Engage in intensive training in neuroscience concepts that have applications in classrooms.
Register for the Learning ghj_amp the Brain Summer Institute
Co-sponsored with the Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Cost: $2,075

Download the Learning ghj_amp the Brain Summer Institute Brochure.

Join Us This Summer in Santa Barbara for a Hands-on Workshop
Learning ghj_amp the Brain is offering this Summer Institute on two sets of dates this year and will be held on the oceanside campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Choose either the July 23-26, 2013 (Sold Out) or the July 30-August 2, 2013 dates.

This Institute will focus on the applications of neuroscience research to teaching and learning and examine ways to maximize and maintain student attention and focus. Brain imaging studies and cognitive neuroscience continue to give a clearer picture of how individuals respond to sensory stimuli and perform cognitive tasks, which has allowed for a better understanding of the brain's neural systems and how they relate to focus, learning, memory and creative problem solving. Through lectures and facilitated discussion, participants will explore neuro-logical approaches for understanding and meeting the diverse academic, social and emotional needs of students. The Institute is hands-on and is limited to 35 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:
  • PreK-12 Teachers, Administrators
  • School Psychologists and School Clinicians
  • Education Professors and College Professors
You Will Learn to:
  • Employ brain-friendly strategies to advance student achievement
  • Examine ways to maximize and maintain student attention and focus
  • Increase memory retrieval, the creation of long-term memories, and conceptual understanding through
    the use of mental manipulation and transfer
  • Reduce student stress and build motivation and positive mindsets
  • Decrease mistake fear to increase participation
  • Strengthen the brain's executive functions to develop higher order processing and creative problem solving
Full-time participation and preparation are expected throughout the Institute. The Institute is hands-on. Rather than simply listening to lectures, participants also collaborate in facilitated discussions to develop scientifically grounded approaches for understanding and meeting the diverse cognitive, social and emotional needs of students. A full schedule of class sessions and activities is held each day, amounting to a program total of 22 hours. Additionally, there will be daily assignments and a group project which will be presented to the class at the end of the program.
About the Institute

This Learning ghj_amp the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Judy Willis and assisted by Malana Willis. This program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to responsibly apply neuroscience and cognitive science findings to the classroom to improve teaching and learning. The program offers participants an intensive professional development experience, drawing on the most up-to-date findings in affective and social neuroscience. The Institute emphasizes memory and retention and their roles in learning, motivation, attention and the culture of schools. This course is designed for educators with no prior background in neuroscience.

All sessions will take place at the Loma Pelona Center on the UC Santa Barbara campus and participants will be housed close by on campus. Meals, lodging and course materials are provided.

About Dr. Judy Willis
judy willisJudy Willis, MD, MEd, is a neurologist and credentialed teacher. She has combined her training in neuroscience and neuroimaging with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience. Dr. Willis is an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and teaching strategies derived from this research and has spoken at national and international educational conferences.

Dr. Willis has taught in elementary and middle schools and is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a staff writer for Edutopia and Psychology Today, and a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Willis has written six books on this topic, contributed extensively to educational journals and conducts interactive professional development workshops throughout the United States and internationally. Her most recent books include Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning (2006), Brain Research Based Strategies for the Inclusion Class (2007), How Your Child Learns Best (2008), Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative and Challenging (2009) and Learning to Love Math (2010).
About Malana Willis
Malana Willis, MEd, teaches elementary school in Santa Barbara, CA. Previously she taught elementary school in Oakland, CA for over five years, taught at the American School of Bilbao in Spain and worked at the UCSB Autism Clinic. She received her Masters Degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley and her BA in psychology from Williams College. She has been writing and presenting with her mother, Judy Willis, for several years. She co-presented a Neuroscience and the Classroom professional development course in Seville, Spain and this will be her fourth year assisting with the UCSB Summer Institute.
Professional Development Credit
This program provides a total of 22 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For types of credit offered, or to find out about additional engaged hours toward professional development credit, call our offices at 781-449-4010 ext. 102. Note: credits are not provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Interaction between faculty and participants outside the classroom is an integral part of the Institute. To foster this total immersion learning environment, participants are housed in undergraduate dormitory accommodations on the UC, Santa Barbara campus. The dormitory rooms are located in the Manzanita Village complex steps from the Pacific Ocean. Participants are assigned their own room but with shared bathrooms. Linens are provided. All facilities are ADA compliant. The arrival date is July 23 and departure date is July 26 for the first week and the arrival date is July 30 and departure date is August 2 for the second week. If you are interested in making your own accommodations off-campus or would like to arrange an early arrival on campus, please call us at 781-449-4010 x 101. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided.