Learning & The Brain

Optimize the Learning and Teaching Process by Practicing Brain-Based Learning in the Classroom and Beyond!

We all have brains - and this course is for anyone wanting to learn more about learning & the brain. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, museum curator, coach, parent, or you are interested in learning more about how learning and the brain are connected - this course is for you.

The overarching goal is to learn more about learning and the brain, including the central role of emotions for learning. From the theories presented in this course, the goal is then for you to develop a new lens that you can apply to your practices and that you take concrete actions steps to better design for learning based on what we know about the brain.

I hope this course is as much a self-reflection of your own learning as it is an opportunity to think about how you design learning experiences for others.

At a Glance






1-Year of Access


45 continuing ed hrs


3 (for additional fee)




Allison Posey, MEd

Course Objectives


How brain networks develop and the fundamentals of brain science, including understanding plasticity, variability, and how emotions are central to learning.


How to activate the brain for learning and how to empower students to choose their own learning pathways.

  • How to design for intrinsic motivation and variability, including use of Universal Design for Learning

allison posey

About Your Instructor

Allison Posey, MEd, is a curriculum and design specialist at CAST and a graduate of Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Education master’s program. She is the author of Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning that Taps into the Power of Emotion (ASCD)andUnlearning: Changing Your Beliefs and Your Classroom with UDL.


What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Start off each module by watching a quick (3-5 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Explore the chapter content related to the module, it follows the Engage the Brain book (to purchase, other materials all freely available in course).
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources - the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what that works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson. 
  • Post to the discussion board, interact with your classmates if you choose to, and make connections.
  • Complete the self-assessment at the end of each module. These are opportunities to deeply reflect on what you have learned.
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit
  • Receive your completion certificate for 45 continuing education hours or 3 graduate-level continuing education credits (as applicable).
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 

Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.


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