Dr. Kenneth A. Wesson
Dr. Kenneth Wesson is a former college and university-level 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 college and university-level educators. His international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world 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 STREAM, contextual learning, and curriculum development. Wesson also serves on the advisory board for the Korean Institute of Brain Science.
In addition to participating in a symposium at the United Nations, Wesson’s recent work has also included delivering addresses to the Summer Institute for the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series; the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; the National Symposium for Scientists and Engineers; the National Academy of Sciences; the Annual Model Schools conference; the American Society for Microbiology; the Science Education Administrators and Policymakers Institute; the Association of College and University Biologists; the Hampton University School of Pharmacy; the STEM Education Excellence for the 21st Century conference; the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA); Western Regional National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; the International Brain Education Association; STEM Conferences for the states of Tennessee, Texas, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Virginia; the National Science Research Council; the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives; the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Science and Mathematics; the Maine Science and Literacy Conference; The Science Teachers Associations for the states of Kansas, Alaska, Colorado, Virginia, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Hawaii, California, Wyoming, and New York; the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders; the Northern New Mexico Science Education Consortium; the Alabama Governor’s Summit on Mathematics and Science Education; the California Science Center; the Johnson and Johnson Corporation; the IBM Corporation; the Hawaiian Association for Counselors and Educators in Government; the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences); the National Alliance of Business; Head Start; the Great Teachers’ Seminars; the National Science Foundation’s Systemic Initiatives for Math and Science; the IDATER (International Design and Technology Educational Research and Curriculum Development) Conference in England, and numerous American colleges and universities.
“Each year, new findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience will be infused into teacher preparation, curriculum, instruction, student assessment, and the classroom environment. The works of Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences), Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence), Kenneth Wesson (Brain-considerate Learning), and others have already been influential in reshaping the independent school classroom, while programs like Mel Levine’s Schools Attuned are assisting educators in using neurodevelopmental content in their classrooms to create success at learning and to provide hope and satisfaction for all students.” Forecasting Independent Education to 2025
-- National Association of Independent Schools
Wesson’s latest articles on the brain include: “Has Standardized Testing Run Its Course?”; “Reverse Direction Decoding: Revolutionizing How We Teach Reading”; “From STEM to ST2REAM: Reassembling our Disaggregated Curriculum”; “The Impact of the Next Generation Science Standards”; “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”; “Minds, Models and Maps: Visualizing Science”; “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”; “Positive Teaching = Good Education”; “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), 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.
At the 2012 STEM Forum and Expo sponsored by the NSTA, Wesson and NASA astronaut Mary Ellen Weber delivered the keynote addresses. He was/will be a keynote or featured speaker for such diverse groups as the following: the Hawaii ASCD, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, the Distinguished Educators Series, the North Dakota School Boards Association, the Arkansas Leadership Academy, the Virginia Science Teachers Association, New Mexico Science Teachers Association, Migrant and Seasonal Workers HeadStart Programs, National Brain Awareness Week, and the Montalvo Arts Education Conference. His keynote addresses are frequently 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.
The NSTA and Shell Oil Company identify 4-6 people annually, who they recognize for making unique contributions to science research and education. Those individuals (the "Shell Science Scholars") are invited to address the members of the NSTA at their annual conference and are also honored at a special reception. This group includes the 1998 Nobel Prize winner for Physics, the Director of the Human Genome Project and Kenneth Wesson, who will be recognized again in 2011 for the second time within the past decade – a “first” for Shell Science Scholars. The NSTA is the world's largest educational organization (scientists, researchers and science educators) with over 53,000 members dedicated to the improvement of science education.
Wesson has been profiled in “Who's Who in Science and Engineering,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who's Who in America.”