David A. Sousa, Ed. D.
Author, How the Brain Learns
Former School Superintendent
David Sousa is an international educational consultant. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops on brain research and science education in hundreds of schools districts and at several colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Sousa received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater. He later acquired his master of arts in teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University.
Dr. Sousa’s teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught junior and senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, and was Supervisor of Instruction for the West Orange, NJ schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University, and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. He was president of the National Staff Development Council in 1992. Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris, France, and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva and Vienna.
Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published numerous books and articles in leading educational journals on staff development, science education and brain research, including several books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. Among his most well-known books are How the Brain Learns, How the Special Needs Brain Learns, How the Gifted Brain Learns, How the Brain Learns to Read, and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2007. His book The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead today’s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.
Dr. Sousa has received numerous awards from professional associations and school districts for his commitment and contributions to research, staff development, and science education. Among these are the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate in education from Bridgewater (Mass) State College.
He has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research.