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Neuroscience in Education Webinar Series

Welcome to The BrainWare Company's Neuroscience in Education Webinar Series

We hope you will join us from time to time as we explore topics at the intersection of neuroscience and education, guided by company experts, educational leaders and other experts in translating the rapid discoveries of neuroscience research into practical application for classroom and clinical practice.

It's easy to attend. All you need is:

  • Computer
  • Phone (speakerphone if multiple attendees from same location) to call into a conference number (may be a long-distance call)
  • Registration is complimentary (no charge), but space is limited.

 

If you can't be there in person, no worries.  We record our webinars and post them, usually within a week, so you and your colleagues can access them later.

To participate, click on the Registration link for the session. The registration link will be live two weeks in advance of a scheduled webinar.

Archived Webinars

Review of the Research on BrainWare SAFARI

Tue. Apr. 15 2014, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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
The webinar is being prepared.

Three Brain-Compatible Strategies Transform Behavior & Academic Results in Two 5th Grade Classrooms

Tue. Mar. 18 2014, 04:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Ain’t Misbehavin’—Helping Students with Under-Developed Sensory, Visual and Cognitive Processing

Tue. Feb. 18 2014, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

Thu. Jan. 23 2014, 03:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Instilling Lifelong Values - And How to Mean It When You Say Thank You

Tue. Jan. 21 2014, 01:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Practical Advice for Brain-Compatible Teaching

Tue. Nov. 12 2013, 03:29 PM EASTERN
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).
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Closing the Gap for Historically Underperforming Students

Tue. Sep. 17 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN

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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Beyond the Label – Helping Kids with Temperament and Learning Issues

Tue. Jun. 18 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
“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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

An Interview with Dr. Douglas Gentile

Tue. May. 21 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.

The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

What Brain-Compatible Teaching Feels Like

Wed. May. 8 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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 webinar is recorded and may be watched…

The Common Core State Standards and the Brain

Tue. Apr. 23 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

How Cognitive Skills Development Translates to Biology, History and Literature

Tue. Apr. 9 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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 webinar is recorded and may be watched…

New Findings in Brain Research for Educators 2013

Tue. Mar. 19 2013, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Neuroscience in the Classroom

Tue. Feb. 19 2013, 03:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

How May I Serve You?—Developing Resilient Students

Tue. Dec. 11 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Building Students’ Cognitive Capacity and Emotional Intelligence

Wed. Nov. 14 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

An Interview with Superintendent Ron Kraft

Tue. Oct. 16 2012, 01:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

What Teachers Don’t Know About Neuroscience

Wed. Sep. 26 2012, 05:00 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Cognitive Skills and Gifted Students

Tue. Aug. 21 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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 webinar is recorded and may be watched…

New Findings in Brain Research 2012

Tue. May. 22 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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,
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Remediating Working Memory, Executive Function and Processing in Students with SLD

Wed. Apr. 25 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Social Networking and Responsible Internet Use

Tue. Mar. 20 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

New Approaches to Assessment: How to Get Every Student to “I Can”

Tue. Feb. 21 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Interview with Patricia Wolfe, Author of Brain Matters

Tue. Jan. 24 2012, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

The Promise of Technology in Developing 21st Century Skills

Tue. Dec. 6 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Interview with David Shenk, Author of The Genius in All of Us

Wed. Nov. 9 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

More Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

Mon. Oct. 10 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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!
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

Tue. Aug. 23 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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?
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Cognitive Skills for English Language Learners (ELL)

Wed. Jun. 29 2011, 03:29 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Case Studies: BrainWare Safari Implementations

Tue. May. 17 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

New Findings in Brain Research

Tue. Apr. 26 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

Addressing Cognitive Deficits in Title I Students

Tue. Mar. 22 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

RTI Tier 1 and Tier 2—Neuroscience for School Improvement Study—Kentucky focus

Tue. Feb. 22 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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?
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

The Cognitive Skills Essential for Learning

Tue. Jan. 25 2011, 03:30 PM EASTERN
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.
The webinar is recorded and may be watched…

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