Gus Halwani Ph.D.

Director of Research and Assessment

B.A., Biopsychology, University of South Florida
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology

Gus joined the Acera staff in 2014, to connect his scientific work on neuroplasticity to the practice of teaching.While working on his PhD in the Music and Neuroimaging Lab at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical School, Gus had realized how profoundly the brain can change in response to targeted interventions — and immediately became interested in the science of learning. What, he wondered, do we actually know about how brains learn, and how is this knowledge applied in classrooms?

Gus knew he had to become a teacher to truly understand learning in educational settings. And he needed a school that would facilitate the kind of evidence-based learning he wanted to explore — an environment, in other words, that aims to translate current knowledge about how students learn into teaching practice.

At Acera, he found his match. Using the MIT Media Lab’s guiding principles to cultivate an atmosphere of curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation, Gus has been teaching Middle School electives on subjects such as Signal Processing and Introduction to Neuroscience in our Middle School, learning from experienced Acera Core teachers while bringing his fluency and ease with scientific content.

As of fall 2016, Gus also heads a new Acera initiative aimed at connecting education practitioners with those studying aspects of learning in the research sector.


Gus Halwani Ph.D.
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