Saturday, 16 December 2017



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Conference Overview - Day 1
Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • 7:30 am - 8:15 am // Breakfast/Registration
  • 8:30 am // Depart for Site Visits
  • 10 am -12 pm // Conference Registration
  • 11:30 am // Return from Site Visits
  • 1 pm - 1:30 pm // Opening Sessions (Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy State Superintendent)
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm // Concurrent Sessions I
  • 2:45 pm - 3 pm // Break
  • 3 pm - 4 pm // Concurrent Sessions II

Conference Overview - Day 2
Friday, November 17, 2017

  • 7:30 am - 8:15 am // Breakfast/LFA Business Meeting
  • 8:15 am - 10:15 am // Keynote Speaker (Dr. Marcia Tate)
  • 10:15 am - 10:30 am // Break
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm // Closing Keynote (Dr. Marcia Tate)

Keynote Description

Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites - 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain
If students don’t learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn. Experience 20 brain compatible strategies that maximize understanding and memory. Use music, metaphor and movement to increase academic achievement for all students. Explore research that shows why these strategies are preferable to others.  Ensure that brains retain key concepts, not only for tests, but for life!

Breakout Sessions

Characteristics of a Brain-Compatible Classroom Environment
Students should be talking and moving while learning - not just sitting! Teachers should be guides on the side and not sages on the stage. Regardless of the grade level or content area, this breakout session can increase student achievement, reduce behavior problems, and make teaching and learning fun by creating a brain-compatible classroom environment. Experience ten characteristics of an unforgettable classroom where students can retain information long after tests have been given! This session has been called informative and so much fun!

Delivering a Brain-Compatible Lesson
Create engaging lessons that will teach to the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities of all students and turn reluctant learners into motivated ones. Learn the five questions that every teacher should be asking when planning a brain-compatible lesson and then experience those questions as a model vocabulary lesson is delivered.

Media Clips:

PD Blog Post

Professional Learning Standards and the Common Core
Posted April 29, 2012

The following excerpt is from Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh's most recent post on LFA's blog. As a recent...Read more...