An author of 20 books including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice with Columbia University Teachers College Press, Marcus Conyers has inspired audiences around the world that have included ministers of education in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Ontario, Canada. He has devoted 30 years in 30 countries to codeveloping the BrainSMART® approach to connecting implications of mind, brain, and education research to practical frameworks and strategies for learning, leading and teaching. This approach has been supported by a prestigious Annenberg Challenge Grant award though Florida Atlantic University and was used for a successful Florida Department of Education three-year initiative. The success of this initiative led to the development of the M.S. and Ed.S. degree programs and the Ed.D. minor focused on Brain-Based Teaching and Leading with Nova Southeastern University. Conyers led the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Summer Institute on BrainSMART Leading for Learning®. He is coauthor of The Administrators’ Workbook for Increasing Student Achievement: BrainSMART Strategies for Leading and Teaching, a text that uses the BrainSMART process to put the NAESP Standards for Leading Learning Communities into practice.
Conyers has personally shared his practical strategies with more than 100,000 administrators and teachers who reach millions of students nationally through conferences with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Education Association, the International Reading Association, and many other educational organizations. His work has been featured on more than 600 TV and radio shows around the world. Conyers has worked with teachers, superintendents, and principals; the Army Rangers and Navy Seals through his work with the Joint Special Forces University; counter-terrorist/counter-intelligence and law enforcement agencies; and Fortune 500 companies. He is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield, where his postgraduate dissertation was on a cognitive approach to cardiovascular health promotion. He is the cofounder of the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention (CIEP) and BrainSMART. An inspiring presenter, Conyers is best known for sharing cutting-edge research and passionately modeling effective strategies for putting implications of research into practice. His mission is that by 2020 all students will be learning the learning, reading, thinking, and communication skills they need to reach their full potential, and his enthusiasm for this mission radiates through all he does.