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Engage in intensive training on the topics of executive functions and memory that have applications in classrooms.

Cost: $1,995

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

From July 20-24, 2020, Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute on the oceanside campus of UCSB.

This institute will provide insight into how the brain’s neural networks for executive function go through an accelerated phase of development during a child’s school years, and how these developing executive function networks can be strengthened. You will explore what neuroscience research reveals about how the brain constructs physical links between new information and prior knowledge to successfully capture and retain learning. The institute will include topics on the development of attention, focus, emotional self-management, organization, prioritization, judgment, critical thinking, and creative, flexible problem solving, and provides you with ready-to-use relevant classroom strategies. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • PreK-12 Teachers, Administrators
  • School Psychologists and School Clinicians
  • Education Professors and College Professors

At This Institute, You Will:

  • Evaluate the executive functions from the perspective of neuroscience
  • Develop strategies for building executive functions across the curriculum
  • Learn to maximize students’ skills of attention, focus, emotional self-management, organization, judgment, critical thinking, and creative, flexible problem solving
  • Deepen your understanding of how our brains turn information into memory
  • Understand why linking new learning to existing patterns is a key to building strong memories
  • Explore tools for helping students make successful memory links between new input and prior knowledge
  • Consider experiences for creating enduring memories through multisensory learning, narratives, and metacognition

 

About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Judy Willis and assisted by Malana Willis. You will be offered an intensive professional development experience, drawing on findings in affective and social neuroscience. The Institute emphasizes executive skills and memory and retention, and their roles in learning and student achievement.

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. Judy Willis

Judy 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 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, has taught elementary school in both Santa Barbara and Oakland, CA. She 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, Dr. Judy Willis, since 2010. In addition to assisting with the UCSB Summer Institute, she co-presented a Neuroscience and the Classroom professional development course in Seville, Spain and co-presented at Learning and the Brain's Science of Imagination conference in Orlando, FL.

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 20 and a departure date of July 24. 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. There is a small fee reduction for those who stay off campus and we are able to accommodate Sunday arrival for a small additional fee. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided. Note: The UCSB campus is a smoke-free campus.