More About the Author
Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist and teacher combined her training in neuroscience with her teacher education training and the past ten years of classroom teaching to become a leading authority in the field of parenting and teaching strategies derived from learning-centered brain research.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy 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 fifteen years before returning to university to obtain her Teaching Credential and Masters of Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught elementary and middle school for ten years before becoming an international lecturer and workshop leader about brain-research correlated strategies that ignite successful learning, memory, and transferable understanding.
Dr. Willis is an authority in brain research regarding learning and the brain and currently dedicates her time to presenting information about classroom and parenting strategies derived from brain research at educational conferences, professional development workshops, and to parent groups and nationally and internationally. She has been a Distinguished Lecturer at ASCD national conferences, writes extensively for professional educational journals, and was honored as a Finalist for Distinguished Achievement Award for her educational writing by the Association for Educational Publishers. "Ask Dr. Judy" is a regular webinar feature offered free to all through ASCD.org
Dr. Willis is the author of six books, including five books for educators, Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, Brain Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, Teaching the Brain to Read, and Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results. Her book Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, Talented, for educators and parents was a finalist for the 2010 USA Book News Magazine 2010 Best Book Awards in Education/Academic Category.
Her first book for parents, How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success, with foreword by Goldie Hawn, provides parents with the research-supported tools to help their children learn in ways best suited for their interests, learning styles and strengths.
Her books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Arabic. I
Dr. Willis is a research consultant and member of the board of directors for the Hawn Foundation, an international foundation developed and directed by Goldie Hawn. She contributed to the writing of the Foundation's MindUp curriculum of activities for teachers to do with children to increase their emotional control, stress management, and attentive focus. Link to Neurology Now: Journal of American Academy of Neurology for the cover article featuring the collaboration of Dr. Willis and Goldie Hawn to bring neuroscience into classrooms and teach children about Building Better Brains. http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2010/06020/Golden_Opportunity.17.aspx
When not consulting, writing books, or making presentations, Dr. Willis is a home winemaker and writes a wine column.
Dr. Willis' Website: www.RADTeach.com Connect from this website to links to her books, articles, and presentation schedule.
Additional Ways to Connect with Dr. Judy Willis
Dr. Judy Willis' PSYCHOLOGY TODAY Online Staff Posts at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/radical-teaching
"Brain Owner's Manual" Dr. Willis believes that, "Children who understand that genius is not limited by genes. When children discover how their brains learn and that they can change their brain wiring to change their intelligence, they are motivated to persevere with homework, studying, and setbacks because they understand can take control of their emotional, social, and academic success."
For this reason, Dr. Willis wrote her first "Brain Owner's Manual" article to help parents and educators explain to children the power they have to change their own brains and change their intelligence. She is currently writing a series of "Brain Owner's Manual" books for parents and one for educators that are age-group specific. Link to her article called, What You Should Know About Your Brain:
"Meet Dr Judy Willis, EDUTOPIA Staff Blogger" View All Posts http://www.edutopia.org/user/19536
Dr. Judy Willis's Educational Consultant EDge Webpage for the Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) at http://edge.ascd.org/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=19069219&as=127586&b
Judy Willis Author's Page on ASCD
View Podcast Interviews and Webinars With the Author
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
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
Video Series of my brief responses to questions interviews at St Michaels University School April 2013. Full "Learning & the Brain" Series at http://bit.ly/13Ncewr"Ask Dr. Judy" is a regular webinar feature offered free to all through ASCD.org
Dr. Willis is one of Edutopia's "Big Thinkers on Education" with video interviews
Big Thinkers: Dr. Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
View 7 Video Chapters of Dr. Judy Willis' "Big Thinker in Education" Interview: http://www.edutopia.org/big-thinkers-judy-willis-neuroscience-learning-video
The Big Thinker video interview is divided into 7 1-2 minute segments by topic. From "Big Thinker" Judy Willis page http://www.edutopia.org/big-thinkers, scroll down the bar to the right of the video/photo and you can open each section by name, such as Judy Willis on the Science of Learning (video).
Meet Judy Willis, Neurologist Turned Educator (1 min 24 sec)
The Science of Boredom (1 min 36 sec)
Creating Curiosity in the Classroom (0 min 52 sec)
Focusing Students' Attention in the Classroom (1 min 22 sec)
The Importance of Creating a Safe Environment (1 min 32 sec)
Lessons Learned from Video Games (2 min 52 sec)
Preparing Students for the 21st Century (1 min 53 sec)
Author Interviews about her books:
Ignite Student Learning: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Authors/Judy_Willis.aspx?id=31085086001&nvid=a7b1
Inclusion/Differentiation Strategies: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Authors/Judy_Willis.aspx?id=31085086001&nvid=a7b1
Teaching the Brain to Read: SCROLL DOWN TO Teaching the Brain to Read at: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/ASCD_Talks_With_an_Author/ASCD_Talks_With_an_Author_(main).aspx
Videos on YouTube: Put "Judy Willis" and key words like "brain" "syn-naps" into YouTube and you'll find several short topical videos of and several by Dr. Willis. For example: The Marshmallow Test is at
Presentations & Lectures on YouTube: under "Judy Willis" you'll find full presentations she has done for professional educators. One about inquiry learning in science for the State of Tennessee Department of Education and one about brain research-based teaching strategies in English and Spanish, that she gave in Buenos Aires.
Radio, Video Interviews and Podcasts
The Parent's Journal Public Radio Program and Podcast 06-03-09 Topic:
Middle Schoolers Who Love to Learn - Dr. Judy Willis' portion is in second half of the program at: http://www.parentsjournal.com/podcast/229/0603.mp3
Dr. Judy Willis video interview about what brain research suggests for classroom teaching strategies (also applicable for parents)
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Dr. Judy Willis video interview about how to differentiate instruction for neuro-logical teaching, improved memory, and responsive student behavior in motivated students
Dr. Judy Willis interview/video ASCD about topics in the book, Teaching the Brain to Read