Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain: Science and Strategies to Energize and Enhance Instruction

Our understanding of best practices surrounding student learning has grown exponentially in the past decade. However, many educators still use outdated practices based on early brain research performed on rats. This workshop is designed to help educators reach diverse and struggling learners through a deeper understanding of underlying brain processes and science-based strategies based on Dr. Zadina’s book Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain. Participants engage, experience, and laugh while learning how multiple underlying brain pathways can be used for more powerful learning.

By the end of this workshop, participants are able to:

  • Determine fact from fallacy about the brain and learning.
  • Explore multiple pathways involved in learning beyond visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
  • Acquire strategies for reaching diverse learners.
  • Explore ways to apply multiple underlying brain pathways in lesson design, presentation, assignments, and assessment.
  • Uncover the brain process that predicts achievement and use this skill to change the trajectory of a student’s learning path.


  • Participate in a fun quiz that explores existing beliefs and knowledge.
  • Compete in a strategy scavenger hunt that provides participants with an extensive toolbox they can use over time.
  • Create a “ticket out the door.”
  • Apply multiple pathways to a lesson as a boilerplate for future lesson creation.
  • Create an action plan to take back and share with colleagues.

Participants receive a free subscription to the Brain Research and Instruction newsletter.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

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Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Janet Zadina, Ph.D.

“Powerful!” “Engaging!” “Innovative!” and “Life Changing!” are just a few ways audiences describe presentations by Dr. Janet Zadina. Dr. Zadina is an internationally renowned speaker, consultant, author, and former high school and community college teacher, known for her extraordinary ability to inform, educate, and empower audiences with brain research. Dr. Zadina has made such an impact on the academic community that the Society for Neuroscience honored her with the prestigious 2011 Science Educator Award. This recognition solidified her reputation as a significant contributor to public education and the field of educational neuroscience. Through her transformative, powerful, and entertaining workshops, Dr. Zadina is changing the way teachers, students, and even business professionals understand and use the brain.

Dr. Zadina’s determination to tear down brain myths and build up lives was born from her personal experiences working with dyslexic students. When she learned that a new “window” into the brain was possible with neuroimaging, she knew she had to go back to school and study neuroscience. She earned a Ph.D. in Education while conducting MRI research on neurodevelopmental language disorders at Tulane Medical School. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience.

Dr. Zadina bridges the fields of education and neuroscience in her visionary work and the magic of her presentations. Her years of research, writing, and teaching enable her to educate others with science and strategies to transform education. As the founder and CEO of Brain Research and Instruction, she teaches and models best practices in educational neuroscience when presenting keynote speeches and workshops worldwide. She has been honored as a Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, among other honors. She is the author of textbooks as well as professional development books, including Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain. She is a co-founder of the Butterfly Project, a pro-bono initiative designed to help educators who have experienced natural disasters.

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Please contact Edward Leach at or (512) 232-1430 for additional information or to arrange to have a campus-based workshop or regional workshop brought to your college or area.

Workshops supplement NISOD’s offerings of professional development programs and resources, which culminate with NISOD’s Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. NISOD’s annual conference is noted as the premier convening of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff who strive for excellence in leadership, teaching, and learning. For more information about NISOD’s conference or to register, visit