Brain frames training

Take it online

Get more from your students than you ever thought possible.

Who's it for?

K-12 speech-language pathologists and educators who want to be even more effective with students who are muddled up.

If you want proven tools for helping students with listening, speaking, reading, writing, critical thinking, and learning, then this is for you.

What is it?

Our unique course design introduces you to new concepts, connects you with like-minded peers to learn together, helps you see how to make the ideas work with the students you teach, and provides you with tons of feedback.

You won’t just plunk through a bunch of boring slides on your own or drown in a bunch of theory.

How does it work?

through four learning modules on your own

online with an instructor to go deeper and practice new concepts

for using the week’s concepts with your own students and curriculum

everyone improves

Here's how each week is structured

Live online classes meet each Monday at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. We ask when you register what time zone you live in. If we have a cohort of 10 who enroll from a different time zone, we will happily accommodate your waking and working hours.

We cannot guarantee this for all courses, as we never know in advance who will enroll from where. If you don’t want to take a chance, invite a group of colleagues from your time zone to enroll with you!

The learning modules

Where did Brain Frames come from?
Comparing & Contrasting and Showing Connections

What they do, how to make them, and ways to use them

Sequencing and Showing Causes & Effects

What they do, how to make them, and ways to use them

Telling and Categorizing

What they do, how to make them, and ways to use them

Using the right tool at the right time for the
right reasons

What’s possible when you use all six Brain Frames together

In just 30 days,you will

Learn how brains organize information and rely on patterns for sharing ideas and learning.

Learn what each Brain Frame is, how to use it, and how to teach it to students to meet your instructional objectives.

Design your own lessons using all six Brain Frames together as a comprehensive set of visual tools for teaching.

Brain frames help educators get more from their students

Here’s what they say:

"It doesn’t matter what I’m teaching, Brain Frames always find a way into my lessons. Students do so much better when they can see how concepts connect. I do too!"

Lisa M., English Montreal School Board, Canada

"We adopted Brain Frames school-wide 15 years ago. Having an easy way to make language stand still has transformed the way our teachers teach and our students learn."

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, Executive Director, Summit School, Maryland

"Something magical happens when students can see their ideas. They have so much more to say!"

Loretta G., Northwest Speech Language, Washington DC

Years of research and development

has shown that there are ways to help disorganized students – IF you fill in the blanks that are missing for them.

Once you know the patterns of language in Brain Frames, you’ll start seeing them everywhere. You can help your students

Imagine a classroom...

where students have tools they can use to get ideas out of their heads in an organized way and share what they know about themselves and the world around them.

educators who use brain frames have that classroom.

You can too!
July 10 - August 6, 2021
June 11, 2021

Want more nitty-gritty details?

Frequently Asked Questions about the Brain Frames Training

The Training
What technology is required? website for accessing content, submitting projects, and offering peer feedback
Zoom: online meeting for live instruction and group practice
Slack: free app for real-time communication with our Coaching Team and collaboration with classmates

Does Dr. Bonnie Singer personally teach the course?

Yes. She created the content, will be with you through video, and will take you through each Brain Frame herself in the learning modules. She also will join you and your instructor in one of the live online classes.

Who are the other instructors?

Our in-house Coaching Team has extensive experience with teaching Brain Frames not only to students of all ages and ability levels, but also to other SLPs and educators.

Who are my classmates?

The Brain Frames course is for SLPs and educators working K-12 students. Your class will consist mostly of general and special education teachers as well as speech-language pathologists. You may also have an occupational therapist and/or school psychologist in your class. If your job is to help students do better in school, this training is for you.

How are the learning modules structured?

We believe in the power of multi-sensory instruction, so we present new concepts to you in lots of ways: written text, recorded video, and real-time modeling of how to create Brain Frames within PowerPoint presentations. Learning modules also include links that direct you to readings and other sources you can access online. The learning modules are asynchronous but packed with direct instruction.

How do I get the most out of the learning modules?

It’s best to work through each module with paper and pen nearby. As you watch and learn each Brain Frame, draw each one yourself. You need to physically create Brain Frames (like with your own hands) in order to get comfortable with them.

Each module leaves you with ideas for practicing on your own. Do that. It’s the only way you’ll find out where you’re confused.

Can I get graduate course credit, CEUs, or PDPs for this?

Architects For Learning is not an registered provider of ASHA Continuing Education Units. BUT, don’t fret, SLPs. You can still count your work here toward your CEU requirements if you are audited. If you are an SLP, we will send you a certificate at the end that reflects 1.5 CMHs. You can use this to fulfill your certification maintenance requirements.

We are an approved provider of Professional Development by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If you are an educator and successfully complete the Brain Frames Core Training, we will send a certificate reflecting 15 professional development points.

The commitment
How much time can I expect to spend each week?

The learning modules provide instruction asynchronously, which will take roughly a couple of hours to get through. You can split it up if you need to, and you have several days to go through the material. The first learning module is the longest, so once you get past that one, the others will go more quickly.

Class meets live for 90 minutes each Monday, then the remaining work (a project and peer feedback) will take another couple-ish more hours.

So in all, each week will require roughly 5 to 6 hours of your time, spread out over the whole week.

Can I share the course materials with my other colleagues?

You will receive a packet of materials before the course kicks off. In that packet are guidelines that detail what you can and cannot do with material that is published and copyrighted by Architects For Learning. Read it. In the event that you have additional questions we didn’t address there, just contact us. We’ll guide you.

Can I put Brain Frames online for my students?

Yes, but not in a location that can be accessed by the public. See the above-mentioned guidelines for, well, guidelines.

Will anyone use my work elsewhere?

If it’s awesome, we might want to show other educators and brag about how awesome you are and it is. If there are names or identifying information, they will be removed.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept payment via Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. If a school is paying your tuition and cannot provide a credit card, we require a purchase order. Please contact us directly at [email protected] to make payment arrangements.

Can I get documentation to be reimbursed by my employer?

If your school or organization is willing to reimburse you for the tuition, save a copy of your payment receipt when you enroll. Upon successful completion of the course, we will provide you with a certificate that you can submit to your school or organization along with your proof of payment.

What’s included in the tuition?

Tuition covers all aspects of the course as well as materials, which will be shipped to you roughly a week in advance.

Do you offer payment plans?

We do not offer payment plans. Payment in full is due at the time of enrollment.

What if something happens to me and I can’t finish?

We realize that doing life means you’ll encounter unexpected emergencies and stressors. If you hit a setback part way through that prevents you from completing the course, we will defer you to a future class.

What is your refund policy?

Tuition is non-refundable. If you enroll and find that you cannot start or complete the course due to unforeseen events, we will defer you to a class that starts at a later date.

Plus this
What happens after?

As a graduate of the Brain Frames online course, you are welcome to join our Brain Frames Alumni group, which we affectionately refer to as our BFA. Also, as an alumnus, you are eligible to further your expertise with Brain Frames by taking additional online Master Classes.

We’ll give you more information about both of these when you finish.

Where can I find you on social media?

We love hearing from you and hope to continue our dialogue with you for years to come. You can find us on:

Don’t be a stranger!
The short answer to all these questions is yes
  • Can I enroll if I speak English and live outside of the United States?
  • Will this be relevant if I teach Kindergarten or college?
  • Should I enroll if I am a school psychologist or OT?
  • Can I take this course while working full time?
  • Can I enroll with one or more of my colleagues?
  • Should I enroll if I am just starting out in my career
The Training
  • Do I have to show up for each live class?
  • Do I have to have my camera on in class?
  • Is the group work important?
  • Do I have to give other people feedback?
  • Can I do this if I don’t have much teaching experience?
  • Will this be relevant if I’ve been teaching for a gazillion years?
  • Will trained coaches give me feedback on my work?
  • Can I ask questions if I’m stuck or confused?
  • Will I be able to talk to Bonnie Singer?
The Commitment
  • Does this really take a whole month?
  • Can I teach Brain Frames to students as I learn them?
  • Will I use Brain Frames forever?
  • Can I pay with a credit card?
  • Can my school pay my tuition?
  • Will I have a way to stay connected to my classmates?
  • Are there more classes I can take?

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