Understanding Learning for ESL Teachers

Memory Systems and the Brain

Effective Teaching
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners


This 2-day workshop is for ESL teachers. It harnesses recent neurological and physiological discoveries about how the brain works in learning.

This workshop is part of the Understanding Learning for Better Teaching Series.

The workshop explores how the effectiveness of our teaching second language learners can be maximized by:

  • Understanding the role of acculturation in information processing and storage, and learning style
  • Teaching in sync with some basic brain-and-learning principles about learning & language
  • Teaching in sync with how memory systems function in learning

Participants in this training will feel more confident about being able to understand and successfully teach struggling English learners, design more brain-compatible lessons, and help other teachers take a school-wide, long-term, developmental perspective on supporting struggling learners.

Audience and Grade Level

ESL teachers and administrators. Grades K-12.


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training and required outside work.

Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the ELL-related requirement for recertification.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Ken Pransky has been a teacher and teacher educator for 35 years in the US and abroad, teaching, coaching, and training, specializing in helping teachers work with struggling learners, including English learners.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.