2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Mind & Brain Education Mini Conference

2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Mind & Brain Education Mini Conference

Program Details


Join us at the Denver Museum of Nature &Science for a day of "Mind & Brain Education" presented and attended by local K–12 educators with a common interest in applying psychology and neuroscience to their practice as they learn about things like:  

  • How do we learn? 
  • How do we regulate emotion? 
  • Culturally responsive teaching and the brain 
  • What motivates and demotivates learners? 
  • The science of belonging and agency 

We are bringing together local facilitators who will present some evidence-based strategies that you can walk away and use tomorrow. Choose between several 90-minute concurrent mini-sessions held in 3 rounds. 

A.M. Keynote Speaker

The Science & Practice of Classroom Attention
Andrew Watson -
Nationally Recognized Educator & Author
Founder of “Translate the Brain”

P.M. Keynote Speaker

Building a Science of Teaching and Learning: One Educator's Journey
Shawna Angelo - Delta County School District
2022 Learning & The Brain Award Winner "Transforming Education Through the Science of Learning"

Saturday, October 1
8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For practicing K–12 grade educators

Interested in attending the Preconference Workshop with Andrew Watson? Click here.

Registration Information

COST: $65
Optional Credit: 0.5 graduate level re-licensure credit  (requires attendance at all three breakout sessions, and at least one of the two keynote addresses, as well as submission of one short lesson plan reflection following the conference.) 
Cost: $35 (for optional credit) 

All programs require payment at time of registration. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

Registration is required
Click the "Register Now" button or call 303.370.6000. Registration closes three days prior to the start date of the program. For questions regarding this course, please e-mail [email protected]

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Mini-Conference Agenda

7:30–8 a.m. – Sign In, Coffee & Treats8–9 a.m. – Welcome & Keynote "The Science & Practice of Classroom Attention"9–9:10 a.m. – Transition to Breakout 19:10–10:40 a.m. – Breakout 1 
10:40–10:50 a.m. Transition to Breakout 2 
10:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m. – Breakout 212:20–1:20 p.m. – Lunch 
1:20–2:50 p.m. – Breakout 3 
2:50–3:00 p.m. Transition to Final Keynote 
3:00–3:45 p.m. Final Keynote “Building a Science of Teaching and Learning: One Educator's Journey”
3:45–4 p.m. Closing Remarks, Prizes and Conference Ends 
4–5 p.m. Guests Enjoy the Museum  

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Kimberly Bevill

Five Things for Mental Health

You cannot wait until symptoms of poor mental health are prominent. The only factor that matters for mental health is pre-emptive protection. "Five Things for Mental Health" will help you identify which activities, words and food (yes, food) impact men and women, boys and girls, what threatens mental health, and how to regain balance. This session will share science based strategies to bring your balance back and reset, even upgrade, your connections to others

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Dena Blair

At the Crossroads of SEL and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Zaretta Hammond once said, “Culture…is the software for the brain’s hardware.” Join me as we explore what happens when culture (the software) and neuroscience (the hardware) intersect in the classroom.

Tim Blesse

Understanding Working Memory: A Hidden Key to Supporting All Learners

Engage in a session of learning about working memory, a “make or break” component of every learning experience that takes place in your classroom and yet almost no teacher training programs addresses it! At the end of this workshop, you will be able to recognize working memory issues when they arise in your classroom and diagnose the nature of the issue. You will walk away with specific strategies that support all learners in your classroom and yet require little or no lesson planning. 

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Scott Cypers

Understanding and Supporting Those Who Deal with Anxiety

“Understanding and Supporting Those Who Deal with Anxiety” will highlight a non-stigmatizing way to understand anxiety in the brain and its impact on a person’s life. This presentation will also focus on concrete tools to help those who deal with anxiety and help change neuropathways. 

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Brandon Davis

Risk and Reward: Making Sense of the Teenage Brain

Many myths surround the teenage brain. We often ascribe the confounding behavior we witness to hormones or a lack of thinking. However, new scientific findings have immerged in the last decade that give us deeper insight into what is actually happening in the mind of teenagers. In "Risk & Reward: Making Sense of the Teenage Brain," we will dive into this research, bust some myths, and explore practical strategies to help mitigate the riskiness of the teenage brain while unleashing it's rewarding potential. 

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Adrienne DeBall

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

"Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain" will promote authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students while expanding our knowledge about how all students learn using neuroscience. Additionally, we will advance our ability to improve our school culture while fostering a love of learning. 

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Jena Doom, Kamilah Legette, and Kathryn Fox

Supporting Socioemotional Development for Middle and High School Students

A panel of psychology professors from the University of Denver will present evidence-based information on supporting socioemotional development in schools for middle and high school students. Dr. Legette will present on culturally responsive-teacher practices, restorative justice for discipline in schools, and fostering a positive school climate. Dr. Fox will present on best practices for suicide risk assessment in schools while maximizing student autonomy. Dr. Doom will present on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on student emotional well-being, including a demonstration of free, brief, online interventions to improve student mental health in schools. All presenters will incorporate specific needs and recommendations for working with minoritized students (race, socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+). Each of the presenters will provide resources for use in classrooms and will have an interactive component that allows attendees to practice skills they are learning. 

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Kate Herter

Tips and Tricks to Cultivate Mindfulness Practices in your Classroom on Monday

Cultivating mindfulness in the classroom has both physical and psychological benefits, including increased concentration and engagement and an improvement in self-awareness and self-esteem. Leave this session with a variety of ways to incorporate mindfulness into your classroom instruction without losing key instructional time! 

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Kirsten Landry

Brain Based Research You Can Use in Your Classroom

Neuroscience and education are teaming up to create more efficient and longer lasting learning. "Brain Based Research You Can Use in Your Classroom" will dive into the research and help you develop tools to use in your practice. 

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Mary Fran Park

Creative and Meaningful Assessments for an Equitable Classroom

Creative and meaningful assessments are not a new concept in education. But when considering the alignment of DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) goals and education, teachers need to investigate how they are assessing their students. Do traditional assessments (quizzes and tests) really tell you what you want to know about your students' learning? Or are there better and more equitable ways to assess your students' understanding of the material presented in your class? Come join this session to learn why it is important for us to develop creative and meaningful assessments for deep learning and more equitable classrooms. 

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Robert Payo

Memory Matters

As educators, we’re in the business of helping learners retain what they’ve learned. This session will start out with a basic understanding of what we know about the brain and memory. From there, we’ll explore strategies for retention from a brain-based perspective with the focus on gaining more insight on using these strategies more intentionally and effectively.  

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Raquel Sherman

Building Self-Efficacy in the Classroom

Do you want to help your students feel successful, competent, and capable of taking on life’s challenges? Of course you do! You wouldn’t be here otherwise! In this interactive session you will learn about a foundational element of your students’ current and future success: self-efficacy. In order to take on life’s many ups and downs, we must believe that we are capable of doing so. And we, as educators, have the power and privilege to influence this in our students’ lives. Join us at "Building Self-Efficacy in the Classroom" to learn more about the psychological research behind self-efficacy, why it’s so important, and how to prioritize it in your classroom. Your students will thank you for it! 

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Brad Stanfield

New School vs Old School Teaching: 5 Micro Strategies to Increase Engagement in the Classroom

Are you a teacher that puts a lot of time and effort into your lessons only to have students not be engaged or miss the whole point? In this workshop, you will get micro strategies based on real-world experiences that easily apply to your classroom. We will be exploring the difference between old school and new school teaching, focusing on simple ways to shift the workload from the teacher to the student. 

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Andrea Westwick

Relationship Between Creative Thinking and Second Language Acquisition

This research proposal considers it important to address the concept of creativity and its relationship with the acquisition of Spanish as a second language, based on theoretical constructs that support some relationships between these two variables. • Esta propuesta de investigación analiza la importancia de examinar el concepto de creatividad y su relación con la adquisición del español como segunda lengua, según los marcos teóricos que sustentan algunos vínculos entre estas dos variables. 

*This session is presented in Spanish • Esta sesión se presenta en español 

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