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Educator

WORKSHOPS

Educator workshops serve well to introduce educators to emerging concepts and inspire them to consider these ideas within the context of their current practice. 
 
Through interactive lessons and reflective activities, teachers will come to understand the latest educationally relevant brain, behavioral, and technological research.  From this work, a number of specific learning principles will be devloped that teachers can easily integrate into their daily practice.
 
Workshops can be delivered in-person or online and can be tailored to fit within a 60-120min format.  Topics can be explored individually or thematically grouped into longer packages.

Conference

PRESENTATIONS

Thematic presentations at larger national / international conferences allow for the wide distribution of cutting-edge ideas born with the laboratory and the classroom. 
 
Through highly interactive talks, participants will be introduced to foundational concepts of the brain, psychology, & learning and learn how these forces interact within educational settings.  In addition, the latest in pedagogical practices will be explored and participants will learn how to begin applying these ideas in their own work.
 
Presentations can be tailored to fit within a 60-120min format and can be presented individually or thematically grouped into packages.

Learning TOPICS

Your Brain, Your Life
 
The brain is a confusing organ: luckily, it can be broken down into several simple, easy-to-understand foundations.  Learn the foundations of human thinking and learning and how these manifest with educational settings.
PEN Principles
 
Learn 12 foundations of human learning gleaned from and elucidated within the fields of Psychology, Education, and Neuroscience.  A great session for easy to understand, directly applicable teaching/learning techniques.
 
The Learning Trajectory
 
From SHALLOW to DEEP to TRANSFER.  Believe it or not, there are a clear set of rules that dictate how all human beings (children to adults) take-in, personalize, and apply new information.  Learn how to apply this trajectory to your practice.
 
Authentic Engagement
 
Engagement is not a single 'thing' - rather, it is an amalgamation of several key dimensions.  Learn about the triumvirate of Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral engagement and consider how these constructs align with your school.
Mistakes & Feedback
 
For any form of learning to take place, mistakes are required.  However, learning can be enhanced when mistakes are accompanied by feedback.  Explore what research says about this relationship and how to make it work effectively.
Are Teenagers Crazy?
 
Why do teenagers vacillate between dis-engagement and hyper-engagement?  Explore brain development throughout the life-span & explore how this is reflected in several key educational topics.
 
The Story of Assessment
 
What messages are we really sending to our students under the current 'testing' regime?  Explore the origins of modern assessment and the consider what
 
Attention & Memory
 
Thresholds, orienting, cueing, short-term, working, long-term.  Learn about the different facets of attention, how, memory, and how these key constructs can be  they manifest in the classroom, and how they can be leveraged for learning.
Literacy & Numeracy
How does language form and evolve?  How does mathematics form and evolve?  Look at the cognitive development of these key skills and consider how they can influence our curriculum and pedagogy.
Emotions & Well-being
 
It has been firmly established that emotions are not only important for learning - they are ESSENTIAL for learning.  Learn about the relationship between emotions & memory, and explore how this can be addressed within the classroom.
Learning Disorders
 
In order to understand how learning stumbles, we must first understand how learning stands.  Learn the keys of 'typical' learning patterns and the latest ideas surrounding ADD/ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, and other disorders of learning.

Special TOPICS

The Neuroscience of PowerPoint
 
PowerPoint is ubiquitous in classrooms and lecture halls worldwide.  Learn how to organize and design slides to maximize engagement and learning.
 
The Brain in the Classroom: Fad or Foundation?
 
Is neuroscience really impacting education, or is it just another educational fad?  Learn how to contextualize scientific research and assess its relevance to practice.
 
Nature vs Nurture
 
Are we born smart - or is intelligence cultivated throughout the lifespan?  The true story of genetics and the myth of genius.
 
Brain Training:  What Does the Science Say?
 
Can playing games really increase our IQ and make us smarter?  Learn the truth behind brain training, what can (and can not) be expected, and why.
Ed Tech
 
An iPad for every student!  What can we truly expect from infusing technology in the classroom and what do we really WANT by doing so?
 
Storytelling
 
Stories represent the strongest means by which to transmit knowledge.  Learn how stories work and how to integrate them with your daily teaching practices.
 
Consciousness
 
Think of the cells that constitute your brain & body - how did WE come from THAT?   Learn about the latest theories concerning emergence and consciousness.
 
Neuroimaging
 
We've all seen pictures of the brain overlaid with colorful blobs.  Learn what these images really represent, how they're generated, and what we can (and can not) learn from imaging the brain.
 
Neuroenhancement
 
Smart pills, brain zapping, magnetic intelligence.  Can we really get smarter using external tools?  Learn about the foundations of neuroenhancement and how to assess claims made in the scientific and market spheres.