NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Engaging Tweens And Teens Brain-Compatible Approaches to Reach Middle & High School Students

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $365

Class Offered Through Teachers Learning Center

Course Description:

This course examines new brain learning research findings and how they work with psychology. It looks at brain mapping, environment and genetic effects. How the brain goes through a variety of changes during adolescence is explained. The use of technology, computers, cell phones and other devices has changed how the brain is programmed and how adolescents in today‚Äôs society have changed.  Strategies for engaging student in learning are presented to assist teachers and school administrators to improve academic performance. Educators will research the topic of teen brain and social development write and application essay or a project activity for implementation.  


1.  Educators will review the new findings in brain research that explain how the brain learns, make new connections and how our thinking is changed through brain plasticity.   

2.  Participants will be presented with the various changes that the brain makes during adolescence and explore how technology and the media have changed how the brain functions with the new generations of students. 

3.  Educators will learn about making material meaningful, how emotions affect the brain and learning as well as how stress affects the brain and body.

4.  Participants will explore techniques for managing student psychological states in order to engage them in learning and help them to recall and apply knowledge.

5.  Educators will research this topic as it applies to student choices regarding drugs, promiscuity, and alcohol as well as to their broader decision-making abilities.


Engaging Tweens & Teens: A Brain Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle & High School students by Raleigh Philp. (2007) Corvin Press: London UK. 310 pages

About The Instructor

Joseph C'de Baca
Joseph C'de Baca

Joseph C'de Baca earned his M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix, Denver, CO in Educational Administration. He earned his BA in Industrial Technology from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Joseph is a former Social Studies and Industrial Technology teacher for 15 years.



**Registration Instructions:

Registration for Teacher's Learning Center (TLC) classes will take you to the registration form on the TLC website. Be sure to indicate you want the credit from NDSU.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided. Use the Cancel Registration Form to cancel your registration for an NDSU Distance and Continuing Education class. 

**Register Now