Dr. Michael Gurian

"Key Differences in Boys & Girls Brains"

In this humorous, practical, and science-based training, educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian (Saving Our Sons, The Minds of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently) focuses on helping children of all ages to succeed in school and life.  Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly—and how educators, parents, and concerned citizens can care for and support the emotional needs of all our children.

Based on more than thirty-five years of research in brain science, education, and practical parenting, this keynote traces how a child’s learning and social-emotional mind grows, how girls and boys learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences them, and how crucial school success has become to life success. Gurian further explores brain-based research on transgender brains, the gay/lesbian brain, and the gender-brain spectrum.


A marriage and family counselor in private practice, Michael brings to life not only the developmental science of children’ minds and emotional life, but practical methods by which to raise and educate.  Michael also focuses on learning and life difficulties that boys and girls experience as distinct groups, including the effects of digital life on the growing brain.

Michael has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to dynamically combine cutting edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives.  His presentation leaves educators and audiences with vision of what children need both in school and in life, new tools by which to interpret the emotional and intellectual signals of our children, and new confidence to educate and care for their emotional lives in a high-pressure world. 

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