k-12 professional development

Mind & Brain Education Mini-Conference

Mind & Brain Education Mini-Conference

Featuring Keynote Presenter, Andrew Watson, Nationally Recognized Educator, Author, and Founder of Translate the Brain.


Program Details

DESCRIPTION:
Join us at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a day of " Mind & Brain Education" presented and attended by local K-12 educators and experts 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? 
  • What motivates and demotivates learners? 
  • The Science of Belonging & Agency 
  • The Adolescent Brain 

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.

DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, October 2
8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GRADE:
For practicing K – 12 grade educators

Registration Information

COST AND CREDIT:
COST: $45
CREDIT: 0.5 graduate level re-licensure credits will be available, if educators attend entire day and submit via email one lesson plan afterward by October 31 implementing their new learning. Cost: additional $35 

PAYMENT:
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 - 8:00 a.m.                Sign In, Coffee, & Breakfast Treats
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.                Welcome & Keynote
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.                Break & Transition
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.              Breakout Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.            Break & Transition
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.    Breakout Session 2
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.              Lunch on your own
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.                Breakout Session 3
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.                Closing remarks & Prizes, Sign Out, & Conference End

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.             Enjoy the Museum!

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Andrew Watson

Keynote Speaker

A Classroom Teacher Discovers Mind, Brain, and Education Science

What happens when an experienced classroom teacher starts exploring brain research? We might discover that science supports a long-held teaching belief: what a relief! We might instead find new and surprising suggestions to improve our craft: so helpful! At the same time, we might also find that psychology and neuroscience research can – with the best of intentions – be misunderstood and misused in the classroom. Teacher, author, and consultant Andrew Watson introduces these possibilities and the perils. With the right perspective, teachers identify those classroom strategies that make learning easier and teaching more effective.

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Kim Bevill

Happiness, DNA & Mental Health

What if we could train ourselves to be happy? When we are, we are more productive, healthier, more joyous in relationships, and save more money over a lifetime. Even minor stress can have colossal effects, but that’s okay. This workshop counters the effects of a pandemic or unfortunate personality traits, and can transform anyone from a state of ordinary or despair, to a state of happiness. Bevill will share fail-proof steps to lower cortisol and stop the damage stress causes, even repair it. Previous attendees of this workshop have reported renewed energy, relief from migraines, lost weight, improved relationships, and revitalized energy in the workplace – even with retirement on the mind. Forget everything you knew – discover the 5 things in our daily lives that sustain our energy.

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Tim Blesse

Promise & Peril of the Teenage Brain

“An adolescent brain is like a Ferrari with weak brakes.” Frances Jensen—Neuroscientist
Helping your teen-aged students understand the differences between adult and adolescent brains can have powerful impacts on both their learning and their relationships with you and others. Reminding teens that there is a biology behind the pitfalls they might be experiencing, can lead to a sense of empowerment and less of a need to defend and feel guilty for negative behaviors. For teachers, it can help you take certain behaviors less personally and give you tools that help you connect and assist them on their journey.

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Lauryn Gray & Jason Maclin

Belonging & the Brain

Maya Angelou said, “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” Did you know that the brain, the organ of learning, is wired for community, love, and belonging? As a result of the pandemic, there is national concern around the fact that students have experienced significant learning loss. However, in addition to addressing learning loss, we also must be intentional about addressing the social loss students have experienced. Academic & Social Belonging and safety are conducive to student success within the learning environment, and they are not achieved in isolation. Join Vista PEAK’s leadership team to learn how their research on Mind, Brain, and Education Science (MBE) has informed their practice as a diverse campus.

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Scott Cypers, PhD

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.

Adrienne DeBall

Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain

Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain will share protocols, activities, and learnings from the book of the same title, written by Zaretta Hammond. During this session, you will engage in activities and protocols to assist you in creating more meaningful connections with students and families, while leveraging your knowledge of brain based learning and neuroscience.

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Kirsten Landry

Brain-based Classroom Hacks for Deeper Learning

Education and Neuroscience are finally coming together! Through educational research we are beginning to understand the most effective methods for deeper and longer-lasting learning. Methods such as retrieval practice, interleaving, spaced practice, and dual coding are helping teachers make educational decisions based on data. Join us for a review of the research. In addition, we will practice the tools ourselves so that you can use them in your classroom with confidence.

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Amy Lawson-Moore, PhD

Hacking the ADHD Brain: Tips for Teachers

In this interactive workshop, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore will share tips for working with students who have attention problems. Based on neuroscience research, she will reveal surprising facts about the ADHD brain that can help teachers better meet the needs of these challenging students. Dr. Moore will facilitate activities that show how cognitive skills work together in thinking and learning, how weaknesses in one or more of those skills impact learning, how teachers can help kids manage the big emotions associated with ADHD, and how brain training is a promising approach to remediating many of the challenges faced by students with ADHD. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the cognitive deficits in ADHD, with actionable tips to use in the classroom, and with knowledge of supplemental resources for students with ADHD.

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Kateri McRae, PhD

Changing How You Think to Change How You Feel: Lessons From the Brain About Cognitive Reappraisal

Cognitive reappraisal is a powerful technique that involves thinking about something in a different manner to change the emotions that follow. There is scientific evidence that reappraisal successfully changes emotions in the laboratory and as part of multiple types of therapy. Reappraisal relies upon brain regions thought to support cognitive control more broadly (prefrontal and parietal cortexes). Therefore, reappraisal improves as the brain develops and is vulnerable to environmental factors known to disrupt cognitive control (such as sleep deprivation). In this session Professor McRae will present a selection of research findings about cognitive reappraisal that will help you understand best practices to support children, adolescents, and young adults as they develop the ability to control their emotions this way.

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Mary Fran Park

One Page Summaries: Cultivating long-term memory in an inclusive multicultural environment

One Page Summaries: Cultivating long-term memory in an inclusive multicultural environment

“One Page Summaries: Cultivating Long-Term Memory in an Inclusive Multicultural Environment” will introduce some of the mind brain science strategies Park has learned throughout her years of teaching and doctoral work at Johns Hopkins School of Education. It will focus around a study technique used personally and by Park’s students. Park will also discuss other tactics used in Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Brown et al., 2014) and Critical Pedagogy Notes from the Real World (Wink, 2011).

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Robert Payo

I Wanna Be in the Room Where It Happens: The Brain & Belonging

What does research in cognitive science tell us about our desires for belonging? How might we apply that to the classroom? This interactive session explores how our sense of belonging can help or hinder our ability to learn.

Raquel Sherman

Enhancing Metacognition Through Formative Assessments

While “formative assessments” and “metacognition” might seem like education buzz words, Sherman assures they’re here to stay. Educators often hear that formative assessments are an important part of classroom instruction, but why? How does in actually enhance learning? Why are consistent feedback and reflection essential parts of the learning cycle? And how can t help students develop an understanding of their own learning? In this session, dive into the importance of feedback, recall, and emotion in the learning process. In the first portion of the session, Raquel will share about her personal experience of implementing a formative assessment system in her classes and teach you about the science behind, and intersection of, these multifaceted topics. In the second portion of the session, you will have the opportunity to consider how you can integrate these ideas into your classroom by collaborating with peers.

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DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, October 2
8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GRADE:
For practicing K – 12 grade educators

COST AND CREDIT:
COST: $45
CREDIT: 0.5 graduate level re-licensure credits will be available, if educators attend entire day and submit via email one lesson plan afterward by October 31 implementing their new learning. Cost: additional $35 

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

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