21st Century Safe School Workshop Room

 
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Arrive at the Teachers Lounge early to sign up for the workshops! Space is limited, and is first-come, first-served.

If it’s your job to develop the mind, shouldn’t you know how the brain works?

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Wesson
Description: The brain is not only the most complex organ in the human body, but this wrinkly “Three-pound Universe” has also been described as the most complex object known to mankind.  Understanding how the brain processes information helps Kindergarten through university-level classroom practitioners in (1) crafting more effective instructional practices, and (2) structuring “brain-considerate” classroom environments that support the brain’s preferred inclinations for learning. Classrooms should be designed to fit how the brain works, rather than the opposite. Doing so enhances the prospects of academic success for all students, regardless of age or background. With the latest discoveries in cognitive science, the human brain is returning to its rightful place as the centerpiece for all conversations about learning in contemporary classrooms.

 

Stress Management, Burnout Prevention, and Self Care

Time: 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke
Description:  Avoiding burnout requires a commitment to regular stress management, self-care, and leading a balanced life. When it comes to burnout, prevention is the best approach. This workshop will examine common sources of stress, the stress response, signs of stress, and the importance of self-care and social support for burnout prevention. Participants will learn stress management tools and practice simple and effective stress reduction techniques to help them get through the school year.

 

Developing Early Literacy through Active Learning Experiences

Time: 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Wesson
Topic:  Developing Early Literacy through Active Learning Experiences
Description:  A growing body of research indicates that competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening turns out to be among the strongest of all predictors of success in school and life.  The window for effectively mastering language skills remains open during the early years of life and formal education. Cognitive neuroscience also tells us that early deficits lead to still more deficits, which often become increasingly more difficult to overcome each subsequent year. The most effective remedy we have found is early intervention that offers a wealth of active language production experiences where students use language while in the context of doing, not merely listening to language. “The one who does the work does the learning,” plays itself out in classrooms were a highly-verbal (talkative) teacher continues to refine his/her language skills instead of the students. This workshop will highlight how language is most effectively developed through active learning classroom experiences.

 

Stress Management, Burnout Prevention, and Self Care

Time: 4:15 p.m. -12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke
Description:  Avoiding burnout requires a commitment to regular stress management, self-care, and leading a balanced life. When it comes to burnout, prevention is the best approach. This workshop will examine common sources of stress, the stress response, signs of stress, and the importance of self-care and social support for burnout prevention. Participants will learn stress management tools and practice simple and effective stress reduction techniques to help them get through the school year.

 

 

*Note: Unfortunately, the TED-Ed workshop that was previously scheduled at 10:15 had to be cancelled because of weather. The facilitator was not able to get out of New York due to the blizzard.