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Engage in intensive training on the topics of emotions, social learning, and brain development that have applications in classrooms.

Cost: $1,995

Join Us This Summer in Santa Barbara for a Hands-on Workshop

From July 15-19, 2019, Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute on the oceanside campus of UCSB.

In recent years, huge strides have been made in the science of how the brain develops, how that development enables thinking, and the fundamental role of social relationships, emotions, culture, and cognitive opportunities. The institute will deep-dive into the new fields of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD), including the neuroscientific and psychological evidence underlying it, the best practices, and implications for school design and policies. Through a developmental lens, you will examine growing abilities and needs of children, adolescents, and young adults and effective ways for teachers and parents to support their healthy social, emotional, and academic growth by building social relationships that are embedded within rich intellectual contexts. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • All Teachers, Special Educators, School Administrators
  • School Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists
  • Learning Specialists, Counselors, Academic Support Staff

At This Institute, You Will:

  • Understand the brain basis for integrated social, emotional, and academic development and what the science and best schools reveal about how people actually learn
  • Learn about major networks of the brain, and the integrated nature of emotion and cognitive brain changes associated with adolescence, and examine fMRI data, videos, and examples from children and adolescents
  • Recognize how adversity, bullying, and loneliness impact brain development and mental health
  • Learn how social experience and culture shape brain development, thinking, and learning across the lifespan
  • Discuss the effectiveness of various teaching practices, curricula, and policies, and what it means to support the whole child -- body, brain, and mind -- in school

About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and assisted by Christina Krone.

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. Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. Class sessions will be held in the afternoon on the first day and on mornings each subsequent day.

Attendees will be housed and all sessions will take place at the Sierra Madre complex on the Goleta, CA side of the UC Santa Barbara campus. Lodging, some meals, and course materials are provided. See the online schedule for meals provided.


About Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, is a Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience at the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California. Her internationally acclaimed research examines the neural and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness, and culture and their implications for learning, development, and schools. She is Past President of IMBES (International Mind, Brain, and Education Society) and the author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience (2015).

About Christina Krone, PhD Candidate

Christina Krone, PhD Candidate, is a doctoral student in the Urban Education Policy PhD program at the University of Southern California. A former educator, she is interested in the neurobiological and psychological factors affecting student and teacher beliefs, behaviors, motivation, and learning.

Professional Development Credit:

Earn up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 781-449-4010 ext. 102. Note: credits are not provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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 undergraduate dormitory accommodations on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The dormitory rooms are located in the recently opened Sierra Madre complex located on the Goleta side of the UC Santa Barbara campus. Participants are assigned to their own bedroom in a shared two-bedroom apartment with each participant having their own bathroom. Linens are provided. All facilities are ADA compliant. The Institute provides four nights lodging with an arrival date of July 15 and a departure date of July 19. 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. Note: The UCSB campus is a smoke-free campus.