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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 John Amaechi.

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.

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Daniel Siegel, MD | Marc Brackett, PhD | Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH | Ashanti Branch, MEd | Ellen Moir, MA | Mike Kuczala | Judy Willis, M.D. M.Ed.

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 John Amaechi.

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.

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% 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.

 

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 for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader award, and the 2014 Brock International Prize in Education.

Ellen is coauthor of many publications, including Keys to the Classroom and Keys 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 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 2nd book, Training in Motion: How to Use Movement to Create an Engaging and Effective Learning Environment, was released in 2015 (AMACOM).

President of Kuczala Consulting Inc 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 SRO 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.

Judy Willis, M.D. M.Ed.

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist combined her 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background as both in 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, 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, USA Today, Education Week, 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.”

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

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  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

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

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

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

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

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
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.
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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