NEERO 2020 Keynote Address

Emotions for Learning: From Research to Practice
Session Chair: Allison Posey, CAST






Research on the brain shows that learning does not happen without emotion. How can educators
apply this research in their day-to-day preparations and interactions with learners, especially in
the context of higher education? In this keynote, we will discuss research about how the brain's
emotion networks are critical to learning and cognition. We will discuss strategies, including
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), that can be integrated into our daily routines and practices to
support rigorous, meaningful learning opportunities for all learners. Through interactive
discussions and case examples, we will reflect on how to design inclusive learning environments
that support the variability of learners in our contexts.

Allison Posey is a national leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design
for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to
integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices so that
all students are able to access, integrate and become expert learners. Prior to coming to
CAST, Allison was a life science teacher in high school and community college settings -and still
teaches courses at Lasell University. She received a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from
Harvard Graduate School of Education and is author of Engage the Brain: How to design for
learning that taps into the power of emotions (ASCD, 2018) and Unlearning: Change your beliefs
and your practice with UDL (CAST Publishing, 2020).