1 Year Training Model



session 1 - BZ FOUNDATIONS - on site

The Foundations Training serves as an introduction to BrainZones.  During this time participants will be introduced to the affective neuroscience, which supports the BrainZone model, strategies, classroom practices, and behaviors that occur in each of the zones.

The BZ principles will speak to teachers, instructors, and others involved in designing or implementing instruction. They contribute to understanding effective strategies that address behavior and academic achievement.

The BZ model is consistent with research on teaching and learning. Additionally, integrating research and practices in various areas of psychology, including principles that can lead to positive mental health and productivity of students, their teachers, and the schools that serve them.


Session 2 - THE SOCIAL ZONE - webinar

Social and emotional influences on learning. What and how much is learned is influenced by the learner’s motivation.  Motivation to learn, in turn, is influenced by the individual’s emotional states, goals, and their relationships; with the school, their teachers/classroom, and peers.

In this webinar we will share research, strategies, routines, and video that demonstrate and promote positive relationships, happiness, and engagement.  BrainZones principles utilize a strength-based perspective, goal setting and and prosocial practices, enhancing our social brain and learning.  

Teachers and staff will leave equipped with ideas, knowledge, and strategies for student success, including: connecting with families, building student relationships, and establishing caring, cooperative, and joyful communities within the classroom.

Research demonstrates that social and emotional learning can:

  • Improve academic achievement—In a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 school-based SEL programs spanning kindergarten through high school, researchers found that SEL participants demonstrated improved academic performance in an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.

  • Make a lifelong impact on students—A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found significant associations between social-emotional skills in kindergarten and young adult outcomes across education, employment, criminal activity, and mental health. 


session 3- how and why teach mindfulness - on site

This session will cover both ends of the neural-spectrum, from meditation and mindfulness to trauma and ACE’s and the impact these two highly discussed and researched topics have on teaching, learning, and the culture within a classroom and/or school. 

You can expect to hear (and see) the research, as well as experience these mental extremes, observing how it impacts your mind, body, and thinking.  When you understand others experiences, you are more able to reach and teach them.

In this session we will implement a coaching cycle: training, modeling, reflecting, and planning implementation.


session 4- The sob (Strong orange brain) - webinar

This session will address how the brain processes stress and challenge, and how best to use this to your advantage.  We will offer strategies, tips and tricks for testing, dealing with the SOB, and making learning stick.

It will be an energetic, fast-paced session, filled with aha moments, as you peek inside your students’ amygdala, as well as gain understanding to your own reactions, behaviors, and stress. 


session 5 - coaching, observation & leadership - on site

The final training session of the first year cycle ends with grade-level coaching, leadership meetings, and classroom observations. The goal of this session is to ensure ongoing implementation, address any new concerns, and model techniques for building leaders to utilize with staff and students.




This workshop is designed for parents, caregivers, and community support personnel. Our goal for this workshop is to align communication, understanding, and both learning and social goals for student success. During this time we will share an overview of the BrainZones model, offering insights, strategies, and practices for promoting and regulating emotions at home. We will offer a town-hall approach, with opportunities for participants to ask questions about the techniques and the model.