Best of The Authority: Blind Spots with Kimberly Berens

In this "Best Of" episode, we revisit our conversation with scientist-educator Dr. Kimberly Nix Berens. Kimberly is Founder of Fit Learning and author of Blind Spots: Why students fail and the science that can save them

We talk about:
  • We must know about and make an effort to truly see the blind spots
  • The beliefs and traditions that shape education in the US create blind spots
  • 60% of students graduate below proficiency. But what does this statistic mean?
  • Examples of blind spots in action
  • How behavioral science supports effective teaching
  • How parents and educators can advocate for their children
Learn more about the book Blind Spots at Find it at, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Learn about Fit Learning at 

About today’s guest
Kimberly Nix Berens, Ph.D., is a scientist-educator and Founder of Fit Learning. She co-created a powerful system of instruction based in behavioral science and the Technology of Teaching, which has transformed the learning abilities of thousands of children worldwide, including those who are struggling, average, gifted, or learning disabled. For more than 20 years, her system of instruction has produced one year’s worth of academic growth in only 40 hours of training. Her learning programs effectively target such essential areas as early learning skills, basic classroom readiness, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, comprehension, inferential language, basic and advanced mathematics, logical problem solving, grammar, and expressive writing. From her early beginnings in a broom closet at the University of Nevada – Reno, Dr. Berens has helped grow Fit Learning to an organization with more than 30 locations worldwide. 

About the host
Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or LinkedIn

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Creators and Guests

Ross Romano
Ross Romano
Co-founder of Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies. Strategist, consultant, and performance coach.
Dr. Kimberly Berens
Dr. Kimberly Berens
Scientist-educator, Founder of Fit Learning, author of Blind Spots: Why students fail and the science that can save them.
Best of The Authority: Blind Spots with Kimberly Berens