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Thursday, April 7, 2016 • Pre-Conference Workshops
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1) Creative Cognition
(RP, K-College
2) Teen Brains & Engagement
(RP, 6-12th Grade)
3) Executive Function
(P, K-12th Grade
4) Power of Imagination
(P, K-College)
5) Imagineering STEM Learning
(RP, K-12th Grade)
6) Active Learning
(RP, PreK-College)
Room: Pinellas-Hillsborough Room: Sarasota-Duval Room: Palm Beach-Broward Room: Dade-Florida Keys Room: Cape Canaveral-Volusia Room: Indian River
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Guiding Students to Build Brains for Creative and Cognitive Success

Judy A. Willis, MD, MEd and Malana Willis, MEd
Engaging Teens and Their Brains Through Passion, Novelty and Relevance

John T. Almarode, PhD
Executive Functions and Creativity

George McCloskey, PhD
Creativity and Imagination: Unlocking the Power of Imagination

Patti Drapeau, MS
Imagineering K-12 Classrooms: Designing a Theme Park Attraction to Teach STEM and STEAM Inquiry, Creativity and Innovation

Howie DiBlasi, MA
Active and Engaging Learning for the Classroom with Movement and Creative Dramatics

Katherine McKnight, PhD, MEd, and Richard M. Cash, EdD
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 • Conference Day 1
Opening Keynote Addresses: The Science of Imagination, Creativity and Curiosity
1:30 PM Welcome from L&B: Daniel A. LaGattuta, PhD, President, Public Information Resources, Inc.
Opening Remarks/Presider: Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, Neuroscience Research Institute,
University of California, Santa Barbara
1:35 PM to 2:35 PM Keynote Address I – Imagination: A Critical Key to Learning
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
2:35 PM to 3:35 PM Keynote Address II – Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity
Helen S. Hadani, PhD

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
3:35 PM – 4:00 PM Networking Coffee Break and Book Signing for Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD (Universal Center)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Keynote Address III – The Power of Negative Emotions and Creativity
Todd B. Kashdan, PhD

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
5:05 PM to 6:05 PM Keynote Address IV – What Harry Didn’t Know: How Curiosity Develops in Children
Susan L. Engel, PhD

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
6:05 PM – 6:20 PM Book Signings for Todd B. Kashdan, PhD and Susan L. Engel, PhD (Universal Center)
6:05 PM – 7:00 PM Dana Alliance Meeting of the Minds Wine & Cheese Reception (Universal Center)
Friday, April 8, 2016 • Conference Day 2
Morning Keynote Addresses: Creating Schools for Imagination, Passion and Creativity
8:15 AM Welcome Remarks: Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD, Director, Neuro-Education Initiative, Johns Hopkins School of Education
8:15 AM to 9:10 AM Keynote Address I – A Passion-Driven Education for All: Creating a Love for Learning
Angela Maiers, MA

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
9:15 AM to 10:35 AM Keynote Address II – Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education From the Ground Up
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

(Q&A from 10:15-10:35 AM)
Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
10:35AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break, Poster Sessions and Book Signing for Sir Ken Robinson, PhD (Universal Center)
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Keynote Address III – Teaching Emotional Intelligence Outside the Box
Marc A. Brackett, PhD

Room: Citrus Crown Ballroom
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30 PM to 5:15 PM Afternoon Concurrent Sessions ‘A’ (Breaks: various times between 2:15 PM and 4:40 PM)
1) Schools & Spaces for Curiosity
(RP, K-12th Grade)
2) Cultivating Creativity
(RP, K-College)
3) Imagination & Pretend Play
(RP, PreK-6th Grade)
4) Creativity, Art & Imagination
(RP, All Ages)
5) Engaging Math & Science (STEM)
(RP, 6th-12th Grade)
6) Benefits of Reading Fiction
(RP, PreK-College)
Room: Seminole Room: Orange Room: Space Coast Room: Osceola-Lake Room: Sun & Surf Room: Gold Coast
1:30–2:15 PM 1:30–3:30 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–2:15 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–2:30 PM

Part I – Uncommon Learning: Putting Curiosity and Passion into Schools 

Eric C. Sheninger, MEd

(Book signing at 2:15 PM)

Part I – Promoting the 3Cs: Creatvity, Curiosity and Cooperation in Your Diverse Classroom

Kathy Perez, EdD
Part I – Playful Minds: Cognitive-Emotional Connections of Creativity, Fantasy and Pretend Play

Sandra W. Russ, PhD
Part I – The Aesthetic Brain: Experiencing Beauty and Art

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN
Part I – Engaging the Brain: STEM Education that Works

John T. Almarode, PhD
Part I – The Psychology of Fiction

Keith Oatley, PhD
2:25–3:40 PM
3:40–4:40 PM
3:10–4:10 PM 2:25–3:25 PM 3:10–4:10 PM 2:40–3:40 PM
Part II – Flexible Tools + Inspiring Spaces for Developing a Maker Mindset

Betty Ray, BA
Part II – Cultivating and Fostering Creativity in the Classroom

Bonnie L. Cramond, PhD
Part II – The Science of Learning Through Play

Deena S. Weisberg, PhD
Part II – Art and Imagination Make the Human Brain Human

Alexander A. Schlegel, PhD
Part II – Teaching Math Through the Magic of Harry Potter 

Betsy J. McShea, PhD and Judith Vogel, PhD
Part II – What the World of Literary Fiction Teaches Us About the Brain

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD
3:45–4:30 PM 4:15–5:15 PM 3:30–5:15 PM 4:15–5:15 PM 3:45–4:30 PM
Part III – Brain States of Curiosity: Why Being Curious Energizes the Brain for Learning

Matthias J. Gruber, PhD
Part III – How Imaginative Play Is Related to Cognitive Development and Emotion Regulation

Ansley T. Gilpin, PhD

Part III – The Learning Sciences: The Arts and Creativity

Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD, and Clare O'Malley Grizzard, MAED, MFA

Part III – Igniting Student Excitement in Science Through the Magic of Harry Potter

Alan J. McCormack, PhD

Part III – Reading Fiction, Reading Minds

Emanuele Castano, PhD
4:30–5:15 PM 4:45–5:15 PM 4:30–5:15 PM
Part IV – Creating the Child-Centered School: Technology Spaces and Pedagogy

Lisa Molinaro, MEd, Jamee Freitag, MEd, Courtney Kluender, BS, and Leslie Wills-Taylor, MEd
Part III – Creating Students Who Will Change the World

Andrew Mangino, DPhil
Part III – Harry Potter and the Activity in the Reading Brain

Leila Wehbe, PhD
Saturday, April 9, 2016 • Conference Day 3
8:30 AM–10:00 AM Morning Concurrent Sessions ‘B’
Discovery Spaces
(RP, PreK-6th Grade)
(RP, K-College)
(P, K-College)
(P, All Ages)
Movement & Arts
(P, 5th-12th Grade)
Fantasy & Fiction
(P, 4th Grade-College)
Room: Gold Coast Room: Osceola-Lake Room: Orange Room: Seminole Room: Sun & Surf Room: Space Coast
8:30 AM–9:15 AM 8:30 AM–10:00 AM 8:30 AM–10:00 AM 8:30 AM–10:00 AM 8:30 AM–10:00 AM 8:30 AM–10:00 AM
Part I – Curiosityville and Curious World

Susan Magsamen, MAS

Weaving Creativity Skills into Content and Curricula

Cyndi Burnett, PhD

(Book signing at 10:00 AM)

Using Technology to Engage Creativity, Motivation and Higher-Order Thinking

Suzy Cox, PhD

(Hands-on, Bring Your Own Device)

Living in the Land of Wonder: The Radical Power of Curiosity & How to Embrace It

Erik Shonstrom, MFA

(Book signing at 10:00 AM)

Developing Vocabulary and Language with Kinesthetic Learning Activities

Katherine McKnight, PhD, MEd
The Power of Imagination and Harry Potter: Engaging Students in the Classroom

Catherine L. Belcher, PhD
9:15 AM–10:00 AM
Part II – Crellin Elementary School's Corps of Discovery

Dana McCauley, EdD
10:00 AM – 10:25 AM Networking Coffee Break, Poster Sessions and Book Signings (Universal Center)
10:25 AM–12:30 PM Morning Concurrent Sessions ‘C’ (Breaks: 11:25 AM–11:30 AM)
Design Thinking
(P, K-12th Grade)
(RP, All Ages)
(RP, 4th Grade-College)
Gifted & STEM
(RP, K-College)
Movement & Arts
PreK-12th Grade)
Fantasy Thinking
(R, PreK-6th Grade)
10:25 AM–12:30 AM 10:25 AM–11:25 AM 10:25 AM–12:30 AM 10:25 AM–11:25 AM 10:25 AM–11:25 AM 10:25 AM–11:25 AM

Part I – Teachers as Designers: The Limitless Creativity of Teachers

Michael Schurr, MA and Charles Shryock IV, MA

(Hands-On Design Workshop)

Part I – The Creative Brain

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD
Developing a Better Brain Through the Integration of Motivation, Creativity and Executive Functions 

George McCloskey, PhD
Part I – Self-Regulation for Gifted Learners: Beyond Ability

Richard M. Cash, EdD
Part I – How Acting (and Playwriting) Affect Creativity, Social Regulation and Performance

Ivonne Chand O’Neal, PhD
Part I – The Development of Magical Beliefs 

Karl S. Rosengren, PhD
11:30 AM–12:30 PM 11:30 AM–12:30 PM 11:30 AM–12:30 PM 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Part II – The New Science of Creativity and Imagination

Mark A. Runco, PhD

Part II – Creativity, Gifted and STEM

Bronwyn MacFarlane, PhD

(Book signing at 12:30 PM)

Part II – Learning Through Movement

Nancy Rowe, MS, FAAA, CCC/A

Part II – Science of Trust and Imagination

Paul L. Harris, DPhil

(Book signing at 12:30 PM)

12:30 PM – 1:35 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own) and Book Signings (Universal Center)
1:35 PM–3:35 PM Afternoon Concurrent Sessions ‘D’
Learning Spaces
(P, K-College)
(RP, K-College)
(R, All Ages)
Curiosity & Art
(P, PreK-12th Grade)
Dancing & Arts
(RP, All Ages)
Fantasy & Fiction
(R, All Ages)
1:35 PM–2:35 PM 1:35 PM–3:35 PM 1:35 PM–2:35 PM 1:35 PM–3:35 PM 1:35 PM–3:35 PM 1:35 PM–2:35 PM

Part I – Creating a Brain-Friendly, Creative, Blended and Productive Learning Space

Erin Klein, MEd

The Creativity Crusade: What It Looks Like in Classrooms and "Home-rooms"

Rick Shade, EdD and Patti G. Shade, MA

Part I – Connecting Emotions and Self-Regulation to Creativity

Zorana Ivcevic, PhD

Using Goldsworthy-Inspired Art Sculptures for Outdoor Learning, Reflection and Creativity

Connie Weber, MEd

(Hands-On Design Workshop)

Dance in the Learning Classroom: Why and How to Use the Brain as a Choreographer

Judith L. Hanna, PhD

(Dance Design Workshop)

Part I – Using Fiction to Teach Facts

Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, ABPP
2:35 PM–3:35 PM 2:35 PM–3:35 PM 2:35 PM–3:35 PM
Part II – Designing Smart, Agile Schools for Creative Minds

Prakash Nair, REFP
Part II – Epistemic Curiosity

Jordan A. Litman, PhD
Part II – Harry Potter and Personality

Laura Crysel, PhD