Mental Models about How we Learn and How Brains Work make all the difference


Roughly 100 billion neurons in a child's brain with trillions of connections that are as individual as each child. Teachers and parents who develop mental models as a result of basic knowledge and fundamental principles of how people learn insure a new and engaged learning environment for their children.

There are no excuses today for not having up to the minute mental models about how brain works and how children learn. Research has demonstrated the positive outcomes in classrooms, homes and in the workplace when brain aligned methodologies are carefully implemented for best results.

Pedagogical models that are aligned with how we learn and how the brain works make all the difference so that drop out numbers are eroded, high engagement is ensured, and learning with mindsets and attention is paramount.

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Our Mission

Teacher Professional development is Essential

Teachers who have mental models that include plasticity, potential and metacognitive processes are in a solid space when it comes to helping children achieve their potential. Children immediately get it that their brains are malleable. It is as easy to teach a child about brain plasticity as it is to teach about stegosaurus or other concepts that seem remote. This is the definition of learning.


02. Children need to know how their Brains work also 

When a child has a sound mental model about how neurons communicate with each other, how dendrites and axons make up the nervous system, they  have no problem getting a grip on self-regulation, motivation, social emotional development and more.


03. We Bring the Message to Parents too 

Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching and Learning is only half the battle. Parents also need to know what goes on under the hood so that they an help their children achieve their potential. Written in an accessible style, Every Child's Potential reaches many audiences whose children are finding their potential with evidence and practice to change lives. 

Timothy Kieran O'Mahony, PhD, FRGS

Chairman of the Board

Kieran is a learning scientist in cognitive neuroscience who lives in Seattle WA. Kieran earned his degree at the University of Washington LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments, the first Science of Learning center in the NSF Learning Sciences research initiative on How People Learn. His interest is in human learning with particular reference to children's potential. His research advances the field of teacher professional development in areas that are intensely meaningful for adolescent learners in school and outside.

iCNtl Board Members

Connect Neuroscience with teaching & learning & change everything

Maria Mackey-Gunn, Treasurer

Marie is Director of Real Estate for Vulcan, Inc., Seattle, WA. Responsible for negotiating all construction and permanent financing for real estate development and investment activities, involving $3.5 billion of debt to date. Marie provides real estate support to the owner, and to affiliates including Allen Institute for Brain Science, Flying Heritage Collection, MoPOP, Seattle Seahawks, and Living Computer Museum.

Institute for Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching & Learning



Children need a healthy sleep hygiene in the home so that they can be good learners in the classroom. The more they know about sleep the more sleep they will get.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma result in physical damage to neural networks.There is much evidence to show this is reversible.

Big Ideas

About Us


Children are not empty vessels to be filled with knowledge and information. Rather they are fires to be kindled. Brain is the essential ingredient.


Children's brains are the most malleable and change readily in response to environmental change. Moms and dads are critical teachers.