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The Art and Science of Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotion for Student Success Conference

1440 Mind-Body Education Conference

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

It’s time for us to reimagine how schools can prepare students for success in college, career, and community, as well as equip them with evidence-based tools for cultivating new habits for health and well-being over a lifetime.

The research is compelling—students’ academic achievement is highly dependent on cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being. In this gathering for educators, administrators, parents, and education policy makers, we will explore the emerging science and the practices that can ensure we’re adequately addressing all of these aspects for our students.

In keynote talks, we will examine emotional intelligence and how it is linked to academic achievement, delve into the neuroscience of learning and executive functions, unpack the impact of adversity and trauma on learning, and explore the neurobiology of adolescents.

A panel of teachers, students, and school leaders will explore innovations and success stories. Break-out sessions will give us the opportunity to dive deeper into topics like mindfulness, difficult emotions, CARE for Teachers, mindsets for learning, school climate, integrating movement into instruction, and systems thinking. We will also have the chance to view and discuss The Mask We Live In, a film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom .

As we come to a deeper understanding of the interrelatedness of mind, body, and emotions, we receive new insights, inspiration, and determination to provide students the optimal learning environment in which to grow and thrive. Together we apply our collective wisdom to creating meaningful systems change that lasts.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll also have an opportunity to renew your mind, body, and soul with yoga, meditation, qigong, music and dance, delicious food, and time in nature.

Daniel Siegel, MD | Tish Jennings, MEd, PhD | Marc Brackett, PhD | Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH | Ashanti Branch, MEd | Judy Willis, MD, MEd | Ellen Moir, MA | Mike Kuczala | Linda Graham, MFT | Mark Wilding, MA | Wendy Baron, MA | Michael Clark | Laura Bakosh, PhD | Vivian Elliott, PhD

January 12 - 15, 2018
Friday-Monday , 3 nights

$495 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

It’s time for us to reimagine how schools can prepare students for success in college, career, and community, as well as equip them with evidence-based tools for cultivating new habits for health and well-being over a lifetime.

The research is compelling—students’ academic achievement is highly dependent on cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being. In this gathering for educators, administrators, parents, and education policy makers, we will explore the emerging science and the practices that can ensure we’re adequately addressing all of these aspects for our students.

In keynote talks, we will examine emotional intelligence and how it is linked to academic achievement, delve into the neuroscience of learning and executive functions, unpack the impact of adversity and trauma on learning, and explore the neurobiology of adolescents.

A panel of teachers, students, and school leaders will explore innovations and success stories. Break-out sessions will give us the opportunity to dive deeper into topics like mindfulness, difficult emotions, CARE for Teachers, mindsets for learning, school climate, integrating movement into instruction, and systems thinking. We will also have the chance to view and discuss The Mask We Live In, a film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom .

As we come to a deeper understanding of the interrelatedness of mind, body, and emotions, we receive new insights, inspiration, and determination to provide students the optimal learning environment in which to grow and thrive. Together we apply our collective wisdom to creating meaningful systems change that lasts.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll also have an opportunity to renew your mind, body, and soul with yoga, meditation, qigong, music and dance, delicious food, and time in nature.

Faculty Bio

Daniel Siegel, MD

Daniel Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. Also at UCLA, he is a founding codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.

As the executive director of the Mindsight Institute—which offers online learning and in-person lectures focusing on the development of mindsight in individuals, families, and communities—he is also addressing the intersection of human relationships with basic biological processes. As a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, he studied family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory, and narrative.

Known for his unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts accessible and exciting to a range of audiences, Dr. Siegel has addressed diverse local, national, and international groups, including Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the King of Thailand, Google University, London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.

His books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. He lives in Southern California with his family.

Tish Jennings, MEd, PhD

Dr. Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom.

Dr. Jennings led the team that developed CARE for Teachers, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, emotional supportiveness and sensitivity, and classroom productivity in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress.

Dr. Jennings is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, an integrated health education program designed to align with state and national health and physical education standards. She is co-principal investigator on a large randomized controlled trial being conducted in Louisville, Kentucky, to evaluate the curriculum’s efficacy. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jennings spent over 22 years as a Montessori teacher, school director, and teacher educator.

She is the author of Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, part of the Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education.

 

Marc Brackett, PhD

Marc Brackett is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in decision-making, relationships, mental health, and both academic and workplace performance, as well as the impact of emotional intelligence training. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning.

Dr. Brackett is cocreator of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than 1,000 public and private schools, and has reached nearly one million students, their educators, and their families.

Dr. Brackett serves on a wide-range of advisory boards, including CASEL and the Born This Way Foundation. He has collaborated with Facebook on three projects: tools to help adolescents manage online bullying; The Bullying Prevention Hub that provides resources for children, families, and educators; and inspirED, a resource center to help high schools build more positive learning environments.

He regularly consults with school systems and corporations around the world, and his research has been featured in the New York Times and Time magazine. He also is a frequent guest on National Public Radio.

 

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH

A pioneer in the field of medicine, Nadine Burke Harris has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between early childhood adversity, child development, and health, and how the practical applications of the ACE study can improve health outcomes.

A pediatrician, mom, and founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr. Burke Harris has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach to audiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Google Zeitgeist.

Dr. Burke Harris’ TED talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime,” has been viewed more than one million times. Her work has been profiled in the New Yorker, in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, and in Jamie Redford’s soon to be released feature film, Resilience.

Dr. Burke Harris serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative, championed by the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation, to improve the lives of children ages birth to five.

She also serves as an advisor on Governor Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, and as a committee member for the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

With partners and allies, Dr. Burke Harris and the Center for Youth Wellness are spearheading a national public education campaign to get the message out on early adversity to parents and pediatricians across the country, just as previous campaigns did for seat belts and secondhand smoke.

Ashanti Branch, MEd

Ashanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education—and how their schools interact with them.

Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at California Polytechnic. As a successful construction project manager, his life changed when he began tutoring struggling students and realized his passion for teaching.

In 2004, he started the Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving their potential. Since its inception, the Ever Forward Club has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school and 93 percent of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges, join the military, or enter into trade school.

Ashanti was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and the Ever Forward Club was featured in the documentary The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

 

Judy Willis, MD, MEd

Dr. Judy Willis combined her 15 years as a practicing board-certified neurologist with 10 subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background in both neuroscience and education, she has written seven books about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Dr. Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master’s of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Willis has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting about learning and the brain. She has been interviewed by USA Today, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News Education Nation, ABC Australia Radio, Lateline Australia, Popular Mechanics, Neurology Today, Education Week, and Parenting magazine among others, and writes staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, Psychology Today, and The Guardian. In 2011 she was selected by Edutopia as a “Big Thinker on Education.”

Ellen Moir, MA

Ellen Moir is founder and chief executive officer of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for new teachers and for the students they teach.

She founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience. Today she oversees a staff of more than 150 who work closely with educators and policy makers nationwide. NTC seeks to work in high-poverty schools in underserved communities to ensure that low-income, minority, and English language learners—those students most often taught by inexperienced teachers—have the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

Ellen is widely recognized for her work in beginning teacher development and school reform. She has extensive experience in public education, having previously served as director of teacher education at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and worked as a bilingual teacher.

She has received a number of awards, including the 2015 Mary Utne O’Brien Award for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-Based Practice of Social and Emotional Learning, the 2015 California Association of Supervision of Curriculum and Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader award, and the 2014 Brock International Prize in Education.

Ellen is coauthor of many publications, including Keys to the Elementary ClassroomKeys to the Secondary Classroom, New Teacher Mentoring: Hopes and Promise for Improving Teacher Effectiveness, and Blended Coaching: Skills and Strategies to Support Principal Development.

 

Mike Kuczala

Mike Kuczala is the coauthor of the Corwin bestseller and Association of Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Award nominated, The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement, a book and philosophy that has changed the view of teaching and learning around the world. Mike’s second book, Training in Motion: How to Use Movement to Create Engaging and Effective Learning, was released in 2015.

President of Kuczala Consulting and Academic Director for the Regional Training Center, an educational consulting firm based in Randolph, New Jersey, Mike has become an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant at international conferences, school districts, and corporations.

His presentations have been experienced in such diverse settings as The East Asia Regional Council of Schools, The American Society for Training and Development, The Forum for Innovative Leadership, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Lawyer Brain OD Roundtable.

An expert in training, training design, and effective presentation, he has designed or co-designed, three of the most successful graduate courses in the history of the Regional Training Center. Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success, Wellness: Creating Health and Balance in the Classroom and The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement are facilitated by a cadre of more than 70 trained instructors who have taught thousands of teachers the key principles of instructional movement, motivation, and wellness.

As a graduate instructor, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, Mike regularly facilitates professional development programs in both corporate and educational settings in the areas of motivation, presentation skill, using movement to enhance the learning process, brain-based teaching and training, differentiated instruction and training, enhancing student thinking, and topics related to wellness and stress management.

His engaging and practical professional development programs have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of corporate executives, teachers, administrators, and parents around the world over the last decade.

Linda Graham, MFT

Linda Graham has been an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and self-transformation for more than 20 years. She integrates the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology, and Eastern contemplative practices in order to help people shift out of old response patterns into flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to authentic resilience and well-being.

Drawing on her own experience as a seasoned clinician—integrating mindfulness practice, experiential psychotherapies, and findings from neuroscience—she has published numerous articles in national publications, as well as Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, a book offering groundbreaking tools and techniques for rewiring old response patterns.

In helping and guiding others, she sources her own experiences of healing and awakening, as well as more than two decades of integrative study, practice, and teaching of transformational psychotherapies, vipassana meditation, life coaching, and facilitating groups and workshops.

Mark Wilding, MA

Mark Wilding is the executive director and a core faculty member of PassageWorks Institute. He is coauthor of The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching, a book for K–12 educators. In addition to his duties as a director, Mark teaches courses and workshops, facilitates conferences and dialogues, and presents keynotes and lectures. He works closely with PassageWorks faculty to develop and deliver programs that support educators to develop the intrapersonal and interpersonal capacities necessary to: sustain an authentic teaching practice; engage students; support social, emotional, and academic learning outcomes; and collaborate effectively with colleagues.

Mark is the former director of Naropa University’s center for business and economics, and he helped launch a graduate degree program at Naropa in 1995. Mark continues to teach graduate courses in authentic leadership and systems thinking at Naropa. He has held leadership roles in government, business, nonprofit, and academic organizations. In 1985, he helped found a public computer software company, and served on the board and in several roles until he left as president in 1993.

Wendy Baron, MA

Wendy Baron is a teacher, author, researcher, coach, and master facilitator. She is cofounder of the New Teacher Center, a premier coaching organization, where she serves as Chief Officer of Social and Emotional Learning.

Wendy is author of several articles and book chapters, and has produced numerous videos related to mentoring and new-teacher development.

In addition to her leadership in the field of education, she has been a longtime contributor to the Chopra Center, writing course materials and leading the content development for online learning.

A certified meditation and yoga instructor, Wendy brings unique skills and expertise to her workshops for fostering personal growth in the areas of conscious communication, relationships, leadership development, health, and well-being. With her extensive experience in coaching, adult-learning theory, group facilitation, and professional development, Wendy is dedicated to supporting everyone in living healthy, balanced lives with resilience, inner peace, connection, and joy.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is the only speaker teaching leaders and teams how to transform intellectual, emotional, and physical engagement and productivity. Michael delivers keynotes, training, and executive coaching to people working in large, medium, and small companies, and K-20 educational communities.

Michael has deep experience in taking a client’s vision and desired outcomes and crafting them into relevant content and engaging presentations. His programs deliver super-practical insights, tools, and strategies for overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and realizing goals.

Michael is passionate about the most current science and research on leadership, engagement, productivity, learning, teaching, psychology, instructional design, change management, neuroscience, technology, social media, content marketing, and social business.

Michael lives in Mission Beach, San Diego, California, and can be found running on the beach, body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, and camping in the mountains and desert.

Laura Bakosh, PhD

Dr. Bakosh is a researcher, program developer, and co-founder of Inner Explorer—a nonprofit organization helping children unlock academic potential and foster lifelong well-being. For 20 years Laura worked in large multinational companies, and began practicing mindfulness as a way to mitigate the stress of work and travel. The daily practice was so impactful in her life that she invited an MBSR teacher to facilitate training and provide practice tools for her team at GE Healthcare, over a 3-year period, from 2001-2003. Record sales volume, reduced turnover, and improved morale were all linked to the mindfulness training.

During the same time, GE fMRI equipment was being used in early studies that showed consistent mindfulness practice causes brain changes that support improved cognitive function. Understanding that these habits of mind would be useful for children, she attended the MBSR Teacher Practicum at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in 2007, and began investigated adapted MBSR approaches for children. For several years she taught in classrooms and after school centers when it became clear that a daily practice tool was a missing link, and would be useful for children to develop the habit of being mindful. This led to the development of an MBSR adapted 10-minute, daily, audio-guided program, and the launching of Inner Explorer in 2011. Now more than 10,000 classrooms are running the program. Inner Explorer has become a simple and cost effective tool for educators to use to help students (and themselves) practice being mindful every day.

Laura graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, after conducting multiple research studies on the effects of the daily practice on academic outcomes. Published research, Maximizing Mindful Learning proves the brief, automated practices reduce stress, leading to improved grades, test scores, and behavior. Laura and the Inner Explorer team’s vision is to break the cycle of poverty, violence, and despair through daily mindfulness programs in schools. They believe that it will be the most impactful social justice initiative of our time.

Vivian Elliott, PhD

Vivian Elliott is a senior consultant with Learning Forward and with Elliott Service Systems Inc. She provides professional development and leadership coaching to teachers, school administrators, and managers in organizations throughout the United States. Dr. Elliott earned her doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying organizational change, equity, and leadership.

For more than thirty years, she has conducted educational research, designed and facilitated workshops, and published educational writings to promote cultural responsiveness and bias elimination. Her recent publication, The Principal Story Field Guide, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and Learning Forward, is widely used in conjunction with the documentary, The Principal Story.

Vivian Elliott is known in school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations for skillful facilitation, excellent team leadership, and quality project management. Dr. Elliott co-created the Colorado Coalition for Equity in Education and served in leadership roles for the National Coalition for Equity in Education and the Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal.

 

Why Attend

  • Step to the forefront of research-based conversations that are fueling and empowering the integration of whole-person wellness into the educational system for the benefit of students, their classrooms, and our communities.

  • Get inspired by mind-body wellness practices that enhance childhood development and support learning and success in the classroom and beyond.

  • Connect with like-minded colleagues, peers, and thought leaders in an inspiring and fun educational setting that allows you time and opportunities for self-care through yoga, meditation, hiking, farm-to-table meals, and more.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Once you register online, please call our Registration Department at 844-544-1440 to reserve your place in individual workshops.

     

    CONFERENCE AGENDA

     

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018

    WELCOME

    SETTING INTENTIONS

    6:45-7:30 pm

    With Wendy Baron, MA, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning,

    New Teacher Center

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    7:30-8:30pm

    Creating an Emotion Revolution in Our Nation’s Schools

    With Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence 

    FACILITATED GROUP DIALOGUE

    8:30-9:00pm

    • What is an insight or new learning?
    • What importance does this topic have in your context?
    • What are you curious about?

     

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018

    MEDITATION

    6:45-7:45 am 

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    9:00 am – 10:00 am

    • How Emotion Impacts the Brain’s Successful Learning and What to Do About it

    With Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.

    FACILITATED GROUP DIALOGUE

    10:00-10:30am

    • What is surprising?
    • How might you apply this learning in your context?
    • What else do you want to know? How might you find out about it?

     

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    10:45-11:45am

    • Adversity and Impact on Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health and Wellbeing

    With Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., CEO Center for Youth Wellness

     

    Q&A

    11:45am-12:00pm  

    OVERVIEW OF AFTERNOON

    12:00-12:15pm 

    LUNCH BREAK

    12:30-2:00pm

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    2:00-4:00pm

    Choose one of the following experiential workshops for the afternoon session:

               

    Fostering ‘Readiness to Learn’ – A School and District-wide Approach to Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning (MBSEL)

    Laura Bakosh., Ph.D, Inner Explorer Co-Founder

     

    Readiness to Learn’ is the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors and to inhibit impulsivity, and is foundational to academic success and positive social interactions. Fostering ‘readiness’ is an allusive task due to the extensive stress, anxiety and trauma students and teachers regularly experience. Find out how daily mindfulness-based social emotional learning (MBSEL) programs promote readiness and resilience, and provide a solid base for STEM. Learn how technology can support both simplified implementation and sustainable outcomes.

     

    UnMasking Successful Student-Teacher Relationships

    Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., Founder and Executive Director, Ever Forward Club

    Taking Off The Mask is a highly experiential workshop that creates a safe space for individuals and teams to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. EFC recognizes that each person has a set of shared human needs – for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at work, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement – and ultimately more powerful results. 

    Intellectual, Emotional & Physical Learning for School, College & Career Success

    Michael Clark, CEO ReCenter Consulting

    Technology, social media, global connectivity and inclusive diversity are transforming learning,teaching, collaborating and working. College and career paths are undergoing unprecedented change. Preparing students with the skills necessary for success has never been more challenging for educators.

    Intellectual, emotional and physical learning includes and engages all students in a dynamic process of growth, development and positive change. During this presentation, you will experience super-practical tools and strategies that you can model and teach to your students, colleagues and parents. Relevant for

    every grade level and subject area, intellectual, emotional and physical learning empowers students with the mindsets and skillsets to be successful in school, college and career.

    Resilience and the Brain

    Linda Graham, MFT

    Resilience – capacities to cope with stress and adversity – can be strengthened safely, efficiently, effectively, when we know how.

    This break-out session will guide educators to the very practical tools, validated by the decades-long dovetailing of neuroscience and behavioral science research, that create a culture in the classroom of safety, empathic relationships, positive pro-social emotions, novelty, and mindful awareness, all powerful agents of brain change that prime neuroplasticity and foster learning and growth.

    These tools will be applied to four intelligences – somatic, emotional, relational, and reflective – that help students more easily bounce back from disappointments, difficulties, even disasters, and recover a reliable thriving and flourishing.

    CARE for Teachers: Reducing Stress and Improving Classroom Environments

    Tish Jennings, M.Ed, Ph.D

    Teachers face growing demands that are increasing stress and reducing job satisfaction. Students are less prepared and accountability measures add pressure to teachers’ workload. Stress affects the brain in ways that interfere with teaching and learning. Mindfulness can help teachers manage the stress of teaching by helping them become more aware of their emotional reactivity when it first arises so they can calm down and respond to situations thoughtfully, rather than reacting unconsciously. You will learn valuable skills that will help you manage the stressful demands of the classroom and cultivate an exceptional learning environment.

    The Kinesthetic Classroom, Going Deeper

    Mike Kuczala, Author, The Kinesthetic Classroom, Teaching and Learning Through Movement

    The brain and body are inextricably connected.  If we want students to be more engaged, attentive, motivated and improve academically, we can do so by creating Kinesthetic Classrooms.  Participants will experience – in greater depth – the 6-part framework for using movement including (1) Preparing the Brain, (2) Providing Brain Breaks, (3) Supporting Exercise and Fitness, (4) Creating Class Cohesion, (5) Reviewing Content and (6) Teaching Content.  You will leave with dozens of immediately usable classroom applications! But the importance of movement doesn’t end with k-12 students.  It is just as critical in adult learning and presentation.  We’ll also examine the 6-part framework in adult learning, presentation facilitation with adults, and the cognitive underpinnings of why movement and physical activity are relevant to all learners.

    Social and Emotional Learning: A Systems Approach

    Sherrie Raven, Implementation Coordinator, CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

    Are you wondering what social and emotional learning could look like in your school or classroom? This session draws on lessons learned as a principal, district SEL lead and in the CASEL Collaborating Districts Initiative. We will explore ways to select and implement social and emotional learning programs and build teacher capacity to integrate SEL into daily instruction. Through interactive learning and discussion, participants will plan for implementation in their own settings while learning from the successes and challenges of districts that have been working on systemic SEL for 6 or more years. 

    Leading Together: Strengthening the Adult Community in Schools

    Pam Seigle, MS, Executive Director, Center for Courage & Renewal Northeast at Wellesley

    Collaborative school communities are critical to helping students succeed in learning and life. Research indicates that the quality of adult relationships within a school has the biggest impact on its ability to improve. Schools are only as effective as the social relationships of the people within them. Positive adult relationships, built upon trust, make a powerful difference for students.

    We will drawing on the Leading Together approach of the Center for Courage & Renewal, SEL, mindfulness, and the latest research on relational trust in schools, and experience practices that are key to nurturing a trustworthy community of colleagues. 

    Leveraging Neuroscience to Help Our Children Thrive

    Sheila Walker, CFA, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    This session will draw on research from the fields of neurobiology, behavioral genetics, epigenetics, endocrinology and social science to elucidate how nature operates via nurture to influence individual differences in development, learning and behavior.  Included will be the context of adversity, and how unremitting and unbuffered stress can become “toxic”, impairing educational outcomes and mental as well as physical health. The session will also cover the science of epigenetics, the neurobiology of resilience, and the profound significance of relational trust for a wide range of key school and life outcomes. Finally, the material will reinforce the bio-social importance of positive lifestyle choices – such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and healthy friendships – as foundational for helping each child reach their full potential.

    Introduction to Engaged Teaching and Learning:

    Integrating Mindfulness, Cultural Responsiveness, and Social and Emotional Learning

    Mark Wilding, M.A. Executive Director, and Vivian Elliott,. Ph.D, Senior Associate and Faculty,

    PassageWorks Institute

    “A child’s background should not determine what they’re able to do in life…”

    — Dr. Pedro Noguera

    It is essential that we create relationship-based learning environments and experiences that engage students with different identities and cultural backgrounds. This highly experiential session will explore how SEL, cultural responsiveness, and mindfulness can weave together to help us develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions which unleash the power of learner centered education. The interactive sessions will include powerful principles and practices that employ collaborative approaches to teaching, learning, and transforming school culture.

    Constructing Durable, Transferable Memory in Learning Climates where Mistakes are Integral to Learning

    Judy Willis, M.D, M.Ed.,

    The application of the neuroscience research to teaching offers keys to access the brain’s most powerful information processing networks to and increase memory construction, accuracy, durability, and retrieval while promoting a learning environment where mistakes are integral to learning.

    You’ll learn what this research reveals about how the brain constructs physical links between new information and prior knowledge to successfully capture and retain learning. Topics including the latest research on neuroplasticity, dopamine-reward memory, and the power of patterning will be linked to ready-to-use relevant classroom strategies.

    Through neuroplasticity, the application of these developing networks to active and interactive learning, strengthens their highest cognitive potentials. Students who construct their understanding and are guided to extend learning into concept neural networks will have wisdom that can be applied in school and transferred to new applications long after the school years. They will be prepared for the demands of vocations or higher education to adapt their understanding as facts change and be creative innovators in response to the new problems and opportunities of the 21st century.

    YOGA

    4:45 pm – 5:45 pm            

    DINNER BREAK

    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE, AND CELEBRATE THROUGH DRUMMING

    7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

     

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018 

    YOGA

    6:45-7:45 am 

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    9:00-10:00 am

    • The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Resilience, Curiosity, and Vitality in Youth

    With Daniel Siegel

     FACILITATED GROUP DIALOGUE

    10:00-10:30am

    • What is something you just learned or relearned? What is important about that?
    • How might you help cultivate resilience, curiosity, and vitality in your context?
    • What else are you interested in learning?

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    10:45-12:30 am

    Please note: Judy Willis will not be offering a session today. Instead, please choose among Saturday’s sessions and:            

    The Power of Play to Enhance Learning, Build Social Connections and Encourage Curiosity

    Martha Kaufeldt, M.A.

    Could it be that the need to “play” is hardwired into our brains? What happens to children’s brains when more time is spent sitting indoors in front of a screen? Are our students “play-deprived?” Discover how play and physical activity can help promote problem-solving, creativity and develop social skills necessary for the 21st Century. Learn ways that educators can promote curiosity and engagement by using novelty, humor, challenge and movement. Play is fun, natural and necessary for developing brains.

    LUNCH

    12:30-2:00pm

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    2:15-3:15pm

    • The Kinesthetic Classroom

    With Mike Kuczala 

    SMALL GROUP DIALOGUE

    3:15-4:00pm

    • What are your thoughts, feelings, and questions about this topic?
    • What are you curious about?
    • How does this apply in your context?

     QIGONG

    4:45-5:45pm 

    DINNER

    5:30-7:00pm

    VIDEO AND CONVERSATION

    7:30-9:00 pm

    • The Mask We Live In

    With Ashanti Branch

    MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

     TAI CHI

    6:45-7:45 am

    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    9:00-10:30am

    • Voices from the Field and Q&A

    With Ellen Moir, CEO, New Teacher Center and Eastside Union High School District Students, Teachers, and Leaders, including Greg Louie, Principal, Santa Teresa High School; Teresa Marquez, Director of Instruction ESUHSD; and Melissa Wheeler, Mindfulness Coordinator, ESUHSD

    NEXT STEPS

    10:50-11:30am

    • As you reflect on your learnings over the conference, what are some of the most salient points?
    • What is a vision you hold for your context? What is your desired state?
    • How might you get there? How might you expand your influence to create a healthy environment with strong relationships, attention to physical, emotional, and cognitive health and wellbeing?

    .CLOSING REMARKS, APPRECIATIONS, COMMITMENTS

    11:30-12:00pm

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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