Who is Dr. Eric Jensen?

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.

Vita and Background

Formal Education

1967 San Clemente High School, CA

1972 San Diego State University B.A. English (with distinction)

2010 – M.A. Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate Univ.

2014 – Ph.D. Human Development, Fielding Graduate Univ.

Workplace Experience

1972-1979 Teacher—secondary reading and study skills (Wood Private School)

1979-1982 Director, Learning Dynamics Study Skills Center

1979-1982 Adjunct Faculty, University of San Diego, Education Dept.

1982-1988 Extension faculty, UCSD

1983-1985 Adjunct faculty, National University, Education Dept.

1982-1987 Cofounder/Educational Director of SuperCamp
Residential academic enrichment skills program

1995-2006 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

Notables

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”

2018-2020 Listed among the Top Educators at GlobalGurus.org

Major Media Appearances

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.

Memberships

He’s currently a member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience, and the President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies and NY Academy of Sciences.

DVDs Produced

1996 “Bright Brain (Video Enrichment Program) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

2006 “7 Discoveries from Brain Research” (DVD) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

2009 “Enriching the Brains of Poverty” DVD: Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA

2009 “Teaching with the Brain in Mind” DVD (2-set), ASCD, Alexandria, VA

2014 “Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, DVD (2-set), ASCD, Alexandria, VA

2017 “Teaching Students with Poverty in Mind, DVD (2-set), Jensen Learning, HI

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.

1997, 2007 (2nd ed.) Intro to Brain-Compatible Learning Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

1997, 2004, 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 ASCD

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, 2009 (rev.) 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, ASCD, 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 Enriching the Brain. Jossey-Bass/Wiley, San Francisco, CA

2008 Fierce Teaching. Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA

2008 Brain-Based Learning (2nd e), Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

2008 Deeper Learning (w/ LeAnn Nickelsen) Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA

2009 Teaching with Poverty in Mind, ASCD, Alexandria, VA

2013 Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain (w/ Carole Snider), Jossey-Bass/Wiley, SF, CA

2013 Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, ASCD, Alexandria, VA

2013 Bringing the Common Core to Life in K – 8 Classrooms: 40 Strategies to Build Literacy Skills (w/ Leanne Nickelsen). Solution Tree Press, IN

2016 Poor Students, Rich Teaching, Solution Tree Press, IN

2016 Poor Students, Richer Teaching, Solution Tree Press, IN

2019 Poor Students, Rich Teaching Revised Edition, Solution Tree Press, IN

2020 Brain-Based Learning (3e with Liesl McConchie) Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA

Journal 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, Alexandria, VA

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

Jensen, E. (2010) “10 Critical Things You Should Know About Brain Based Education” Leaders of Learners, October 2010,  http://issuu.com/texas_ascd/docs/lol_10_10/24 pgs 15-22.
Jensen, E. (2011) Brain-Based Education in Action” PDK International. Dec. Vol 90, 5-7.

Jensen, E. (2013). How are kids from poverty different and what do the differences suggest we can do about it? Instructional Leadership (TEPSA) Vol 25 No 3.

McConchie, L. and Jensen, E. (2020). Teaching to the Whole Brain. Education Leadership, 77, 60-65.

“Dear Dr. Jensen 

Thank you so much for the awesome message. Our teachers have absolutely enjoyed your session and could not stop praising the message you shared.  Thank you again so much!!”
 😊  YieJe L. Professional Development Specialist, TX

“YES!  Your webinar rocked!! I am so glad you said the things you said in such a frank and straightforward way.  It was especially important for teachers to see a role model of someone who brought high energy online and taught us with passion. You employed numerous best practices to keep us engaged. It gave us immediately transferrable strategies for all teachers. Within minutes of the session concluding I was getting emails like “Eric Jensen was amazing!!!  Candice F.,School Renewal Specialist, HI

“Eric’s (webinar) session was a “must see” event. Whether teachers are presently practicing methods that are “research driven” or are considered by their peers as master teachers, Eric’s session will inform and inspire the best in us all.  Many teachers, cannot explain “WHY” they do what they do. Understanding the “HOW” to do so is a forte of Eric Jensen. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to keep my brain current in this most important profession.”  Allison M., CA

“WHAT VALUABLE INFORMATION! And, not many people could use the webinar venue as effectively as you just used it–which brings me to why I am writing you. I can only imagine what our schools would look like and how positively children would be affected if all teachers had the information you just shared. Thank you for your important work.”  Margaret R, AK