Professional Development Courses for Teachers and Educators

Brain Power Academy specializes in online professional development for teachers. Our PowerPD and Brain Bite courses empower you with new skills and tools for social-emotional teaching and distance learning based on the latest scientific research. Grow your skills to reach your students!

All learners will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours upon completion of a Power PD unit.

“The Brain Power Academy’s PowerPD’s have been a great way to earn PD on my own time and at my own pace in the comfort of my home. There are also many deals offered to lower the cost. During these unprecedented times, both time and money are at a minimum, so I appreciate these PD opportunities.”
Kelly Mulvehill
Attleboro Public School
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 5.0 rating

Online Professional Development Courses for Teachers that are actually engaging!

Most online professional development courses are dry and boring. Watching hours of videos is especially hard when you’re managing distractions.

Brain Power Academy is different. Rather than offering lectures, we created lessons that engage you through interactive features such as click-through videos, quizzes, and activities, all while learning at your own pace!

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Online Professional Development Courses for Teachers that are actually engaging!

Brain Power Academy is an approved provider of Professional Development in Special Education and Comprehensive Health. Our courses are designed to help you grow in your profession and guide all of your students to reach their full potential.

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Professional Development Courses

Our teacher professional development courses are developed by neuroscientists, doctors, and education experts with an emphasis on the scientific research behind the logic. We understand the difficulties educators are facing due to COVID-19, and our courses are created with remote access in mind. Learn how to reach your students digitally.

Only $12.50/month

All-Access Pass

Pay one price, get unlimited access to ALL of our content, including:

  • ALL full PD Courses
  • ALL “Brain Bites”
  • ALL “Power-Up” live events
  • ALL Webinars

PowerPD

PowerPD are long-form courses for teachers that each provide 10 Professional Development credit-hours.

Distance Learning for Special Education:
Tips & Hacks

Learn how to best use digital tools and techniques in distance learning for special education (SPED) students in this online.

$49  $25

IEP Goal Tracking: Remote and In-Person

Learn to use virtual tools and strategies in our online course for teachers of special education students. Explore IEP goal tracking/progress.

$49  $25

SEL and Distance Learning: Empowering Your Students

Learn strategies and tools for your students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and distance learning in this professional development.

$49  $25

Stress Management:
For Teachers & Their Students

Learn practical, scientific ways to reduce anxiety in our online course for educators. Discover new stress management techniques.

$49  $25

Brain Bites – Coming Soon

Brain Bites are short courses— just one hour or less— focused on a specific topic. 
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Brain Bite: How to Talk to Students About Scary News and Difficult Topics

Explore tips and tools to use with your students to discuss controversial news topics and social issues in this one-hour micro-PD.

Brain Bite: Tapping Into Student Motivation

This one hour Brain Bite will provide you with strategies to keep your students motivated in any learning environment!

Brain Bite: Engaging Students with ADHD

This one hour Brain Bite will provide you with tools and strategies to keep students with ADHD engaged in any setting!

BENEFITS

Outcomes and value for teachers

  • Practical courses to meet the needs of a variety of student populations
  • Course topics that address the real-world needs of you and your students
  • Ready-to-use strategies to apply with your students in any learning environment
  • Time-saving tools and tips for classroom and remote learning

Testimonials

{So far, this PD one has been the most useful to me in my professional growth and provided the most relevant information and resources I can bring into my school immediately.
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Mia Palmer
Special Education Teacher Baltimore County Public Schools
{The Brain Power Academy's PowerPD's has been a great way to earn PD on my own time and at my own pace in the comfort of my home. There are also many deals offered to lower the cost. During these unprecedented times, both time and money are at a minimum, so I appreciate these PD opportunities.
5
Kelly Mulvehill
Teacher Attelboro Public Schools
{Very informative PD's!
4
Johanna Pichardo
Paraprofessional City of New York Public Schools
{'Stress Management: For Teachers and Their Students' is a great resource for learning about stressors-- how they affect students and myself-- and ways to combat stress so that we all have better experiences!
4
Crystal Brown
Teacher Triton Central
{This is such an informative, applicable, and fun PD!
4
Ashley VanEarden
Teacher Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

4.5/5 average star rating from teachers across the country!

Methodology

Practical Online Professional Development

Social-emotional Learning (SEL)

Special needs students thrive under SEL. Our lessons focus on strategies that inform educators how to encourage students to be successful.

Rooted in Brain Science

Our courses are developed by neuroscientists, doctors, and education experts with an emphasis on the scientific research behind the logic.

Interactive

Rather than offering lectures, we created lessons that engage you through interactive features such as click-through videos, quizzes, and activities.

Distance Learning

With the difficulties educators are facing due to COVID-19, our courses are created with remote access in mind. Learn how to reach your students digitally.

Testimonials

Brenda Morrow
{Brain Power Academy is a great way to keep your mind sharp!
Ana Rodriguez
{I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge from the professionals in Brain Power Academy. As an assistant teacher I continue to learn about and improve on strategies presented in these professional development courses. This helps me take the instruction from theory to actuality & to put it in action, especially during this COVID-19 critical season. Thank you for providing tools that help us to help reach our students and families during this most difficult time.
Annette Dahlberg
{I loved that this lesson was full of practical applications that can make a difference for my students!

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Ned T. Sahin, PhD

Harvard and MIT Neuroscientist: CEO of Brain Power, LLC

Dr. Sahin was trained in neuroscience at Harvard, MIT and Oxford. His academic work has been published in journals such as Science and Nature Neuroscience, and his PhD dissertation won the prize for the best dissertation across all departments at Harvard that year. At MIT, he won several teaching prizes. Dr. Sahin founded Brain Power, LLC to bring neuroscience ideas and technological innovations to people with special challenges who can directly benefit from them the most

Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Vahabzadeh is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and psychiatry. He is the former Chair of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. Dr. Vahabzadeh has published extensively in clinical neuroscience and neurobiology, and has over 20 awards, including from the APA and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Neha Keshav, PhD

Chief of Staff Director of Research

Dr. Keshav completed her PhD and postdoc in neuroscience with a concentration and special interest in autism. She has also worked at a neurotechnology startup and thus brings industry as well as academic experience, in addition to her will-do and winning attitude. She superintends all scientific research at Brain Power as well as all government grants

Dr. Rafiq Abdus-Sabur, M.Ed.

Director of Education

A scholar, former educator, and edu-tech entrepreneur, Rafiq is a Boston-area native and understands the real nature of our educational system. His graduate studies at Harvard gave him a theory-based toolset for educating those with special needs, grounded by his real-world and practical experience with the nuances of the educational system in action

Michelle Donahue, M.Ed.

Experienced Educator

Michelle brings to Brain Power 10 years of inclusion-model classroom experience in Massachusetts public schools. She has extensive experience with curriculum design (Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). For the past two decades, Michelle has worked with children in some capacity, and now combines her passion for helping students succeed with her enthusiasm for EdTech innovation

James Coleman, B.S

Lab Manager

James joined the Brain Power team after graduating from Northeastern University in 2020 with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. In addition to his studies, James was actively involved in neuroscience research on-campus, as well as at Harvard Medical School studying topics ranging from learning & memory, sleep & depression, and the effects of cannabis on the brain. He brings a methodical and research-focused mindset to his work at Brain Power where he is involved with operational duties and new product development.

Develop your Professional Skills

We will help you unlock your inner potential so you can excel in your field.

Ultimate Distance Training

Learn to use all the related tools, and skills you need to become effective remotely as you are in the classroom.
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