Learning Success Project

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our Learning Success Project!

Understanding Reading Acquisition through Immersion 

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Learning to read is one of the most important and powerful skills children acquire for success later in life.  The UCSF Research Team is seeking to understand the brain processes that support this powerful skill using cutting edge neuroscience technology. We ultimately hope to help teachers develop instructional strategies to maximize English language learners’ success in the classroom and beyond.

We are currently offering an exciting and limited opportunity (at no cost) for families with children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2016. If your child qualifies, we will monitor your child’s academic  (reading and math) and cognitive (self-control, attention, memory) skills, which are critical to future success, every year for three years. . Our hope is that the findings from this study will not only help your child, your family and your school, but will also help us understand the processes involved in how children learn to read. brainLENS (Laboratory for Educational NeuroScience) at the University of California, San Francisco combines cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research methods with a deep passion for maximizing children’s potential in life, particularly stemming from the academic domain. In the spirit of our lab, we aim to share the love of neuroscience with children of all ages, rapidly translate research findings to practice, and collaborate with teachers, clinicians, and families.

Benefits for you, your family, and your community

• You will receive detailed results after the behavioral assessment has been completed and get a picture of your child’s brain (which children love!)

• You will be paid $40 for completing each portion of the study, for a total of up to $80 payment

• You will be reimbursed for travel, and your child will receive incentives & prizes for participating.

• You will have access to practical strategies based on the latest research that families and schools can implement to strengthen children’s skills.

• You can help your school and PTA build community through professional development for teachers, field trips, classes and events.

In addition to the cutting edge research in brainLENS, we have a commitment to the continued development of the various Schools and PTAs in the Bay Area, particularly the schools in the SFUSD. To affirm this commitment, we have pledged to support by:

• Providing volunteer tutoring services
• Additional science classes and support
• Professional development for teachers, continued education
• Seminars for PTAs and Teachers
• Workshop opportunities students or teachers related to bilingualism and/or brain/neuroscience.

Please note that there are some requirements to participate in the study:

• Your child will be entering Kindergarten in the General Ed (English only) program at any SFUSD school.

NOTE: We may have to exclude children who have metal in their body (including braces), are left handed, or have major neurodevelopment, neurological, psychiatric or psychological conditions (but please apply if interested -- we will review each case thoroughly to determine eligibility).


Children from all SFUSD General Education Programs are welcome!

If you would like to participate please contact:


Or call: 415 476 9861

Please complete: Initial Information Form

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There are no risks to your child for his or her participation in this study. All information collected will be strictly confidential and will be used only for the purposes of this study. We will not use real names of parents or children. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary.

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What should I do if I want to get involved?

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Apply to join our K & Up Development Study research team!