Who is Eric Jensen?

eric-jensenEric Jensen is a former teacher and educational leader who grew up in San Diego, California. Jensen’s M.A. is in Organizational Development and his Ph.D. is in Human Development.

For over two decades he has synthesized brain research and developed practical applications for educators. Jensen has authored over 30 books including Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Tools for Engagement, Engaging students with Poverty in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Poor Students Rich Students and Different Brains, Different Learners.

Jensen is a member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience, the President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Jensen is a difference-maker, named one the top 30 global gurus in education. He co-founded and led four million-dollar companies including the first and largest brain-compatible academic enrichment program. SuperCamp is now held in 14 countries with over 65,000 graduates.

Education

1967 – California Public Schools, graduate, San Clemente High, CA
1972 – San Diego State University B.A. English (with distinction)
2009 – M.A. Organizational Development – Fielding Graduate Univ.
2014 – Ph.D. Human Development, Fielding Graduate Univ. (Honors)

Workplace Experience

1972-1979 Teacher (reading/study skills for secondary)
1979-1982 Director, Learning Dynamics Study Skills Center
1983-2009 Adjunct faculty, National University, San Diego State University and University of California at San Diego
1982-1987 Co-founder/Educational Director of SuperCamp Residential academic enrichment skills program
1996-2006 Co-founded The Brain Store (Publishing Company)
1997-present Co-founder, Jensen Learning Corp. Currently serving as President, CEO and trainer.

Publications

Jensen, E. (1996) “Brain-Compatible Learning” International Alliance for Learning, Summer 1996, Vol. 3 #2. IAL, Encinitas, CA.

Jensen, E. (1998) “How Julie’s Brain Learns” Educational Leadership, Vol. 56, No.3, Pgs. 41-45, November, ASCD. Alexandria, VA.

Jensen, E.  (2000) “Brain-Based Learning—A Reality Check” Educational Leadership April, Vol.57, No.7, Pgs. 76-79, ASCD. Alexandria, VA

Jensen, E. (2000) “Moving with the Brain in Mind” Educational Leadership November, Vol. 58, No.3, Pgs. 34-38, ASCD. Alexandria, VA

Jensen, E. (2001)”Fragile Brains” Educational Leadership, November 2001, Vol. 59, No. 3, Pgs. 32-36 ASCD. Alexandria, VA

Jensen, E. (2001) “The Science of Arts” Principal Leadership, November, Vol. 2, No. 3, pgs. 10-16. NASSP, Reston, VA

Jensen, E. (2003) “How Julie’s Brain Learns” Cable in the Classroom, March. Pgs. 14-17.

Jensen, E.  (2006) “The Social Context of Learning” (2006) In: The Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain,

Sheryl Feinstein, ed. pgs. 452-456. Praeger, Westport, CN.

Jensen, E.  (2006) “Do Anything Better” (2006) O (Oprah) Magazine. Nov. Pg.117-118. New York, NY.

Jensen, E. (2008) “A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education” Phi Delta Kappan Magazine, February, Volume 89 • Number 6, pgs. 408-417.

2008 “Exploring Exceptional Brains” in: The Brain and Learning (intro by Kurt Fischer). Pgs. 385-404. Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint. San Francisco, CA

Jensen, E. (2008) “The Effects of Poverty on the Brain.” Paper submitted for: Brains R Us: The Science of Educating, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA. March 3, 2008

Publications  (books)

1979 You Can Succeed. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., NY.
1988, 1995, 1998, 2008 SuperTeaching.  Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1991, 1996 Student Success Secrets Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., NY.
1994 The Little Book of Big Motivation  Ballantine/Fawcett Books, NY
1994 The Learning Brain    Turning Point Publishing, Del Mar, CA
1995, 2007 2nd ed. Brain-Based Learning & Teaching (Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1996 Completing the Puzzle Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1996 Bs and As in 30 Days Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., NY.
1996 Bright Brain  (Video Enrichment Program) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1997, 2007 (2nd ed.) Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1997, 2004, 2nd ed., Brain-compatible Strategies Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1998 Trainer’s Bonanza Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1998 Sizzle & Substance Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
1998 (revised, 2005) Teaching With The Brain in Mind Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
1999 The Great Memory Book (with Karen Markowitz) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2000 Music with the Brain in Mind, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2000 Learning with the Body in Mind, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2000 Different Brains, Different Learners, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2001 Learning Smarter (with Mike Dabney) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2001 Arts with the Brain in Mind, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
2002 A New View of AD/HD.  Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2002 Environments for Learning. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2003 Tools for Engagement. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2005  Top Tunes. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2006 “7 Discoveries from Brain Research” (DVD) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2006  Enriching the Brain. Jossey-Bass/Wiley, San Francisco, CA
2008 Fierce Teaching. Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA
2008 SuperTeaching Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA
2008 Deeper Learning (w/ LeAnn Nickelsen) Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA
2009 Enriching the Brains of Poverty DVD: Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA
2009 Different Brains, Different Learners (revised ed.) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA
2009 Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
2013 Tools For Engagement DVD: Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA
2013 7 Discoveries from Brain Research that Impact Education DVD: Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA
2013 Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners, Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint. San Francisco, CA
2013 Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (August 28, 2013)
2014 Bringing the Common Core to Life in K-8 Classrooms with LeAnn Nickelsen, Solution Tree Press, IN
2016 Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change, Solution Tree Press, IN
2016 Poor Students, RichER Teaching: Mindsets for Change, Solution Tree Press, IN

Media Appearances

Jensen has appeared on over 250 television and radio stations, both domestic and international including CNN. Articles on his work appear constantly (see http://www.jensenlearning.com/news/) and have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Wall Street Journal and major educational journals such as Education Leadership, Education Week and Phi Delta Kappan.

Memberships

He’s currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, the N.Y. Academy of Sciences and is on the Advisory Board for Body, Mind and Child in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

Three Stories (out of 3,000)

From: Stephanie C.

Dear Eric:

My name is Stephanie Carter, and I attended your workshop in San Antonio these past few days. You might remember speaking to me, but I’m the one you saw in the gym, and the one who had the flower in her hair each day. I graduated from Texas State University with my BS in May of 2014, and I just completed my first year of teaching. I teach 8th grade math at Dean Middle School in Houston, TX, and it’s a Title 1 school with the majority of economically disadvantaged students who are on free/reduced breakfast and lunch. Throughout the year, I had homeless students, students get arrested, fights in my class, students I had to contact CPS for, students in the hospital, and more. Towards the end of the year, my principal invited me to go to your workshop, and I couldn’t say no. I read your book last summer as part of a book study, and I even moved around a vacation to go!

Overall, my first year of teaching was indescribable. There were many challenges and tough moments, but so many positive and wonderful moments as well. The staff at my school is amazing, and what’s truly makes the school a wonderful place to be. A lot of the kids love coming to school, and at the end of the year, there were so many tears from my students. There were strategies from you that I used throughout the year, and I loved my job the majority of the time.  

In particular, there was one student I wanted to share about.

For the majority of the first semester, nothing worked. Second semester, things started changing. He did his work, he was extremely engaged in class, when he finished he would help tutor other kids, he stayed after school to help me grade, he came to my class during lunch to get tutoring on what he missed out on the first semester, and once a week, he came to my class during my off period to play cards. We build a very strong relationship, and even his mom told me that I was the only adult he was currently listening to, and trusted, and that whatever I was doing was working. By the end of the year, he told me that math was his favorite class, and that I was his favorite teacher. On top of that, when we were discussing his plans for high school and beyond, he told me that not only did he really want to go to college, but he wanted to be a math or science teacher.

This student, and your workshop, are what make me excited to begin my second year. I learned so much and can’t wait to go back through all of my notes to pick out a few strategies and ideas to really focus on this year. Thank you for everything, and I hope to hear or see you speak again.

From: “Rebecca-E G.

Thank you for offering such a wonderful opportunity!  I am an avid follower of Jensen Learning and have attended workshops given by Eric for the last 20 years!  I was wondering if you could give Eric a message for me?

I teach 8th grade students.  This year I taught, what our campus called the double failures.  This means they failed the state reading and writing test at the 7th grade level. 

I am known on campus and by students as the “brain” teacher.  I am so proud to announce that all of my 75 students that I teach I ended up with a 95% passing rate!  Yes! 

And at that, of all the students who tested along with the ones that didn’t pass….the vast majority had an increase learning growth of up to a 1 to 2 years. 

Along with how I teach and what I have learned from Eric,

Everyday!  I like to say… it was like taming wild horses……but now, all of my students ask to read.  They love it and BRAINS HAVE CHANGED!!!! 

When I received my scores last Friday all I could think about was telling my friend Eric Jensen!

So proud and excited.  I really want him to know!

Thanks for your help with this!!!

Becky G.

Dear Eric,

Attending “Teaching with the Brain in Mind” back in 2011 was a life-turning event for me! And I am proud to say that I am fulfilling the promise I made every day in our daily peer walk: to share everything I learnt in the course with other teachers back here and to continue learning and applying “Brain-based learning” in my classes. 

In these three years since I took the course I have delivered workshops on Brain-based learning in schools and Professional Development Conferences in Buenos Aires, as well as in the provinces or Córdoba, Mendoza, Jujuy and even in Montevideo, Uruguay. I am currently attending a course on Neurosciences and Education at St. Andrew’s University, here in Buenos Aires, and I have read many of your books as well as books from other authors in this field.

 Of course, I have quoted you a trillion times in the book!!! You are by far the best teacher I have ever had! You have had such an impact in my life!!! I will be forever grateful to you and I do hope to see you again sometime!!!

Nylia M.