Learn about the Developing Brain

  • Teachers and Coaches are so Important

    The way you teach / coach teens and twenty-somethings can strengthen or weaken their brains in significant ways. We now have 30 years of brain science that can guide us how to work with youth so that they fulfill their academic / athletic potential, grow their talent, and enter adulthood with strong, resilient brains. Having applicable knowledge of adolescent brain development can greatly enhance your teaching / coaching.

  • Adolescents are Fast Learners

    The adolescent brain - from 13 to 25 years - has the capacity to learn quickly, is highly creative, and can problem-solve in innovative ways. However, the adolescent brain also has major challenges such as: it's intensely emotional, keyed into peers and social status, seeks rewards and takes risks. This is not a choice. It's due to brain development. Learn how to manage these amazing young brains. Discover strategies that support healthy brain development.

  • Learn Communication Insights

    Brain research is clear that the way we communicate---especially with vulnerable adolescent brains---makes all the difference. Learn practical strategies and skills for reaching teens and young adults and communicating with them to achieve your goals. What motivates the adolescent brain is different than the adult or mature brain so discover ways to inspire your students and athletes. Support youth in surviving the challenges and establishing brain health into the future.

Ready to Optimize Brain Performance?

Harness neuroscientific research to support your students and athletes' holistic development!

Award-Winning Educator

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, parents, teachers, coaches and all who work with children and young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge especially when it comes to their health and safety. "The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health" is being published by Prometheus Books (Globe & Pequot) and Brilliance Audio on March 8, 2022. For more information and resources, see https://www.bulliedbrain.com/.

Ready for Evidence-Based Practices?

Draw on brain research to take your students' and athletes' performance to the next level!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    1. Life is a Mental Game

    • The Brain Drives Our Mental Game

    • Key Takeaways

  • 2

    2. What Do Teachers and Coaches Need to Know about Adolescent Brain Changes?

    • Neuroplasticity and Growth Mindset

    • Key Takeaways

  • 3

    3. How to Help Students and Athletes Develop Self-Regulation

    • Developing Self-Regulation in Adolescent Brains

    • Key Takeaways

  • 4

    4. What Practices Enhance Adolescent Brains?

    • Mindfulness to Optimize Performance

    • Key Takeaways

  • 5

    5. Harnessing the Power of Peers

    • Adolescent Brains are Laser Focused on Peers & Social Standing

    • Key Takeaways

  • 6

    6. Supporting *ALL* students' success

    • Belief, Myelination, and Empathy

    • Key Takeaways