Minnesota Learning Resource Center

Why S.M.A.R.T.?

S.M.A.R.T. is a developmental approach to teaching that takes advantage of current brain research. S.M.A.R.T. focuses on stimulation of the brain stem verses the brain cortex, the area where most curricula is focused. In fact, most curricula assume the brain is fully prepared to learn once a child arrives at the doorstep of school. However, for a number of reasons, that's often not the case. The brain stem is where all automatic function takes place, such as our eyes moving smoothly back and forth across the page as we read or the ability to look from the desk to the board and back to the desk without interruption. When the brain stem has been stimulated so that it's fully operational, the stem is able to do its automatic function work and that allows the cortex to do its own important work, like comprehension and analysis. S.M.A.R.T.'s developmental approach is a critical and foundational part of learning readiness.

What special space or accommodations do we need to provide for S.M.A.R.T.?

Students can do S.M.A.R.T. in the:

• Designated S.M.A.R.T. Room

• Gym

• Playground

• Classroom

• Hallway

• Cafeteria

Any space you can find to use 30 minutes a day can become your S.M.A.R.T. space!

What staff should attend the S.M.A.R.T. Workshop?

Educators working with kindergarten through second graders are welcome to attend S.M.A.R.T. Workshops. While we suggest educators use S.M.A.R.T. systemically, S.M.A.R.T. can be used as a pull-out intervention for students still struggling as they enter third grade and beyond. In addition to classroom teachers, assistants and paras, the workshop is also recommended for OTs, PTs and other support staff. 

What staff should attend the S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop?

Educators working with three to five-year-olds are welcome to attend the S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop. 

How much does it cost to host a S.M.A.R.T. workshop in our area?

Schools or districts often prefer to have a workshop held in their area. As a result, the MLRC does workshops around the state and country. Costs of hosting a S.M.A.R.T. Workshop