Welcome to the April 2017 edition of The Learning Brain.

It’s Easter already. I hope you all have a good rest in the school holidays. If you are looking for something to read in the break, take a look at the Book of the Month in this newsletter. It’s about how to protect kids from becoming victims or perpetrators of aggression. 

You can also read about some amazing new research which suggests IQ might be able to be predicted from brain scans.

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PS:Early bird registration for the Educating with Neuroscience Conferences is closing soon. Register here

Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conferences

ENS 2017 logo2.pngMelbourne, Sydney & then Auckland
You will hear from Neuroscientist Dr Steve Miller about the latest understanding of how students learn. Plus, the impacts of poverty and stress on learning, how movement and exercise affect learning and the importance of reading aloud. Plus much more.

Early Bird Registrations Now Open

Latest Research

Brain_image.jpgNeuroscientists Determine Intelligence from Brain Scans

It sounds like sci-fi. But it’s real. Neuroscientists have discovered how to tell a person’s intelligence from their brain scan. Not only that, it’s only a matter of time before they are able to tell everyone’s aptitudes and shortcomings, simply from scanning their brain. Read more.

ESL_group.jpgEnglish Language Learners Need Better Support for Academic Success

Despite their potential, many English learners lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational achievement. This is because schools don’t provide adequate instruction and social-emotional support, or access to academic subjects at the appropriate grade level, says a new report. Read more.


What's New

Merzenich-1.pngDr Michael Merzenich Receives Award for Unparalleled Breakthroughs in Brain Research

Dr. Michael Merzenich has been designated the 2017 recipient of The Charles L. Branch Brain Health Award for Unparalleled Breakthroughs in Brain Research. Dr. Merzenich is Professor Emeritus at University of California, San Francisco. He is a founder of Scientific Learning Corp and Posit Science.

The Branch Award is presented by the University of Texas Brain Health Center to a person who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of neuroscience. Read more.


$1 million Global Teacher Prize Won by Canadian Teacher

Maggie MacDonnell.jpgMaggie MacDonnell, a Canadian teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence.
She beat Aussie teacher, Ken Silburn and 8 other finalists from countries as diverse as Spain, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany and the UK.

The massive prize underlines the importance of educators and that their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It acknowledges the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them. Read more.

What's On?


Auditory Processing: Its Critical Link to Reading
Friday 21st April at 6am

Would you like a better understanding of what auditory processing is (and isn't)? Join us to learn all about this elusive, but important factor in your child's literacy development.

Register Now.


Auditory Processing Disorder 
Presentation by Devon Barnes 

7pm Tuesday 2 May at Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group,
Mona Vale, Sydney.

Learn more about how to identify & treat Auditory Processing Disorder.

Register here.

The Learning Success Blog

girl_confused.jpgImprove Executive Function with Fast ForWord123 Exercises

Your brain is an amazing organ. Countless studies, experiments and articles have shown us this. The complexities and inner-workings of this powerhouse are still yet to be fully explored.

Have you ever stopped to think what controls your brain? What prevents it from becoming mere chaos?

Well, it’s called Executive Function, and you need to know about it. Read more.

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – April Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback. It is always great to see how students are benefiting from this simple tool. Here are a few of the comments we received last month:

  • math-book-and-flying-numbers-math-clipart.jpgGives me variety and another resource for my students
  • Format and availability
  • Regular practice for students in a different form to usual. They love the variety I give them
  • Reinforcement of basic concepts

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the April worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

short vowel sounds.gifFree Worksheets and Printables for Kids

Education.com offers free worksheets for practicing skills and building knowledge. Suitable for preschoolers to high school students.

Book of the Month

warning signs.jpgWarning Signs: How to Protect Your Kids from Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression

How can you protect your kids from all the evils of the world? You can’t. Because your kids will experience things you’ll never know about. But what you can do is stay diligent, understand the various difficult situations they will encounter, and make sure they're prepared to handle it.

Warning Signs covers the most common risk factors and warning signs, along with practical parenting advice and strategies for raising strong, safe kids and protecting them from becoming either perpetrators or victims. Read more.

App of the Month

seesaw app.jpgSeesaw: The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share what they are learning at school. Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student.

The app works as a learning management system teachers can use to track the performance of their students and to collaborate with parents. Read the Teachers overview here.