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Engage in intensive training to understand the neuroscience underlying reading and reading disorders.
Register for the Learning & the Brain Summer Institute
Cost: $2,195

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Join Us in July in Cambridge, MA
From July 22-25, 2014, Learning & the Brain will offer a Summer Institute on the campus of the Massachusetts Instiute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

This Institute will review what is currently known about the brain basis of reading ability and disability. Neuroimaging has revealed how plasticity in the child’s brain supports learning to read, and how differences in brain structure and function are associated with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. You will examine how neuroscience knowledge may be translated into educational policies and practices in relation to topics such as diagnosis, prognosis, early identification of children at risk for dyslexia, and identification of children who will or will not benefit from a specific kind of intervention. Participants will also observe real, live neuroimaging measures including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The Institute is designed to be an intense, hands-on workshop with group projects and therefore is limited to 40 participants.
The Summer Institute Is for:
  • PreK-12 Teachers and Reading Specialists
  • Administrators , School Psychologists and School Clinicians
  • Education Professors and College Professors
You Will Learn to:
  • Become proficient in understanding the brain basis of typical reading acquisition and reading disorders, such as dyslexia
  • Delve deeper into recent advances in understanding the psychological basis of reading difficulty
  • Appreciate the role of genetics in reading and dyslexia
  • Interpret education neuroscience results and understand how neuroimaging tools work
  • Recognize how reading acquisition and disorders differ across languages
  • Evaluate the relevance of neuroscience research for students and teachers and how to be a critical consumer of neuroscience regarding the reading brain
Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. There will be interactive lectures and facilitated discussions that include the sharing of experiences and questions from the participants. A full schedule of class sessions and activities is held each day, amounting to a program total of 20 hours. Additionally, there will be daily assignments for the final project.
About the Institute
This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be co-led by Dr. John Gabrieli and Dr. Joanna Christodoulou. This program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop knowledge about current scientific evidence concerning the brain basis of learning to read, and how such evidence may be related to education goals. The program offers participants an intensive professional development experience, drawing on the most up-to-date findings in human cognitive neuroscience. This course is designed for educators with no prior background in neuroscience.

The Institute sessions and brain scans will all take place on the campus of MIT with participants housed at the nearby Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT.  Lodging, course materials and selected meals are provided.
About Dr. John D. E. Gabrieli
gabrieliJohn D.E. Gabrieli, PhD, is a neuroscientist at MIT, and a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He is a faculty member in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Director of the Martinos Imaging Center, part of the McGovern Institute and a Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Gabrieli is an expert on the brain mechanisms of human cognition, including memory, thought and emotion. His work includes neuroimaging studies on healthy adults and children as well as clinical patients with many different brain disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease, autism and dyslexia.

One of his major current interests is dyslexia, in particular the use of brain imaging to identify children who are at risk for reading difficulties and to understand how reading instruction affects the brain. In 2008, Gabrieli was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which cited his "penetrating analyses of the nature of human memory, its neural substrates, its development, and its problems."
About Joanna Christodoulou

gabrieliJoanna D. Christodoulou, EdD, works at the intersection of education and neuroscience.  She is an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and a Research Affiiliate at  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has led professional development sessions internationally for a range of audiences and topics related to educational neuroscience. Her publications include a co-authored overview of reading research in Mind, Brain, and Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom (2010) and a co-edited series in the Mind, Brain, and Education Journal (2009) titled "Usable knowledge in mind, brain, and education".

Professional Development Credit
This program provides a total of 20 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 office at 781-449-4010 ext. 102. Note: Credits are not provided by MIT.
Accommodations and Meals
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 their own rooms at Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT in Cambridge, MA. The Institute provides three nights lodging with an arrival date of July 22 and departure date of July 25. The hotel is located adjacent to the MIT campus close to public transportation. All facilities are ADA compliant. If you are interested in making your own accommodations or would like to extend your stay at the conference hotel, please call us at 781-449-4010 x 101. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided.