Learning disabilities often involve weaknesses in one or more of the important cognitive skills involved in learning. These skills including mental processes like working memory and other executive functions, attention, visual-spatial understanding, auditory processing and the integration of multiple mental processes to work together. Research is now showing that cognitive processes can be strengthened, rather than just working around them, and the impact on academic performance can be rapid and dramatic.
Traditional support for students with learning disabilities has addressed three primary pillars: accommodation, modification of the curriculum, and strategies. Cognitive skills training is coming to be recognized as the fourth pillar – one that improves the functioning of underlying learning skills. Join us as we explore the science and practicalities of cognitive skills training and the outcomes for students.
This webinar is designed for a broad audience including educators, clinicians, parents and advocates for children with learning disabilities.
When vision therapy helps our eyes work together or improves focus, it can transform our ability to function in the world. But often, those new and stronger visual skills still need to be integrated with other mental processes, like attention, memory and auditory processing. That's where cognitive skills training can help.
This webinar will explore a model of mental processing that highlights the importance of integrating a variety of cognitive processes and a therapeutic cognitive development software program called BrainWare SAFARI that is supported by peer-reviewed published research and field studies.
Recently we heard that the manufacturing companies in one midwestern state estimate that they will be unable to fill 60% of their jobs in 5 to 10 years because they won't be able to find qualified workers. The central focus of this webinar will be to address two questions: What are the skills needed by workers today? And how can those skills be developed? ( Hint: traditional education is not a solution.) The webinar addresses topics, including:
A Conceptual Framework for 21st Century Skills and the Difference between Capacities and Content Knowledge
Developing the Cognitive Infrastructure for Learning and Problem-Solving
Rethinking Workforce Training
The statistics on the need for remedial work for students entering college are sobering. Over half of students entering a two-year college must take remedial courses in English or Math. Almost 20% of students entering 4-year colleges are in that position. While the majority of students complete their remedial courses, only a small fraction succeed in graduating with a degree.
This webinar will examine (and challenge) some of the assumptions that underpin traditional approaches to remediation, both to helping students achieve appropriate levels of reading and math, and to development of the other skills that are required for success in post-secondary education, such as cognitive skills.
Topics covered in this webinar:
The Role of Cognitive Skills in Reading, Math and Academic Disciplines
Effective Approaches to Developing Student Learning Capacity
Enhancing the College Experience for Students Taking Remedial Coursework
Research over the last few years suggests that afterschool or out-of-school programs can have an impact on students' academic achievement. But what are the best tools and approaches? What can be done to help students be better prepared for in-school learning? How can afterschool programs help develop critical thinking skills? What tools are available that can drive better academic results without teaching to the test? This webinar will explore practical and effective approaches that give students experiences that are different from what happens during the school day and that can measurably improve everything they must do during the school day.
Students with learning disabilities often have deficits in core underlying cognitive functions, such as working memory, executive function, and visual and auditory processing. Traditional support for students with learning disabilities has often focused on accommodations and strategies to work around the weaker cognitive areas. Research is now showing the potential to build working memory, executive function, attention and other cognitive processes in ways, rather than working around them, with dramatic impact on academic performance. Join us as we explore the science of remediating cognitive gaps.
The agenda for this web conference:
• The Cognitive Skills Associated with Reading and Math
• Principles of Cognitive Skill Development
• Research on the Impact of Cognitive Skill Development on Academic Performance
Our brains become what our brains do. What does that mean for our brains – and the brains of our children and students – in an era of 24/7 digital technology? This webinar will explore what brain research is telling us about the best and worst aspects of video games, cell phones and Internet search. We will discuss the impact of technologies and how that impact changes at different stages of development. We will discuss how to leverage the positive aspects of technology and the ways that some of the negative aspects can be mitigated by protective factors in the environment.
The agenda for this web conference:
• What the Science Says about the Good and the Bad
• Technology's Impact at Different Stages of Child Development
• Principles for Using Technology Effectively and Responsibly
Numerous studies have shown the impact of poverty on the brain. Individuals who grow up in impoverished environments generally have less well developed cognitive capacity than their more advantaged peers. The impact of underdeveloped cognitive ability can be a serious impediment to academic achievement and life success. Neuroscience research is also showing how the plasticity of the brain offers the potential to close the cognitive gap with new tools and approaches that can lead to rapid academic gains and a leveling of the learning field.
In this about 1 hour web conference, we will cover:
Overview of the Research on the Impact of Poverty on the Brain
Connection of Deficient Cognitive Processes to Academic Performance
Interventions that Impact Cognitive Capacity and Academic Ability
In 2009, the state of Washington passed the first state law mandating school policies regarding concussions in young athletes. Since then, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws related to concussion management in schools. In the past, concussion management has focused on “return to play.” Now, the focus is broadening to “return to learn,” and the potential effects of concussion on cognitive functions and school performance.
In this webinar, we will discuss the latest developments related to brain injuries in youth sports, explaining what a concussion means, signs and symptoms, protocols for treatment, the fast-evolving technology of monitoring impacts to prevent and better assess injuries, and the issues associated with returning safely to the playing field, as well as implications for cognitive functioning and academic performance.
This webinar will feature two experts in concussion management and the latest developments in brain injury tracking and treatment. Jim Buskirk, PT, SCS, works with professional and amateur athletes in a wide range of sports, including the Chicago Wolves professional hockey team, and the men’s hockey teams at Northwestern University and DePaul University. Dan Nicholson, CEO of Head Case, is working to bring awareness to the national concussion epidemic, and is applying his 20 years of experience in technology and data management to the complex issue of tracking and evaluating sports-related impacts.
10% of 65-year olds have Alzheimer’s Disease. The odds climb to 50% for those who reach age 85. But whether or not you have Alzheimer’s is only part of the picture. Brain autopsies have shown the effects of Alzheimer’s, without evidence of dementia. And any of us can take important steps to keep our brains healthy and vibrant as we age. In this webinar, Dr. Pat Wolfe, one of the world’s leading authorities on translating neuroscience research to practical application in education and in other aspects of life, will explain what the science tells us about keeping our minds fit throughout our lives.
Dr. Wolfe is an international authority on the educational implications and application of current neuroscience, cognitive science and education research to teaching and learning. In her capacity as an independent consultant, she has trained thousands of administrators, teachers, boards of education, and parents in schools and districts throughout the United States and in over 50 countries internationally. She is an award-winning author and has appeared on numerous videotape series, satellite broadcasts, radio shows and television programs. Her books include Brain Matters: Translating the Research to Classroom Practice and Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 (co-authored with Dr. Pamela Nevills). She is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles. www.patwolfe.com.
When children reach adolescence, their brains are about the size of adult brains, but, of course, those brains have not fully matured. While it is easy to blame raging hormones – and in fact, testosterone and estrogen do play very important roles in brain development – there are other developmental processes going on as well. This webinar will explore what neuroscience research is telling us about the adolescent brain and help participants understand what is going on underneath the emotional outbursts, the risky behavior, and the apparent lack of judgment and thoughtful decision-making.
Within the last two decades, the term PTSD has become a household word, but the signs of PTSD, and most importantly, effective treatments are not as widely understood. PTSD affects many veterans, but also affects people who have not served in the military. This webinar will examine PTSD both from a neuroscience point of view and from a human point of view. The brain mechanisms that trap sufferers in reliving the most terrifying experiences of their lives will be reviewed, as well as the consequences for families and others who live with those who suffer from PTSD. Implications for educators dealing with students and families affected by PTSD will also be discussed.
Our guest presenters for this webinar will be Janet and Tony Seahorn, authors of Tears of a Warrior. Janet has a PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems; she teaches neuroscience and literacy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Tony Seahorn is an Army veteran, who served in Vietnam, earning multiple medals, including two Bronze Stars for heroism and two Purple Hearts. Today, Janet and Tony work with veterans and their families across the country. For many of them, Janet and Tony’s personal story has opened a new window of hope.
Since the first research study on BrainWare SAFARI was completed in 2005 showing the impact on cognitive skills development and academic ability with the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery and Tests of Achievement, subsequent studies have replicated the results and shown the impact with other measures and a variety of populations. This webinar will take attendees from the original research through field studies conducted during the 2012-2013 school year, including evidence of the transfer of cognitive skills development to performance on state standardized assessments. The review will include research with historically low-performing populations – low-SES (socioeconomic status) students, English Language Learners, and students with learning disabilities.
The presenters for this webinar will be Dr. Sara Sawtelle, Director of Scientific Affairs, and Betsy Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer, The BrainWare Company
Recent writings in the field of education contain plenty of ideas and recommendations on brain-compatible techniques and instructional strategies, but how do they really work and how are they implemented in practice? This webinar explores the experiences of Sarah Rahrig and Deanna Niebarger – Fifth Grade Teachers at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN. Sarah and Deanna worked with their professor and mentor from Marian University in Indianapolis, Dr. Lori Desautels. Strategies implemented by the team include Focused Attention Practices (mindfulness), Novelty and Prediction at the beginning of Lessons, and Story-Telling. Other tactics used by the team included Reciprocal Teaching, Whole-Body Movement-Based Learning, and Visual Imaging. This webinar will explore how these techniques were used, how the team adjusted their approach as they saw how students responded, and the impact their practices had on student behavior and learning.
Disruptive behavior at home and in school can seem like "misbehavior," plain and simple. But difficulties with clumsiness, inattentiveness, reading problems, disorganization, and lack of focus are often attributable to underling neurodevelopemental issues. For example, visual processing deficiencies are often misdiagnosed as symptoms of ADHD and can be the underlying cause of poor reading comprehension. Poorly developed self-regulation is likely not just a matter of bad behavior, laziness or lack of motivation, but of the need for better devleoping the brain's executive functions.
Peter Riddle, chairman and CEO of Empowered Learning Centers, will discuss assessment and remediation of specific cognitive and sensorimotor abilities that facilitate learning. Peter's own journey from a high school student who struggled to complete 50 pages of reading a night, and who had to read information 2 or 3 times to "get it," to a reader of 2 to 3 books a week with extraordinary retention, is an inspiration and example for everyone who suffers from under-developed visual and sensorimotor processing. Over the past 20 years, Peter has researched how the brain learns and the most effective practices that transform a person's learning ability, resulting in greater self-esteem, emotional intelligence and life success for thousands of individuals.
One of the sets of functions that our brains perform are referred to as executive functions. Executive functions are the directive capacities of our minds. They are how we direct and control our perceptions, thoughts, actions, and even emotions. The effects of executive functions can often be seen in a classroom setting, as when students can't get started on an assignment, or get distracted, or just forget to turn in their homework. Those behaviors can seem like sloppiness or lack of motivation, but are often due to executive functions that are not as well developed as they need to be. The effects of executive functions also show up in academic performance, and are critical to key reading processes. This webinar examines the role of executive functions in reading -- in decoding, fluency, and most importantly, comprehension. It also includes demonstrations of programs that develop executive functions in ways that translate to improved reading ability.
This webinar was developed for a special series of webinars presented by Betsy Hill, president and COO of The BrainWare Company.
Most parents and educators have values that they hold near and dear to their hearts. It is likely that they model them, but children don’t always get the lessons of important values just from watching. How can we help children understand, appreciate and live by values like gratitude, integrity, a sense of joy, or compassion? In this webinar, we will discuss these topics with Mary O’Donohue, author of When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It … and 11 Other Lessons for Instilling Lifelong Values in Your Children. The book reached #1 in Parenting on Amazon in February 2011 and was one of the top 100 books. Start 2014 with some of the most powerful lessons you will ever teach.
We are always excited to bring more ideas and practical help to educators seeking ways to get neuroscience introduced to the classroom (or who have started and want to see it more firmly embedded). And that's exactly what this webinar will address, as we listen to and talk with Sarah Armstrong, EdD, author of Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus (2008) and A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in the Differentiated Classroom (2010).
This webinar will examine the some of the reasons for the chronic gap in performance for these student populations, and how schools can tackle the core causes. Important answers lie in what we now understand about the learning process from brain research and new tools that actually build students’ capacity to learn from good teaching and good curriculum.
“Lazy,” “Troublemaker,” “Stupid,” “ADHD,” “Learning Disabled,” “Spoiled.” Those are some of the labels kids get from adults, but those labels may not accurately reflect the underlying issues driving the behavior their parents, teachers and counselors are challenged to help them with. This webinar will discuss temperamental traits and cognitive deficits that underlie problematic behaviors and that impede students’ academic progress. An understanding of the relationship between developmental issues and the environment leads to practical approaches to addressing problem behaviors.
Dr. Patricia McGuire, a behavioral pediatrician, is our guest presenter for this Neuroscience in Education Webinar. She has over 30 years experience as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and is the mother of three very special children. She is the author of Never Assume: Getting to Know Children Before Labeling Them, and speaks around the country on Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, and other issues in child development.
Join us for an interview with Dr. Gentile in which we plan to explore his research and scientific conclusions on media violence, the potential for pro-social video games, cyber-bullying, video-game playing and attention, how our brains react to video games, and other timely topics in this age of technology and neuroscience.
Last year when we presented at a conference sponsored by Marian University, we became aware of their program for training new teachers incorporating neuroscience principles and ensuring that their graduates have an understanding of how the brain learns. Since these young men and women are starting off their careers with this understanding, we wanted to talk to them about their classroom experiences. Joining us will be Dea Nunnally, a high school teacher, Austin Inge, a middle school teacher, and Brad Crozier, a school administrator who uses brain-compatible professional development with his teachers.
The world of neuroscience can help guide our approach to instructional methods to support higher levels of cognitive interaction and mastery across disciplines. Participants in this webinar will gain insights into the instructional methods that can help students attain the increased levels of cognition envisioned in the Common Core State Standards.
This webinar will be presented by Margaret Glick, a consultant and author of The Instructional Leader and the Brain, and a former teacher, principal and superintendent. Ms. Glick has been working to connect findings from neuroscience research to classroom practice for over a decade.
We talk a lot about the importance of underlying cognitive skills for academic performance, but how exactly do those skills show up when one is learning biology, or studying history, or analyzing literature? This webinar will take attendees beyond the elementary classroom and the priorities of reading and math to more complex, higher-order thinking required for successful performance in academic subjects at the middle-school and high-school level.
Our guest presenter for this webinar is Stacy Harris, founder of Creating Independent Learners. As a learning specialist for the past nine years, she has specialized in visual and auditory processing, visual language processing, and written expression. She has studied extensively in the areas of content learning, literacy, and writing, focusing on the application of her background in neurpsychology, in which she received a Master's degree from the University of Chicago.
The focus of this year's New Findings webinar will be on the impact of the digital age on our brains. We will review recent research on the effects of media and technology on the brain and examine the differences at different stages of development. The discussion will touch on the positive and negative effects of video games, television, and smartphones. Finally, we will look at ways to help our students, families, and ourselves be more thoughtful consumers of media and technology.
In this webinar, we will discuss the key trends in education -- including limited funds, the pressure for accountability, the emphasis on teacher proficiency and the move to the Common Core Standards -- and how these trends are adding unprecedented urgency to incorporating brain-based strategies in our schools. We will then focus on three key principles of how the brain functions/learns that are the most important for all educators to know. Each principle will be explained with concrete and practical strategies and techniques that work in the classroom.
The presenters for this webinar are Roger Stark, founder and CEO of Learning Enhancement Corporation, and Betsy Hill, the company's president and COO. The webinar will reprise content and themes recently provided in presentations at a Congressional Briefing in Washington DC, in a webinar for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and in several venues in Florida and Texas. The strong interest generated by these presentations has been such that we wanted to expand the audience via our Neuroscience in Education Webinar Series.
Lori Desautels, PhD, is author of How May I Serve You? In this webinar, we will talk with Dr. Desautels about her book, exploring topics such as the power of the question, the issues with standardized testing, how to help students deal with stress, the concept of individualized learning plans, and other subjects that can help both novice and experienced teachers rise above education as usual.
Emotions play a role in learning, as do the cognitive skills and capacities that students bring to the classroom. Students who struggle because of deficits in underlying cognitive processes, such as working memory, executive functions, and processing speed, can become disengaged, leading to behavioral problems and low social and emotional effectiveness. This presentation will examine the interplay between cognition and emotions, focusing particularly on executive functions, and how improving underlying cognitive processes improves student capacity for academic and life success.
Ron Kraft is intensely focused on student achievement and led the Harbor Beach MI schools to be one of the highest performing districts in the state. Part of his strategy was to focus on students' cognitive skills -- and that is why he was the first superintendent in the country to introduce BrainWare Safari software throughout the district, an approach he is also implementing at a new Michigan District, Hale Area Schools. During this interview, we'll ask Mr. Kraft why he chose this path and what the impact has been. We'll also explore with him his views on educating students in the 21st century, developing students' social and emotional skills, the use of technology, and coping with challenging financial circumstances. We'll ask him how he managed to reduce spending on special education by 50%, reduce the population classified as special education from 18% to 5%, and deliver more effective interventions for students who need them. We hope to elicit some keys to creating an educational environment where everyone is truly committed to each student's success.
What teachers don’t know about neuroscience can hurt them … and their students. A recent study of teacher perceptions about neuroeducational information explored teachers’ prior knowledge, emotions, sharing of information through social and other avenues and neuromyths. The study found a significant absence of basic knowledge of neuroeducational pedagogy and an overabundance of neuromyths among the teachers surveyed and interviewed.
Dr. Tammy Shepherd, author of the study, will present her findings and explain how and why teachers without a fundamental understanding of how the brain learns best will struggle to support increased learning among their students.
Being deemed gifted may open doors to different kinds of academic experiences and can be a source of pride for students, and especially their parents. But giftedness, like most other labels in education, can become rather complex when we look below the surface. Only recently has neuroscience begun to take a look at giftedness and the research may already be calling into question some of the conventional wisdom on the criteria for “gifted and talented” and how to support gifted students, including those who also have learning disabilities (twice exceptional).
The focus of this year's New Findings webinar will be what we are learning about the adolescent brain and some of the latest thinking on creativity and how to help students (and ourselves) become more creative. Time permitting, we hope to touch on new findings on attention and multi-tasking,
Students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) often have deficits in core underlying cognitive functions, such as working memory, executive function, and visual and auditory processing. New evidence from a quantitative study of students with SLD shows the impact of cognitive skills development with BrainWare Safari on the students' overall cognitive and academic performance. The striking results from the study will be presented.This webinar will be presented by Sarah Avtzon, the lead researcher for the study. Ms. Avtzon is Assistant Professor at Daemen College, Master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Director, Daemen College, Master’s Program in Early Childhood Special Education- Alternative Certification track. MS. ED and ED.S from Teachers College Columbia University, Ph.D candidate at Walden University.
In this world of very available technology, our children and students have more "Cyber Freedom" than ever before. They are connected through social networks and cell phones, for both good and ill. Dean Delisle, Founder and CEO of Forward Progress will discuss what we can do to protect our students from bullies, predators, advertisers, reputation threats and themselves. Mr. Delisle has coached and trained over 50,000 people globally on the benefits and cautions of social networking and proper use of the Internet. He has created programs to assist schools and colleges, as well as a program to improve Social Network Responsibility for families named MySocialTutor.com. With over one million reports of Cyberbullying on Facebook alone, this is a timely and important topic.
While our education system remains steeped in standardized testing, the paradigm shift of accountability for college- and career-readiness is challenging some long-held assumptions about assessments. Assessments, we are hearing, should measure competency or proficiency in applying skills and information. Students, we are told, need to become partners and owners in their own education and in monitoring their own progress. What we measure, how we measure it, and what we do with the measures are all changing.
Michael Patterson, President & CEO of Avant Assessment, and a thought-leader in the evolving role of assessments, will provide an overview of some of the latest trends and how research into how students learn is informing new approaches to assessment. Specific topics to be addressed in this webinar include:
•The roles of data, information and evidence in effective assessments;
•The validity of performance assessments;
•How rubrics help blur the line between learning and assessment for students;
•Assessing cognitive development as part of learning; and
•How student self-image and engagement can be supported through proficiency assessments.
Join for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Wolfe on the nature of the learning process, how to enhance learning and teaching by incorporating brain-compatible strategies in the classroom, and the implications of technology, gender differences, and brain development at various stages and ages.
This webinar will discuss technologies that are being implemented to improve students' cognitive skills and their thinking ability. The discussion will highlight the use of four brain-compatible technologies in Harbor Beach, Michigan, a district whose superintendent emphasizes "information age tools for information age learning." Both practical applications and research results will be reviewed.
When we read The Genius in All of Us earlier this year, we saw the nature vs. nurture debate being transformed before our eyes. The concepts of IQ, talent, and abilities now have new meaning. Our understanding of prodigies like Mozart has changed forever. All of this is thanks to David Shenk, author of this fascinating book.
Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal of Pope John Paul II and Notre Dame Catholic Schools (and a "brainiac"), and the Learning Enhancement Team return to discuss additional practical approaches to incorporating brain-friendly practices in the classroom. When we say brain-friendly, we mean for all the brains in the classroom -- the teacher's, as well as the students'!. In August, we started this discussion with practical examples of how, why and when to integrate games, how to teach students about their brains, and strategies to make the process of adopting new practices not so overwhelming. There is more to this topic than can be handled in just one short webinar, so we asked Dr. Whitaker to come back and share more!
Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal of Pope John Paul II and Notre Dame Catholic Schools (and a "brainiac"), and the Learning Enhancement Team discuss practical approaches to incorporating brain-friendly practices in the classroom. When we say brain-friendly, we mean for all the brains in the classroom -- the teacher's, as well as the students'! As we start to understand more about the brain and how it learns, the information can be overwhelming. How can you possibly hope to reach every student? How could you ever hope to create 30 individualized lesson plans? How can you incorporate brain-friendly techniques like games into the classroom routine and be taken seriously? And when you do, how do you know if it’s working?
This webinar will take a new look at English Language Learners (ELL, ESL, EL), review some recent research on the brain and language acquisition, and provide a case study on the use of a cognitive skills development program to help EL students accelerate gains in English acquisition and academic performance. Joining LEC staff for this webinar are Peggy Harrington, Director of Bilingual Programs for the Hammond, IN public schools, and Ana Gomez, a Coach in the Hammond Bilingual Program. The Bilingual Program includes an all-day program for low English proficiency students, classes for high school and middle school students, and ESL classes for elementary school students within the school day conducted at local elementary schools, including pull-out, push-in and sheltered English programs. The combined programs serve approximately 1600 students and have made AYP every year since 2005.
Over the last couple of years, schools have used BrainWare Safari to improve cognitive functioning and academic performance with a variety of student populations, building on earlier research in schools.
Each week seems to bring new information about the brain and how it works. Education is transforming from guesswork and folklore to science-based practice, based on our growing knowledge of the working of our students' brains. What do the lastest findings mean for educators? This one-hour webinar will focus on two primary areas where new knowledge provides compelling support for changes in educational practices: READING PATHWAYS & ADD/ADHD.
Despite the fact that Title I has been in place for over 45 years, achievement gaps persist. As new research is showing, the gaps are less achievement gaps than capacity gaps. Students from low socio-economic backgrounds come to our classrooms with cognitive deficits that stand in their way of being able to learn, even with good curriculum and good teaching. Learn about the nature of the deficits and how to address them.
What is effective Tier 2 supplemental instruction? How can you help students who are falling behind in their academic progress fill in the gaps? Is there anything you can do besides just giving students more of the same instruction and additional time on task? What do students really need to become effective learners and succeed academically?
Cognitive skills give students the basic capacity they need to be able to learn, whether it's reading, math or another subject. Understanding the role of cognitive skills in the learning process can help identify underlying reasons why some students have difficulty in certain areas. Familiarity with the principles of cognitive development can help teachers and administrators select and implement programs to support the development of learning capacity for all students.