722-11E3-A4E20050569A5318#
The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning http://www.edutopia.org/blog/neuroscience-behind-stress-and-learning-judy-willis Edutopia Staff Blog. July 18, 2014
Australia ABC TV show Lateline Judy Willis, MD interview Apr 20, 2012 "Neuroscientist explains how to stimulate young brains". Link with video & transcript http://bit.ly/IeW5H1
ABC Radio National How children learn best Interview with Dr. Judy Willis
'All in the Mind' program hosted by Lynne Malcolm 10/14/12
"Dr Judy Willis and Goldie Hawn are Building Better Brains by Bringing Neuroscience into Classrooms". Neurology Now: Publication of the American Academy of Neurology March/April 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 14-17. http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2010/06020/Golden_Opportunity.17.aspx
TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Jan 2013 ASB Mumbai, India. Topic "Dr. Judy Willis: Video Game Model for Motivated Learning' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8TPRec6OCY
TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Feb 1, 2012. Topic "From Neuroscience Lab to the Classroom" TEDxEnola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHRyPbcLKis
Video Link International Conference on Thinking, Wellington, New Zealand. January 2013. Dr Judy Willis speaking about, What we can learn from the Video Game Model http://bit.ly/15czG6s
The Neuroscience of Joyful Learning http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/summer07/vol64/num09/The-Neuroscience-of-Joyful-Education.aspx
Want Children to "Pay Attention"? Make Their Brains Curious!
Force-feeding won't work even on a hungry brain http://bit.ly/rtoI3a
The Neuroscience of Joyful Education by Judy Willis, M.D. ASCD Express Jan 3. http://bit.ly/Wyr3O5
Top 10 Memory Tips (PDF) at http://bit.ly/7ZpBz2
Then go to "download as media" at the top
How The Memory Works In Learning (Dec 2012)
The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom in TeachThough Oct 2013 http://www.teachthought.com/learning/the-simple-things-i-do-to-promote-brain-based-learning-in-my-classroom/
Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains in TeachThought 10/16/2013, http://www.teachthought.com/learning/5-teaching-strategies-keep-students-turningbrains/?utm_content=bufferc742b&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
Five Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention by Judy Willis. Edutopia Staff Blog. Mar 17, 2014.
Three Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test. TeachTought Issue 03/16/2014. https://www.google.com/analytics/web/?pli=1#home/a30482055w56947284p58157304/
Understanding How the Brain Thinks: Edutopia Staff 6-PART Blog Series about Building Executive Functions
Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1)
The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning (Part 2)
Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities. (Part 3) http://bit.ly/p1oTbO
Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students (Part 4) http://bit.ly/nCy5Id
Three Strategies for Using the Arts to Build Student Executive Functions (Part 5) http://bit.ly/xFnJO8
Executive Function, Arts Integration and Joyful Learning (Part 6) http://bit.ly/yI2NLa
ASCD "How the Brain Learns" Webpage/blog Group managed by Judy Willis: Open Membership. http://edge.ascd.org/group/how-the-brain-learns
"ASK Dr. Judy" Free ASCD Archived Brain-Based Learning Strategies Webinars. Video and pdf multiple ed topics http://bit.ly/PDwSK1 & scroll down
ASCD Author Page for Judy Willis http://www.ascd.org/Publications/ascd-authors/judy-willis.aspx
How to Teach Students About Their Brains
How to Teach Students About the Brain link:
What You Should Know About Your Brain link:
Books by Judy Willis, M.D.
Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107006.aspx
Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108073.aspx?utm_source=ascdfacebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=math-willis-fb
How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Your-Child-Learns-Best-Brain-Friendly/dp/1402213468
The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. (2014) Bridgepoint Education, Inc. https://learn.thuze.com/store/product/THUZE.HSS.PSY.9781621781639
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107073.aspx
Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107040.aspx
Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, And Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008. http://amzn.to/1wwMsg4
Parenting Articles, Videos, Blogs
Video: Parenting to Develop Your Children's Critical Skillsets for 21st Century Success: http://www.gotocoffeebreak.com/portfolio/march-2013/
Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education. March 2013
25 Parenting Videos by Dr. Judy Willis Kids in the House
http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/expert/parenting-advice-from-judy-willis-md-med#page=/video/meet-judy-willis-md-med or http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/search/site/willis#
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Arts across curriculum
Writing for STEM and across curriculum
Building Executive Functions
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Motivation and Growth Mindset
Attention and Focus
The Neuroscience of Learning (multiple topics)
Teaching Teachers, Students, and Parents the Neuroscience of Learning
Collaborative Group Learning
Creativity Building and Cognitive Flexibility
Game-Based and Project-Based Learning and Video Game Model
Teacher Well Being
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ASCD Videos & Interviews Free Links
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