Educational Psychologist, Former Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Author
Dr. Wilson is the lead developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. degree programs with a major in Brain-Based Teaching earned online with the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Oklahoma and realized many of her students were not benefiting from standard teaching practices. Looking for solutions, she became a school psychologist. Dr. Wilson then conducted over 1,000 diagnostic assessments and discovered that the majority of students had the potential to be achieving more academically, but had not been taught the cognitive and affective skills they needed to do so. She then returned to the classroom to co-teach, with a focus on guiding children to learn and use cognitive, affective and metacognitive strategies. The positive impact of that approach led Dr. Wilson to seek out opportunities to share with other teachers the implications of mind, brain, and education research to improve student learning and achievement. Today, graduates from the M.S. and Ed.S. degree programs in Brain-Based Teaching are supporting student achievement in 47 U.S. states, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Malaysia, Vietnam, Guam, France, and Germany.
Dr. Wilson is the author of more than 25 books and professional articles for educators, including, most recently, Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice (Teachers College Press, 2013) and Flourishing in the First Five Years: Connecting Implications from Mind, Brain, and Education Research to the Development of Young Children (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013). She has led professional development for more than 75,000 educators in 35 states and has presented at such conferences as Learning Forward, ASCD, American Educational Research Association, International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Dr. Wilson’s passion is to put implications of current research into practice so all students can reach more of their unique learning potential. She serves as head of academic affairs for BrainSMART and the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention (CIEP) and as adjunct faculty with Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and co-author, Marcus Conyers, and gardening when she has a chance.
Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University