Programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them

Building Learning Activities the Brain-Based Way

by Penny Cuninggim, ED.D. M.A.T., M.S.W.
Duration: 2-3 hours; CE Credits: 3

Launch Course


Brain-based teaching is a new and rapidly growing field that is improving classroom practice. This course introduces: 1) important research-based principles about how the brain learns best and 2) related brain-based strategies for designing effective learning activities in schools, residential programs, counseling settings, and after-school programs. This course will be helpful for educators, counselors, and child care providers who need to create and teach knowledge and skills to elementary, middle, and high school-aged students.



Continuing Education Credits

To purchase CE credits, click here and scroll to find the course.

Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers and Psychologists. After completing each course, a brief post-test will be provided at the Orlando Behavioral Health website, which you must pass with more than 80% correct answers to be eligible for CE credits. Please contact Mike Weinberg at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about earning CE credits.


Workshop Objectives

In this course, you will:

  • Learn how the human brain functions and why teaching strategies need to address how children and youth learn best
  • Learn about the principles of brain-based learning and teaching
  • Become familiar with the three brain-based goals of quality teaching/programming
  • Create brain-based strategies for building more effective learning activities


About the Author(s)
bengis-steve.1cuninggim-penny.1Together with Steve Bengis, ED.D., L.C.S.W., Dr. Cuninggim founded and directs the New England Adolescent Research Institute, Inc. (NEARI) in Holyoke, MA. NEARI administers: The Brain-Based Resource Center; The NEARI School, a day school that provides special education services to emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed, learning disabled, and behaviorally disordered youth; Jump-Start, an early intervention after-school program for at-risk youth; The NEARI Press, a publishing house specializing in education and intervention with "at-risk youth"; and a training and consulting center. Dr. Cuninggim holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cuninggim has worked as a college instructor, a consultant and trainer, and a therapist.


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