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Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Wesson, Consultant, Neuroscience



Kenneth Wesson is a former higher education faculty member and administrator. He delivers keynote addresses on the neuroscience of learning for educational organizations and institutions throughout the United States and overseas. His audiences range from early childhood specialists to university-level educators. Wesson’s international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world’s seven continents.  His research is frequently published and referenced in Parents Magazine, HealthNet, and the journal Brain World.  

Wesson regularly addresses educational organizations, counseling associations, school districts and parenting organizations on the subject of “brain-considerate” learning environments. In addition to his speeches on the neuroscience of learning, Wesson speaks on the subjects of early brain development, design and engineering, STEM and ST2REAM, contextual learning, and curriculum development. Wesson also serves on the advisory boards for the Korean Institute of Brain Science, Kids at Science, and the International Association of STEM Leaders. He is an active member of Scientists without Borders and he can be seen on PBS specials on human learning and the teenage brain.

In addition to participating in a symposium at the United Nations’ Department of Public Information and NGOs, Wesson’s work has included delivering addresses to the following organizations:

  • Academic Language Mastery Conference

  • Alabama Governor’s Summit on Mathematics and Science Education

  • Alabama Science Teachers Association

  • Alaska Science Teachers Association

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • American Society for Microbiology

  • American Society for Investigative Pathology

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (sponsored by the National

  • Institute of General Medical Sciences)

  • Arizona Science Teachers Association

  • Arkansas Association of Education Administrators

  • Arlene Shmaeff Memorial Education Lecture

  • Arkansas Leadership Academy

  • Brain and Learning Symposium

  • Brain Expo

  • California Association of Bilingual Educators

  • California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators

  • Carnegie Institution of Science

  • California Community Colleges Association

  • California Kindergarten Association

  • California Mathematics and Science Partnership

  • California Math Council

  • California Science Teachers Association

  • California Science Center

  • California STEM Symposium

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference

  • Colorado Association of Science Teachers

  • Colorado Council of the International Reading Association

  • Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series

  • Early Childhood Education STEM Conference

  • English Language Learners Summer Institute

  • Georgia Science Teachers Association

  • Georgia STEM Forum

  • Glennville State University

  • Great Teachers’ Seminars

  • Hampton University School of Pharmacy

  • Head Start Association

  • Hawaiian Association for Counselors and Educators in Government

  • Hawaii Association of Science Teachers

  • Hawaiian Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • IBM Corporation

  • Idaho STEM (i-STEM)

  • Informal Science Education Association of Texas

  • Integrated learning Institute

  • International Brain Education Association

  • International Symposium on Electronic Art

  • Johnson and Johnson Corporation

  • Kansas Association of Teachers of Science

  • Kentucky Association of Science Teachers

  • Learning and the Brain

  • Louisiana Science Teachers Association

  • Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation

  • Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

  • Maine Science and Literacy Conference

  • Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals

  • Maryland Association of Science Teachers

  • Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists

  • Michigan Association of School Boards

  • Middle East North Africa International STEM conference

  • Mills College

  • Mississippi Science Teachers Association

  • Models School Conference

  • NASA SEMAA Directors

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • National Science Foundation’s Systemic Initiatives for Math and Science

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • National Science Research Council

  • National Symposium for Scientists and Engineers

  • Nevada State Science Teachers Association

  • New Hampshire Afterschool Programs

  • New Mexico Science Teachers Association

  • New Mexico STEM Conference

  • North Carolina K-12 STEM Conference

  • North Carolina Science Teachers Association

  • North Dakota School Boards Association

  • North Dakota Science Teachers Association

  • North Dakota STEM Conference

  • NSTA STEM Forum and Expo

  • Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges

  • Oregon Science Leadership Academy

  • Pennsylvania ASSET Program

  • Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association

  • Pioneer RESA Summer Leadership Conference

  • Science Education Council of Ohio

  • Science Education Administrators and Policymakers Institute

  • Science Teachers Association of New York State

  • Science Teachers Association of Texas

  • Seattle FOSS Institute

  • Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees

  • South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators

  • Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering

  • South Carolina Science Council

  • South Carolina STEM Conference

  • South Carolina Coalition for Math and Science

  • STEM Education Excellence for the 21st Century

  • STEM Learning in Action

  • STEM Learning Summit   

  • STEM Leadership Academy

  • Summer Institute for the National Academy of Sciences

  • Tennessee Science Teachers Association

  • Tennessee STEM

  • Texas Regional Collaborative for Science and Mathematics

  • Virginia Association of Science Teachers

  • Virginia Science Leadership Learning Association

  • Virginia STEM Conference

  • Washington, DC STEM Conference

  • West Virginia Science Teachers Association

  • Wisconsin STEM Conference

  • Wyoming Math and Science Teachers Conference

  • And numerous American colleges and universities

Wesson’s latest articles include: “STEAMING and ST2REAMING Your STEM Programme”; “STEM Branches Out: Preparing for the jobs of the future”;  “Brain-STEM: Using Interdisciplinarity to Improve Our Minds and Our Schools”; “From STEM to ST2REAM: Reassembling our Disaggregated Curriculum”; Art and the Creative Brain; “The Impact of the Next Generation Science Standards”; “Reverse Direction Decoding: Revolutionizing How We Teach Reading”; “Minds, Models and Maps: Visualizing Science”; “Has Standardized Testing Run Its Course?”; “30 Ways to Improve Your Memory”; “Brain-Sight: Can Touch Allow Us to ‘See’ Better Than Sight?”; “Neuroplasticity: The Effects of Experience on the Brain”; “The Magic of Human Language Development”; “Drawing and the Brain”; “Learning and Memory: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget?”; “Emotions and Education: How Children Feel Affects How They Learn”; NSTA Reports:  “Brain-considerate Learning”; “Education for the Real World: Six Great Ideas for Parents and Teachers”; “Summertime and the Learning Should Be Easy”; “Brain-considerate Strategies for the Home and School”; “From Synapses to Learning—Understanding Brain Processes”; “The Developing Brain”; “Building a Better Brain”;  “What Recent Brain Research Tells Us About Learning”; “Neuropsychology and Prejudice”; “A Brief History of Neuroscience”; “Where is God in the Brain?; “Memory and the Brain” and “Early Brain Development and Learning.”  

He has been a keynote speaker for many of the leading international educational organizations for American and International schools, including the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), Middle East North Africa (MENA), the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), the Near East South Asia schools (NESA), along with numerous American educational organizations, school districts, and colleges.

He has been a keynote or featured speaker for a broad range of organizations, where his addresses were grounded in the question, “If It’s Your Job to Develop the Mind, Shouldn’t You Know How the Brain Works?” His Brain-STEM presentations focus on merging brain science and the goals of STEM education and Common Core.

Wesson has been profiled in “Who's Who in Science and Engineering,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who's Who in America.”

He has

  • Worked as an Educational Consultant for Stanford Research Institute (SRI)

  • Worked at the college and university levels as an administrator and a faculty member  

  • Served as a science writer for Science IQ contributing articles on brain research

  • Worked on the development and marketing of several of the nation's leading mathematics, science and reading programs.


He is an active or former member of the following organizations:

  • The International Society on Infant Studies

  • The Organization for Human Brain Mapping

  • The Society for Neuroscience

  • Scientists Without Borders

  • Scientific American's 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • The National Association of Black Psychologists (a founding member)

  • The National Kindergarten Alliance (a founding member)

  • The Western Psychological Association

  • The United Professors of California

  • The American Association of College Administrators

  • The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • The American Mathematical Association

  • The National Science Teachers Association

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • The National School Boards Association

  • The Teacher Credentialing Task Force for the CA Schools Boards Association

  • Was elected to the local Board of Education in 1980

  • Was recognized as one of the "Outstanding Young Men of America" in 1984

  • The Mental Health Board and the Justice Systems Board for Santa Clara County

  • Appointed by the Governor of California to the state’s Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (providing the meta-research on the developmental effects of smoking on the brain)

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Illustrations from WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by Walt Whitman . Illustrations copyright © 2004 by Loren Long.  Used by permission of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.


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