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NEWSDAVID HALSTEAD (THE BRAIN GUY)
HAS RECENTLY BEEN RE-CERTIFIED AS A BRAIN BASED LEARNING COACH
 BY THE 
JENSEN LEARNING CENTRE



Hi,
1,  I'm David Halstead, B.Sc. , B.Ed., M.Ed, aka "Dave", aka "The Brain Guy".

2. Have over forty years experience in the Ed Bus, starting at Grade 1

Graduated from small but excellent college in Brandon, MB.

3. Started teaching career at a rural High School in MB . Later moved to a large Technical Institute in Saskatchewan where I went from Instructor, to Counsellor to Dean of Student Services. During that  time I  spent two and half years doing educational development work in Ghana, West Africa.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICIPANTS IN A RECENT WORKSHOP IN CANADA:-
(NAMES/LOCATIONS CHANGED FOR PRIVACY REASONS)
"THIS MAN IS BRILLIANT, CURRENT & RELEVANT.  ONCE AGAIN, THANKS, DAVID".

4. But as much as I enjoyed teaching  I was always troubled by the idea that students at any level were often required to learn the way teachers wanted to teach.  As a result many able students were turned off learning at an early age, fell through the cracks or developed behaviour problems.  I kept thinking "there has to be a better way", but I could never find it.

5. During this time I earned a Masters Degree, but if I thought I would find the answer to the nagging questions in the back of my mind about teaching and learning by getting  that degree I was disappointed.

MORE TESTIMONIALS:-
"THIS EXPLAINED TO ME WHY I WAS SEEING CERTAIN THINGS IN MY STUDENTS.  VERY HELPFUL"

6.In 1993 became the Director of Admissions at the largest University in Manitoba.  Five years later the University "reorganized" itself - and me.

7. It was a shock but re-organization leads to revitalization. I heard about a new style of teaching/learning which was innovative, different, exciting and science based.  Intrigued, I went to Boston for a 6 day course in Brain Based Learning and during the course the light bulbs came on for me, the "Wow" and "AHA" moments were coming thick and fast and I returned home convinced that the nagging questions I'd had about teaching and learning were being answered.  The concept is so simple and yet made so much sense.

8.  It was obvious  to me that the science connecting brain development to learning had to be explored further and brought to the attention of and included in the skill set of teachers and administrators at all levels and throughout the world. Thus in 1998 Brain Power Learning Group was born.

STILL MORE TESTIMONIALS:-
GLAD I CHOSE THIS COURSE EVEN THOUGH I HAD SIGNED UP FOR ANOTHER ONE.  I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO HIS NEXT COURSES.  VERY EDUCATIONAL AS WELL AS ENTERTAINING.  GOOD JOB, DAVID. THANKS.

9. I am constantly researching the subject because every week brings a new discovery, new research that can be applied to the classroom.  These new findings lead to new solutions and more "wow" for teachers and "aha" feelings for students.  In addition I spend time developing workshops, teleclasses, writing books, articles and  an email Newsletter.

10.In the last 11 years this work has taken us around the world speaking to teachers, administrators and parents across Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore about how they can make learning and teaching easier and more effective.

11. For the last few years my research has focussed on Behaviour problems, especially Violent, Aggressive students with an emphasis on  Bullying.  I have been able to identify 9 distinct bully types each with its own reasons for this anti social behaviour and recommending strategies for dealing with each type and solutions for the problem.

12. Today, I give In House workshops to Schools, School Districts, Educational Institutions and Corporate Clients and through BPLG we also run our own workshops.   I am currently working on plans for a series of Teleclasses for Parents & Teachers, a new book on "The Teenage Brain" and individual telephone or email consultations for Teachers and Parents.
We are passionate about our our jobs and we love meeting new people around the world as we spread the word about Teaching, Learning and the Brain.

(A little story, while on our way to Boston for a "Learning and the Brain" conference at Harvard a post grad student said to my wife "That's a funny thing to have a conference on. WHAT'S LEARNING GOT TO DO WITH THE BRAIN?"
This is, in a nutshell, what I am trying  to explain,  

Learning  has everything to do with the Brain!

Drawing on over 35 years of experience (High School, College & University Levels) Dave Halstead, M.Ed understands the situation today's teachers find themselves in and the problems they face.  All BPLG's resourses are designed with YOU, the teacher, parent in mind, knowing that his combination of experience, study and research can help you! 
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©Copyright: Brain Power Learning Group, 2009.  All Rights Reserved.









       David Halstead, M.Ed

David is the author of three books:-
      1)  “The Bully Around the Corner:
 Changing Brains ­ Changing Behaviours” 
which is written for every educator in every school.
"The Bully Around the Corner;
Changing Brains - Changing Behaviours"
evolved from over five years of workshop activity
and studying brain research.  The overriding challenge

 
is to give people the tools to create specific solutions
to specific problems.  Case studies are presented to
help the reader focus on the problem he or she faces
  rather than a "one size fits all" single solution for  the  issue of
BULLYING whereever and whenever it occurs.
 

schoolyard bully
adult bully
.
                              
   2) "Putting the Brain into the Classroom -
 39 Brain Facts and 231 Teaching Strategies"

 which achieved Best Seller status on McNally Robinson
 Booksellers' Best Seller list and has been selling
 world-wide since its publication,
"Putting the Brain Into the Classroom..." 
 is now in its fourth printing.

3)  David  Halstead is the lead author of  "Make It Happen", a career development program which incorporates neuroscience and other research, counseling  experience, real life stories, knowledge building exercises and practical advice.  

All articles & books can be classified as Self Help books with a difference - they work!
David has also contributed two articles to
"The Praeger Handbook of Learning and the  Brain"  edited by  Sheryl Feinstein,
two volume set  ISBN 0-313-33265-7.  Published by Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT.   $200.00 US

Other media outlets to which David has contributed include:- 
the Jan '03 edition of "Training" , a national  US publication,
a programme aired on the largest Spanish speaking TV network in the US,
 the "South China Morning Post " , {Hong Kong},
  Agweb.com, a web site for the farming community, 
the August 2003 issue of Redbook magazine.
The newsletter for the "Council for Exceptional Children".
The Galveston Times,
The Washington Post and 
The Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio.
 
Eric Jensen of the Jensen Learning Corp. says" Today there are over 31,000 neuroscientists world-wide.  Of these approximately 6% or 1,860 study the brain's chemistry.  Of those, less than 30 in the world actually investigate the practical applications that {teachers & trainers} could use in {their} daily work. ... most scientists don't actually "connect the dots" linking neuroscience and ... work in a classroom"

N.B. David Halstead M.Ed, founder of Brain Power Learning Group, says "I'm not a neuroscientist, but I am actively engaged in "connecting the dots" to benefit everyone involved in the teaching/learning process."

"You made me feel that I can make a difference".
Conference participant, San Antonio, TX

David's M.Ed is in Curriculum and Instruction with a thesis on Educational Evaluation. This background has proved invaluable in tying together the multiple aspects of brain development to the aspects of learning both academic and behavioural.

In his workshops "David walks the talk". Participants not only get to hear and see the material they get to discuss it and experience it in a variety of other ways.
The emotional "wow" and the intellectual "ah ha" are heard in every presentation.

"David has a strong grasp of the essentials that he presents. He relates closely to the audience and delivers his message extremely effectively"
   M.S., New Zealand

David, as founder & lead presenter of Brain Power Learning Group, has given workshops from coast to coast to coast in Canada, several states in the US and in Singapore.  He has also presented workshops in New Zealand and Australia.
Clients include schools, school divisions, Universities, Technical Colleges, teacher associations and Professional Development organizations as well as businesses and the Canadian Royal Military College.
His presentations include classroom workshops, Conference Keynote Speaker//Session Leader etc.   David is planning to introduce a series of teleclasses shortly.

David's workshop participants have included educators and students from all Canadian Provinces and Territories, from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

PARTICIPANTS IN A WORKSHOP IN SAN ANTONIO,TX., SAY:-
"Best presentation I attended at the Expo"
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" 5/5 Very good content - I enjoyed your presentation especially the information about bullies in school."



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