Brain sciences and classroom practices

2nd Workshop on Mind, Brain, and Education in Africa


27 and 28 May 2019

Based on the latest research on learning and the brain, ITSI once again presents a workshop based on what we know from the insights on cognitive neurosciences.

In 2018, ITSI hosted the first ever workshop on Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) in Africa. The two-day workshop featured the internationally acclaimed facilitators and authors, Glenn Whitman and Dr Ian Kelleher from the Centre for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) in Maryland, USA. It was presented in the form of a hands-on, interactive workshop, attended by 200 educators, school leaders, and education specialists.

Following on the success of the 2018 event, ITSI will host another workshop in 2019 that will explore the latest findings on neuroscience research and its relation to education. We ask the question: how do people learn and what can we do to improve learning?

We Explore

Classroom organising and management

Lesson planning


Managing learner stress

Preparing learners for the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution

Improving learner outcomes

During the two-day workshop, educators learn and deliberate on practical classroom implications to immediately improve learning outcomes.

Attendees Can Expect

MBE website image_GLENN (2)

The improvement of the state of knowledge – and dialogue between – education and the developmental and cognitive sciences

The development of educators’ ability to know, apply, conduct and lead their school in the most innovative thinking

An introduction to tools that can improve teacher quality and student achievement

The workshop is aimed at school teachers, educators, TVET and University lecturers who want to actively deploy Mind, Brain, and Education in their classroom.

Our Speakers

Daisy Pellant: Director of the Peter Clark Center (PCC)

Dr. Daisy Pellant is the Director of the Peter Clark Center (PCC) for Mind, Brain, and Education at Breck School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The PCC works faculty to reach every student with the goal of creating confident lifelong learners.

Students are supported to understand learning and themselves as learners, families are engaged in supporting their children as learners, and faculty are inspired to develop expertise in pedagogy aligned with current neuroscience.

Daisy holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, and in Mind, Brain, and Education. The latter, she received from Harvard University where she taught alongside Dr. Kurt Fisher, founder of the international MBE Society.

She has been a presenter, featured speaker, and trainer around the world as she and her educator husband, RM, worked in independent and international schools in the Caucasus, Middle East, Asia, and the United States. They are the parents of four spirited children, aged 13-21, and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Dr Lieb Liebenberg: Academic and CEO: ITSI

Lieb became involved with teaching and research while initially studying Electonic Engineering and thereafter Social Sciences and Theology.

As part of this Doctoral dissertation at the Alexander von Humboldt Universitat in Berlin, Lieb did the majority of his work on second generation cognitive linguistics, which laid the foundation for much of the cognitive science which informs the current development of the ITSI Solution.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The event in 2018 was sold out. #MBEafrica19 promises to be just as successful whilst remaining interactive and intimate.

Should your company be interested in sponsoring the event and/or a delegate, please click on the button below and complete the information form.

We proudly welcome the following sponsors on board








The Capital Menlyn Maine
194 Bancor Ave
Menlyn, Pretoria
South Africa

Please note, there is a free shuttle service available between the Hatfield Gautrain station and the Capital Hotel.

What others had to say

“The program was innovative and I enjoyed to affirm everything I knew. It was very motivating to see others do what we do in our classrooms and to add to my knowledge on these topics! I was so motivated to just exceed expectations after the workshop.”

“I was truly intrigued and empowered by the cutting edge knowledge presented to us in a fun and interactive manner.”

“The programme was stimulating and interactive. The presenters were inspiring and clearly knowledgeable in their field. Apart from being better equipped as a teacher, the seminar also re-invigorated me as a person and replenished much of my exhausted energy supply. It was immensely fulfilling to spend two days with like-minded educators in such a creative, safe environment.”