Brenda McKinney

M.A.

Brenda McKinney, CEO of Vancouver, WA based BrainVolution, is a developer and dynamic facilitator of workshops that teach practical thinking and learning tools for raising student achievement with the brain in mind. She has trained educators throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a popular presenter because of her ability to motivate, make things fun, and teach practical techniques for the classroom that can be used immediately. Brenda continues to read hundreds of books and articles on the subject of neuroscience and searches for the answer to success for every student. Her work with at-risk students and those with reading problems have made her a popular speaker at the state, regional and national level.

Brenda is able to synthesize the new research and continues to address the role of how to use the latest findings to create high achievement classroom. She brings 30+ years of experience at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level as a mentor teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, university instructor, and reading specialist. Brenda has her Master’s in Education from Washington State University and is nationally certified in Brain Based Learning through the renowned  Jensen Corporation, led by Eric Jensen, a noted international spokesperson for neuroscience and education.

 

Brenda will inspire and motivate you with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her wisdom, techniques, and brain based approach to education will inspire you and challenge you to meet the demands of this ever changing world.

Offered Courses

MINDSETS IN THE CLASSROOM: Increase Student Achievement

Course No. ED459q, ED559q

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

Why do some children succeed while others fail? Have you experienced burnout with certain students and are not sure where to turn? Let’s turn this around. When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas and strategies to build and maintain a growth mindset culture. The focus is on how persistence, hard work and grit can change students’ school performance. All teachers are looking for tools that will ignite a love of learning while communicating that every student can succeed. Do you want to find out how to capture and identify that mindset? Are you ready to create successful and resilient learners? Are you interested in learning the new research on IQ and brain plasticity in order to motivate and engage all students? Then join me for this exciting and transformative course. I recommend this course to any teacher, student, administrator, parent or professional developer who is looking to up their game.

HEALTHY LIVING NOW: Restore Your Health & Well Being

Course No. ED459J, ED559J

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

Do you find yourself searching for happiness and never quite reaching it? Have you come to the realization that your health is not what it should be: extra pounds, fast food, and health implications? Healthy living is being offered to help you unleash your own power to recover and harness your energy for full health benefits. Uncover the surprising way in which your body is connected to the afflictions of civilization. Investigate the power of living in a more healthful way through your diet exercise, sleep, reactions to stress, mindfulness, and more. If your goal is to live a long and healthy life to the fullest, then you don’t want to miss out on this course. This course will highlight how the current pressure and stress in modern life have removed us from our biological needs and are making us ill. It is also about how to avoid this distress and find a way to happiness. This course is practical, disarming, loaded with research, and will literally ignite and inspire you to change and Go Wild. If you are looking to manage your stress levels, find more energy, improve your sleep, and sharpen your mental skills, join me for an experience that will help you secure a healthier, happier future. Healthy Living NOW! This course is appropriate for grades K-12 instructors, administrators, parents.

ENGAGING STUDENTS OF POVERTY: Practical Strategies That Raise

Course No. ED458z, ED558z

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

The bad news is that poverty can create chronic, devastating changes in the brain. It would be easy to look at the statistics and want to give up. The good news is that there are powerful solutions to boost attendance, lessen behavior issues and turn your classroom into a high performance success, BUT you need the engagement strategies to help you do your job well. High performing students need high performing teachers. Every student deserves a caring engaging teacher. Attitudes and the strategies of yesterday are not enough. Join me to upgrade your teaching skills. Make it a priority to engage far more students every day. Fasten your seatbelt: These strategies work for all kids across the grade and content levels. Sign up NOW for an engaging, fast moving, practical experience. Appropriate for all educators and administrators K-12.

SCORES RISE WHEN KIDS REMEMBER: Working Memory & Learning

Course No. ED452k, ED552k

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

A good working memory is crucial to becoming a successful leaner. Mounting evidence links literacy and numeracy to strong working memory. This course will provide a coherent overview of the role played by working memory in learning and its development during the school years. It will offer teachers/counselors strategies for supporting working memory in students at all ages, especially those who are underperforming. You will receive hands-on support for utilizing numerous techniques including: chunking, organization, keywords, peg words, loci, mnemonics and many more. Don’t miss this opportunity ....

HAPPINESS DIET: Energize Your Brain & Body

Course No. ED449G, ED549G

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

DIFFERENTIATION: Its Not As Hard As You Think

Course No. ED449H, ED549H

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

Today's students differ greatly from each other and their learning needs vary more dramatically than ever! These differences are wide ranging and are being identified earlier. Such classroom disparities require all educators to think differently about teaching and learning; educators have been differentiating for ages. This class is intended to move you from where you are now (beginner, proficient, advanced) in the procedures of differentiation, to the next level essential for success.

WHY WILLPOWER MATTERS: Improve Health, Happiness, & Productivity

Course No. ED449a, ED549a

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

Every single day we are bombarded with decisions. Do we choose the less enjoyable, better-for-me option or the more pleasurable alternative? Do students chose to turn in homework or do activities of their own choosing? A startling discovery is that willpower is depleted by usage.

REASONS STUDENTS DON’T LIKE SCHOOL

Course No. ED448L, ED548L

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

Scientists now know so much more about how our students learn than thirty years ago and it is time to upgrade your learning. Did you know that our brains are not really designed for thinking? Did you know that most of what we learn is forgotten immediately?

MINDSET: The New Psychology Of Success

Course No. ED448K, ED548K

Tuition $360 ‑ $475

Quarter Credits 6

If you are looking for a refreshing change of pace, this course is for you! Written by psychologist, Carol Dweck, Mindset, focuses on research that shows the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you live your life.

POVERTY & THE BRAIN: Creating Emotional, Physical & Academic Success

Course No. ED444U, ED544U

Tuition $300 ‑ $395

Quarter Credits 5

Eric Jensen's, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kid’s Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, analyzes the effects of poverty on education and how educators can play a hand in improving the potential of every student. The strategies and action steps are easy to apply and can really make a difference.

TEACHING THE TEEN BRAIN

Course No. ED437L, ED537L

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

Discover the old culprits: hormones, rebellion, and exuberance and recognize they are not the only answers to understanding teens. This course teaches you about the teen brain and how to navigate the abrupt shifts in emotion and behavior while still being effective. This exciting course provides practical strategies for creating a more academically AND emotionally productive classroom.

GENDER DIFFERENCES: Boys & Girls Learn Differently

Course No. ED437J, ED537J

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

Discover differences between the male and female brain to transform how you teach and communicate. Explore teaching and learning strategies developed through current brain research on gender differences. The focus relates to effective learning, interpersonal communication, motivation, and self-concept. Learn to create and adapt activities based on how boys and girls brains work best and their needs at different life stages.

EXERCISE & THE BRAIN FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE

Course No. HE402F, HE502F

Tuition $180 ‑ $265

Quarter Credits 3

The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise can physically remodel your brain for peak performance. Our text, SPARK presents startling research proving that exercise truly defends against ADD, depression, and aggression. Learn about amazing case studies: the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois that made this school district's 19,000 kids #1 in science test scores in the world!