For Teachers and Administrators
Brain-Based Professional Development with Immediate Practical Applications: Informative. Interactive. Impactful.
Who Should Attend: K-12 Administrators, Content Teachers and Special Educators
More of Them, Less of You! Using Retrieval Strategies to Boost Student Engagement, Collaborative Discourse and Critical Thinking
Disheartened by your students’ lack of interest, motivation and participation? Learning starts with brain, and the moment of engagement is a critical part of the learning process. In this interactive, experiential training, you’ll be empowered with knowledge, skills and strategies about how the brain learns and responds. You’ll learn how to use quick, simple and effective learning-focused retrieval strategies which are immediately transferable to your classroom to maximize student engagement and retention while promoting collaborative peer discussions to support content learning and critical thinking.
From Executive Dysfunction to Executive Function: Developing Metacognitive, Empowered Learners
Looking for ways to help your disorganized, easily distracted and careless students become more efficient and productive? How about those who have difficulty getting started, fall apart when they encounter obstacles, or avoid challenges?
In this experiential training, you’ll learn how to use your daily subject matter to foster metacognitive, empowered learners. This workshop helps students build underdeveloped skill sets and mindsets that are vital to learning and success in school, relationships, jobs and life—all without sacrificing too much instructional time. We will address key information about the brain and the impact of stress on Executive Function as well as how to support students with transitions and routines and the development of skills related to goal setting, organization, time management, self-monitoring, cognitive flexibility, and growth mindset self-talk.
When Stress Goes Up, Learning Goes Down
The impact of stress has far-reaching consequences in the classroom, affecting behavior, ability and receptivity to learning. With the spike in anxiety in children and teens, teachers need to be equipped with key information and quick strategies to decrease stress and help anxious students face their fears. When you give anxiety what it needs—not what it wants—you can spend more time on instruction, less time dealing with behavior issues and cultivate an environment where students stress less, think better and learn more.
Using A.B.C. Worry Free as a reference tool, we will address misunderstandings about anxiety and learn:
- How anxiety works
- Patterns of anxiety and how to interrupt them
- An actionable strategy to manage stressors such as anxiety, frustration or anger
- Communication, accommodation and skill building tips for the classroom
What Do We Do?
Finally. Professional Development you can use immediately in your classroom! We embed our trainings with Neuroscience findings every administrator and teacher need to know and combine them with simple, interactive, user-friendly strategies to decrease stress and boost engagement, learning and performance. Our research based, results-driven trainings fill a void in Professional Development.
We empower teachers with quick and effective strategies to positively cultivate and influence the learning environment. Our trainings help teachers meet the challenges of today’s ever changing classrooms, align with goals from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and build social-emotional learning skills to better prepare students for success in school, relationships, careers and life.
Why Does It Work?
Science has now proven that stress is the biggest inhibitor to learning, yet most educators aren’t using this information to their advantage. When students are in stressed states of anxiety, frustration, anger, boredom or lacking relevance to a subject, they’re not receptive to learning.
We train teachers how to get the most out of their students by seizing the brain’s Neuroplasticity, its ability to change based on instruction, experience and practice. We show educators how to remove stressful barriers to learning, facilitate mindful student thought patterns and interactions and implement proven cognitive, emotional and social strategies that keep the brain in a positive emotional state, maximize learning and make the learning process more fun!
How Can We Help?
We understand the value of teachers’ time. All information and strategies in our trainings are relevant, timely and immediately transferable to the classroom. Throughout our trainings, teachers interact collaboratively with their colleagues, receive immediate feedback and develop a repertoire of simple, quick, learning-focused strategies to decrease behavior problems, “re-teaching,” and repeating directions while maximizing students’:
• Attention, focus, processing and memory
• Metacognitive and critical thinking
• Executive Functions
• Growth Mindset
• Participation and academic risk taking
• Communication and collaboration
• Emotional and social intelligence
What Can You Expect?
Unlike typical “sit and get” Professional Development, our trainings are hands on, collaborative experiences which help you maximize your existing lesson plans. We provide pre/post training classroom observations and customized follow up sessions with individualized feedback and support.
We offer interactive, informative, best practice solutions to typical challenges faced in the classroom, including how to decrease stress and engage students to better understand classroom content and meet the increased demands of the Common Core and other high stakes assessments while also fostering:
• Common language and strategy use
• Metacognitive and empowered learners and thinkers
• Improved classroom behavior and fewer disciplinary issues
• Higher graduation rates