ACU's Teaching Conference InformationMindset, Motivation, and Memory
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ACU’s Conference on Teaching, Learning, and the Brain
Mindsets, Motivation and Memory
Mark your calendars for June 23th, 2017!
Arizona Christian University is excited to announce this year’s conference on Teaching, Learning, and the Brain. This conference brings together educators from all around Arizona, and we hope you will be able to attend!
Early Registration is OPEN! Seating is limited!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL PRICE: $89!* INCLUDES LUNCH Also, buy 4 tickets and get the 5th FREE!
*Purchase by April 30th, 2017, for the early bird price of $89. Price will increase to $99 on May 1st.
|7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.||Registration, Check in, Refreshments|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.||Kickoff, Welcome, Announcements, Details of the day|
|8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(break at 10:00am)
|Keynote – The Power of Mindsets – Dr. Bryan Harris|
|11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
|2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Break|
|2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bryan Harris – “The Power of Mindsets”
Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on research-based strategies to increase motivation and memory in the classroom and will also include special sessions for school leaders.
- Even More Surprisingly Ways to Boost Memory and Recall
- Changing Math Mindsets – One District’s Approach to Developing Math Teachers
- How the Brain Learns Best – A Radical “Neuro” logical Approach to Instruction
- The School Leader’s Toolbox – Developing Leadership Within Your School
- Helping Students Develop Conflict Resolution Skills
- Building Resiliency in Struggling Students
- There’s Magic in the Classroom
- Make a Move on Reading – Using Brain-based Strategies to Increase Motivation and Memory
Session Descriptions – 1:00pm-2:15pm
Even More Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Memory & Recall – Dr. Bryan Harris
This session is a follow up to the 2015 conference keynote where Dr. Harris provided relevant and effective ways to boost long-term memory in students. Even if you didn’t attend that session, you will not want to miss this practical session that demonstrates research-proven methods to improve students’ long-term memory.
Changing Math Mindsets – One District’s Approach to Developing Math Teachers – Lisa Dempsey
Participants in this session will learn about an innovative and effective professional development model that focuses on helping teachers develop conceptual understanding of math concepts in order to best help students develop a deep mathematical understanding.
The School Leader’s Toolbox – Developing Leadership within Your School – Dr. Gary Damore
This interactive session, led by veteran school leader Dr. Gary Damore, will offer participants with practical tools, proven strategies, and methods to develop and enhance leaders within your school.
There’s MAGIC in This Classroom – Dr. Linnea Lyding
Magic in your classroom, like a growth mindset, is something that can be developed. Research has shown that connecting to background knowledge, novelty, and relevance are all critical pieces in creating a magical learning environment. When you include these pieces in your instruction, student motivation and memory increase. This session will provide practical and relevant strategies for classroom use.
Technology: Methods, Motivation, and Management – Hannah and Jon Peters
Everyone knows that technology can be a great motivator for students. But managing student use of technology can be a challenge. This interactive and timely session will offer teachers with numerous tools and classroom management strategies for classroom use.
Session Descriptions – 2:30pm-3:45pm
Helping Students Develop Conflict Resolution Skills – Dr. Bryan Harris
In order to be successful in school and in life, students need to learn, develop, and refine conflict resolution skills. However, many schools do not take the time to explicitly teach students this critical skill. This session will offer participants with tools, strategies, models, and lessons that teach students how to cope with and resolve conflict.
Building Resiliency in Struggling Students – Lisa Dempsey
Resiliency is the ability to “bounce back”, recover, or persist in the face of adversity. We all know students who seem to thrive despite sometimes overwhelming challenges. And, we all know students who struggle to persevere through life’s challenges. There is good news for students who struggle – resiliency can be learned! This important and relevant session will offer participants with research-based strategies to build resiliency in students.
The School Leader’s Toolbox – Designing Effective Feedback for Teacher Growth – Dr. Gary Damore
It is well-known that feedback is essential for growth. This is true for both students and adults. However, what methods, tools, and strategies are most effective to support teacher growth? This question and more will be addressed in this practical and strategy-rich session.
Make a Move on Reading – Dr. Linnea Lyding
While the link between physical movement/kinesthetic activities, cognition, and learning are well established, many teachers do not think about using these strategies in reading instruction. In this interactive and highly engaging session, Dr. Lyding will offer concrete, easy to use strategies to teach phonics, syllable types, vocabulary, and comprehension. These strategies increase motivation and retention. This session will address the new Arizona State Standard in grades 1-5 RF.3. that states, “identify and apply all six syllable types to decode.”
How the Brain Learns Best – A Radical “Neuro”logical Approach to Instruction – Ava Genung
Advances in the neurology of learning have effected educational thinking about how students acquire and retain information. Studies in the area of neuroscience show strong correlations to maximizing learning with the practice of sound neuro-“logical” based strategies. Participants will be introduced to a RADical theory of teaching that captures student interests and cements long term memory.
Bryan Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University. He earned a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) from Bethel University in Minnesota after studying factors impacting new teacher retention. He also holds a certification in brain-based learning from Jensen Learning Corporation. As a former teacher, district-level specialist, and principal, he understands the challenges teachers and school leaders face as they strive to meet the needs of all students. He regularly speaks to educators all over the country on the topics of student engagement, motivation, classroom management, and brain-based learning. As the author of four highly regarded books published by Routledge and ASCD, he has a passion for helping educators discover ways to inspire students to achieve excellence.
Dr. Linnea Lyding is a reading specialist who spent over 18 years teaching in special education and general education classrooms. She understands the challenge of reaching all students, which is why she completed her doctoral work in the area of movement. She assisted teachers in adding movement to their instruction, which resulted in increased student engagement, enjoyment, and learning. Dr. Lyding has published three articles on movement through ASCD and was interviewed about the use of movement on an Internet talk show. Now, as an assistant professor in the Education Department at Arizona Christian University, she enjoys sharing her experience and passions with the pre-service teachers in her program.
Dr. Gary Damore has worked in the field of education for more than 40 years. He has been a teacher, principal, superintendent, college faculty member and provost during that time. Currently, Dr. Damore is with Cultivate Consulting Services providing training to educational institutions from pre-school to higher education in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and school management.
Ava Genung, a National Board Certified Teacher, is the former Professional Development Specialist, Mentor, Reading Specialist, and teacher from the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She provides trainings as an ED Specialist with Grand Canyon University, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Christian University. Ava motivates and educates her university students, as well as teachers, in the areas of Thinking Maps, language arts, brain based learning,and student engagement.
Leslie Kramer is a high energy presenter with over 25 years of experience teaching 3rd & 4th grades. Currently, Leslie is an instructional specialist who mentors and supports new teachers in her school district. Nothing makes Leslie happier than to help teachers by providing them with the tools, ideas, and strategies that help them to gain confidence and become successful.
Resources will be posted here after the Conference!