Eric 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 29 books including 3 bestsellers. His books include, 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 16 countries with over 65,000 graduates.
1967 - California Public Schools, graduate, San Clemente High, CA (1967)
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.
1972-1979 Private education teacher (reading and study skills for middle and high school) Wood School
1979-1982 Director, Learning Dynamics Study Skills Center
1979-1982 Adjunct faculty, University of San Diego, Education Dept.
1982-1988 Extension faculty, University of California at San Diego Education Dept.
1983-1985 Adjunct faculty, National University, Education Dept.
1982-1987 Co-founder/Educational Director of SuperCamp Residential academic enrichment skills program
1995-2009 Adjunct Faculty, San Diego State University
1996-2006 Co-founded The Brain Store (Publishing Company)
1997-present Co-founder, Jensen Learning Corp. Currently serving as President, CEO
2007-present Corporate partner Temporal Dynamics Learning Project (UCSD)
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.
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.
Jensen, E. (2001)"Fragile Brains" Educational Leadership, November 2001, Vol. 59, No. 3, Pgs. 32-36 ASCD.
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
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,
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
1983 Outstanding Young Man of America Selection
1999... San Diego Book Award for best “How-to” book “The Great Memory Book with Karen Markowitz
2000… San Diego Book Award for best "How-to" book "Different Brains, Different Learners"
Jensen has appeared on over 250 television and radio stations, both domestic and international including CNN. Articles on his work have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Wall Street Journal and major educational journals such as Education Leadership, Education Week and PDK International, Phi Delta Kappan.
He’s currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, The President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies,
NY Academy of Science, American Psychological Association and International Mind, Brain and Education Society.
Jensen is on the Advisory Board for Body, Mind and Child in Barnstead, New Hampshire
Currently Master Trainer and Consultant to the Association of Brain-based Learning in Education in Hong Kong.
This is the first long-term brain-based program focusing on classroom pedagogy in Asia
Eric and Diane both contribute time to the community in different ways. In addition, the Jensens have generously donated tens of thousands of dollars to neuroscience research at seven research sites including the President’s Club at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. This fund provides private, discretionary options enabling scientists to respond quickly to areas of greatest need without having to wait for public funding for urgent projects.