Download FREE NED Challenge Resources

With 40 years of evidence based research behind it, the NED Challenge Board uses a neural model designed to motivate students with critical thinking and collaboration.

The NED Learning Kit includes all of the resources that you need in order to use the NED Learning Model in your classroom!

  1. The NED Challenge Board: An evidence-based, hands-on teaching model, effective at increasing student engagement while facilitating learning with deep understanding. It’s easy to use, provides meaningful structure, and will get your students talking!
  2. The PowerPoint Guide: The PowerPoint Guide follows the NED Challenge Board in a format that can be projected so all members of a class can see
  3. The Quick Start Guide: This guide will help get you started on your own NED-based lesson. It includes all the information about how to design and facilitate lessons using the other NED resources
  4. Scribe Notes: This handout provides structure to group notes during a NED-based lesson and combines thoughts and ideas from all members of a group
  5. NED Notes: Printable simple to use worksheets for your learners to use during lessons. These will help your students organize their open-ended thoughts and ideas as they progress through the NED Model

What teachers and students are saying

“…it’s interesting. Labeling and stratification goes away. Children think about their potential, about how their brain works and even when they slip back into the old routine of thinking they are no good at reading or math, they catch themselves and realize that they are stepping out of the model.” --- Elementary teacher

"…Ned heads are fun. I never fall behind and can easily keep up with my friends because we are all working together to finish the challenge.” --- Elementary student

The NED Learning Journey

Moving from a fixed mindset....

Living in the information age we are often inundated with an amount of data that can boggle the mind. Pair this with an outdated twentieth century model of education and the problem becomes exacerbated.

K12 educators are often hindered by the following:

  • entrenched legacy systems and thinking
  • old paradigms supporting inappropriate processes and practices
  • outdated models that feed siloed thinking and biased mindsets
  • regurgitating trainers instead of instigators of innovation a growth mindset

Neuroscience is your classroom currency for disruptive innovation and scaled learning which results in:

  • enhanced group dynamics
  • collaborative environment for collective innovation
  • insight into how to scale our learning together
  • understanding how to enhance group and individual thinking power
  • disrupt old paradigms that slow the learning process
  • evidence based research used to develop new training models and platforms

The NED Learning Principles

Neural Plasticity Makes Us Who We Are

A deep understanding of neural plasticity is essential so that we can reach our full potential.

Stress Prevents Learning

Awareness of stress and knowledge of resilience is a critical skill in twenty-first century living.

Neurotransmitters Are Key to Learning

Dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters help us stay motivated and engaged in learning.

Potential Rather Than Measurement

Every student has the right to reach their true potential through learning.

Intelligence is Not Fixed

Each student can grow their intelligence with knowledge and perseverance.

Mindset is Essential

Students can enhance their thinking by moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

The NED Initiative

Engage, Share, Learn. Join colleagues and thought leaders in a learning space where neuroscience connects with teaching and learning.

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The NED Heads

The team behind NED Learning.

Missy Widmann

Neural Educator

Scott Shepherd

User Experience Director and Product Strategist

Stephen Morrissey

Technical Strategist and Program Manager

Joseph Morrissey

Software Engineer and Tester

Daniel Doctor

Marketing and Data Consultant

Timothy Kieran O'Mahony

Neuroscientist and Researcher in the Learning Sciences

The NED Learning Community

How we are making a difference

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The 2017 Pathfinder Award Goes to....

Timothy Kieran O’Mahony, PhD. of the UW Life Center and ICNTL, LLC has been awarded the 2017 Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa’s Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Award reflects the imagery on the Phi Beta Kappa key, a hand pointing to the stars. It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach. Kieran was selected for this award ... read more

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