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David Sousa  

Innovative Educational Consultant

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international educational consultant and author of several books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels.

He has presented to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and has served as a consultant to regional and local school districts across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the The Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research.

His seven popular books for educators include: How the Brain Learns, How the Special Needs Brain Learns, How the Gifted Brain Learns, How the Brain Learns to Read, and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2007. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead today’s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.

Dr. Sousa has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught junior and senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, and as Supervisor of Instruction for the West Orange, NJ schools. He then became superintendent of the New Providence, NJ public schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris, France, and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva and Vienna.

Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. In 1992, Dr. Sousa was president of the National Staff Development Council. He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate in education from Bridgewater State College.


• How the Brain Learns

• Brain Research & Its Influence in Educational Practice

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How the Brain Learns

Brain Research & Its Influence in Educational Practice

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