Professional Development for Teachers

Brain Power Academy specializes in online professional development for teachers. Our PowerPD and Brain Bite courses empower you with new skills and tools for social-emotional teaching and remote learning based on the latest scientific research. Grow your skills to reach your students!

All learners will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours upon completion of a PowerPD unit
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"'Stress Management: For teachers and their students' is a great resource for learning about stressors— how they affect students and myself— and ways to combat stress so that we all have better experiences!"
Crystal Brown
Northwestern Consolidated School District
     | 4.7 rating

"So far, this PD one has been the most useful to me in my professional growth and provided the most relevant information and resources I can bring into my school immediately."
Mia Palmer
Baltimore County Public Schools
      | 4.75 rating

Online Professional Development Courses for Teachers that are actually engaging!

Most online professional development courses are dry and boring. Watching hours of videos is especially hard when you’re managing distractions.

Brain Power Academy is different. Rather than offering lectures, we created lessons that engage you through interactive features such as click-through videos, quizzes, and activities, all while learning at your own pace!


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Professional Development Courses

Our teacher professional development courses are developed by neuroscientists, doctors, and education experts with an emphasis on the scientific research behind the logic. We understand the difficulties educators are facing due to COVID-19, and our courses are created with remote access in mind. Learn how to reach your students digitally.
Only $12.50/month

All-Access Pass

Pay one price, get unlimited access to ALL of our content, including:
  • ALL full PD courses
  • ALL "Brain Bites"
  • ALL "Power-Up" live events
  • ALL webinars


PowerPD are long-form courses for teachers that each provide 10 Professional Development credit-hours.

Brain Bites

Brain Bites are short courses— just one hour or less— focused on a specific topic. 

Power Up Live Events

Power up Live are like live webinars that we host so we can answer questions in realtime and get community participation. 

Outcomes and value for teachers

You get:
  • Practical courses to meet the needs of a variety of student populations
  • Course topics that address the real-world needs of you and your students
  • Ready-to-use strategies to apply with your students in any learning environment
  • Time-saving tools and tips for classroom and remote learning

Practical Online Professional Development

Social-emotional Learning (SEL)

Special needs students thrive under SEL. Our lessons focus on strategies that inform educators how to encourage students to be successful.


Rather than offering lectures, we created lessons that engage you through interactive features such as click-through videos, quizzes, and activities.

Rooted in Brain Science

Our online professional development courses are developed by neuroscientists, doctors, and education experts with an emphasis on the scientific research behind the logic.

Distance Learning

With the difficulties educators are facing due to COVID-19, our courses are created with remote access in mind. Learn how to reach your students digitally.

Highly Rated by Teachers Across the Country

     | 4.5/5 average star rating

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge from the professionals in Brain Power Academy. As an assistant teacher I continue to learn about and improve on strategies presented in these professional development courses. This helps me take the instruction from theory to actuality & to put it in action, especially during this covid-19 critical season. Thank you for providing tools that help us to help & reach our students and families during this most difficult time.
Anna Rodriguez
I loved that this lesson was full of practical applications that can make a difference for my students!
Annette Dahlberg
This is such an informative, applicable, and fun PD!
Ashley VanEarden

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Ned T. Sahin, PhD
Harvard and MIT Neuroscientist; CEO of Brain Power, LLC
Dr. Sahin was trained in neuroscience at Harvard, MIT and Oxford. His academic work has been published in journals such as Science and Nature Neuroscience, and his PhD dissertation won the prize for the best dissertation across all departments at Harvard that year. At MIT, he won several teaching prizes. Dr. Sahin founded Brain Power, LLC to bring neuroscience ideas and technological innovations to people with special challenges who can directly benefit from them the most.
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Vahabzadeh is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and psychiatry. He is the former Chair of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. Dr. Vahabzadeh has published extensively in clinical neuroscience and neurobiology, and has over 20 awards, including from the APA and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Neha Keshav, PhD
Chief of Staff Director of Research
Dr. Keshav completed her PhD and postdoc in neuroscience with a concentration and special interest in autism. She has also worked at a neurotechnology startup and thus brings industry as well as academic experience, in addition to her will-do and winning attitude. She superintends all scientific research at Brain Power as well as all government grants.
Dr. Rafiq Abdus-Sabur, M.Ed.
Director of Education
A scholar, former educator, and edu-tech entrepreneur, Rafiq is a Boston-area native and understands the real nature of our educational system. His graduate studies at Harvard gave him a theory-based toolset for educating those with special needs, grounded by his real-world and practical experience with the nuances of the educational system in action.
Michelle Donahue, M.Ed.
VP of Education and Online Learning
Michelle brings to Brain Power 10 years of inclusion-model classroom experience in Massachusetts public schools. She has extensive experience with curriculum design (Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). For the past two decades, Michelle has worked with children in some capacity, and now combines her passion for helping students succeed with her enthusiasm for EdTech innovation.
Jeremy Bhatia
Director of Business Development
Jeremy works at the intersection education, innovation, and technology and is passionate about making engaging and fulfilling learning accessible to all. He completed the Master’s in Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2020, and while there incubated an ed-tech organization at the Harvard Innovation Lab and MIT Sandbox focusing on improving access to quality secondary education in Kenya and India. He currently also works at Avenues: The World School, where he leads global education programs and social media impact initiatives. Some of his other prior experiences include quantitative and qualitative research, teacher training, tutoring, coaching, finance, operations, and new product development in the US, Brazil, Uganda, India, Rwanda, and Nepal. At Brain Power, Jeremy supports product and partnership development. 

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