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Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is an educational researcher from Berkeley, California. She has lived and worked professionally in Tokyo, Geneva, Lima, and Boston, and is currently in New York. She works with schools, governments and NGOs in 40 different countries and has authored nine books, multiple chapters, and dozens of academic articles, her most recent works being Bringing the Neuroscience of Learning to Online Teaching: An Educator’s Handbook (2021); Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About the Brain (2019); and The Five Pillars of the Mind: Redesigning Education to Fit the Brain (2019). She has taught the “Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health and Education” at the Harvard University Extension School since 2014, and since 2016 in a 100% online, flipped format with a synchronous meeting time.


Tokuhama-Espinosa’s research areas include improved indicators to measure educational quality; learning in the digital age; the expansion of the field of Mind, Brain and Education; paradigm changes using appropriate technologies; bilingualism and multilingualism; and the general improvement of teacher practices. Her current research focuses on changes in preschool math and pre-literacy skills based on neuroconstructivism; multilingualism; and the leveraging of technology to enhance learning experiences. She is currently writing two new books: What Do Kids Want to Know About Their Own Brains? and Think to Write, Write to Think: The Neuroscience of Writing.

She has also authored articles for UNESCO, and is a former member of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) expert panel to redefine teachers' new pedagogical knowledge, which determined that teacher education lacks information about how the brain learns and how to leverage technology to enhance student engagement in learning. 


Tokuhama-Espinosa has taught kindergarten through university and now focuses mainly on adult education. She believes that quality of education is improved through research, teacher education, and student support. She knows that teachers are the lynchpin in societal change, and that policy-makers need to be more aware of the learning sciences when making decisions in education. She is the founder of Connections: The Learning Sciences Platform, which provides free, evidence-based resources to teachers in English and Spanish (www.thelearningsciences.com). 

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, August 4
 

9:00am EDT

10:30am EDT

2:00pm EDT