Speakers and Sessions

Join us for our 20th anniversary event, which will explore the science of effective teaching and ways to engage deeper learning

"Pretty much anyone can do better in any subject if they know about learning. Your brain is more powerful than you think."
– Barbara Oakley, PhD, Oakland University; Co-Author, Learning How to Learn

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Featured Speakers

David B. Daniel, PhD

Conference Chair; Professor of Psychology, James Madison University; Former Managing Editor, Mind, Brain and Education Journal; Winner of the 2013 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award; Co-Author, “Promising Principles: Translating the Science of Learning to Educational Practice” (2012, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition)

Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD

Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University; Faculty Sponsor, Stanford Teacher Education Program; President, California's State Board of Education; Co-Author, Preparing Teacher for Deeper Learning (2019), “Implications for Educational Practice of the Science of Learning and Development” (2018, Applied Developmental Science), Empowered Educators (2017), Be the Change: Reinventing School for Student Success (2016), and Teaching in the Flat World: Learning from High-Performing Systems (2015)

Barbara A. Oakley, PhD

Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Oakland University; Co-Author, Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens (2018); Author, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (2017) and A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (2014)

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, PhD

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience; Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Group, University College London; Editor-in-Chief, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience; Author, Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain (2018); Co-Author, The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education (2005)

Stanislas Dehaene, PhD

Professor, Experimental Cognitive Psychology, College de France; Director, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit; Author, Space, Time and Number in the Brain (2018), The Number Sense (2011), Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention (2009)

David H. Rose, EdD

Founder and Chief Education Officer Emeritus, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST); Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Recipient, Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children; Co-Author, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice (2016)

John T. Almarode, PhD

Co-Director, Center for STEM Education and Outreach; Associate Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education, James Madison University; Co-Editor, Teacher Educator’s Journal; Co-Author, From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers: Making the Elementary Science Classroom a Place of Engagement and Deep Learning (2017), Visible Learning for Science (2017), and Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6–12 (2013)