The Neuroscience of Relationships - Podcast

Join Megan Marcus and Kelley Munger on the FuelEd team to talk about relationship-driven education, the science behind emotional intelligence, and what it means for us as we engage students and donors as delivered on the Fundraising Voices podcast from February 25, 2021.

The Fundraising Voices Podcast features thought-provoking conversations with fundraisers, researchers, and thought leaders to help propel your fundraising results, from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

Megan and Kelley talk with Brian about using neuroscience to help educators transform their relationship with their students and colleagues.

Listen below to catch some of the topics we dug into:

  • Why is it that the best educators put relationships at the center of their work?
  • What are the interpersonal skills from psychology that can be invaluable in the practice of education?
  • Why would educators need to think about their relationship with their mom? ("that's the past?!?")
  • What is empathic listening?
  • What is theory of mind and how do you tap into what might be going on inside of another person?
  • How can we do better as an educational community to respond to the relational needs that have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • What is an emotionally-intelligent educator and how educators develop those skills?
  • What's the one thing that professionals can do to personally get better at impactful relationship building?

About the author

Megan Marcus

Partner & Founder - San Diego CA

Megan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Megan studied under Dr. Louis Cozolino and served as the lead researcher for his book, The Social Neuroscience of Education. Megan then completed a Master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University, where she explored how to translate the elements of a therapists’ professional training to an educational setting. Her research with Dr. Cozolino and studies at Harvard combined to form the core beliefs that became the bedrock of FuelEd. Since 2012, Megan has passionately served the educational community as FuelEd’s Founder.

Get the latest from our blog


Four Ways to Build Deeper Relationships through Technology - Flight or Flock

It's critical to take the time to name and celebrate the ways that you are being held, and are holding others, and to honor the tears you’ve shed together.

Read Article


Trauma Informed Educators Network - Podcast

FuelEd Partners Megan Marcus Dr. Kelley Munger speak with Mathew Portell of the Trauma Informed Educators Network podcast where they discuss developing trauma-informed educators.

Read Article


Listening: The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Revisit a simple, foundational technique for practicing empathic listening with those in our personal and professional lives.

Read Article


Inspiration & resources on adult SEL and educator wholeness