Engage in intensive training on the topics of engagement and attention that have applications in classrooms.
Cost: $1,995 per person through May 24, 2024 and $2,095 per person after May 24, 2024
Save $100 per person when registering a group of 3 or more.
Join Us This Summer in Santa Barbara for a Hands-on WorkshopFrom July 22 - 26, 2024 is offering a Summer Institute on the oceanside campus of UCSB.
How can we shape lessons that foster learning, engagement, focus, and deep knowledge? This lively and interactive institute explores current brain research through four essential topics: working memory, long-term memory, attention, and schema theory. You will begin with the little-recognized goal of all schooling, called schema formation: a concept crucial for understanding optimal teaching. With this goal in mind, you will explore the core functions of working memory: the brain’s construction site that assembles small pieces into larger mental structures. Next, you will explore the cognitive steps essential to long-term memory formation: specifically, the encoding and retrieval strategies that best consolidate learning and overcome prior misconceptions. Finally, you will dive into a scientific understanding of attention. A research-informed perspective on this everyday word helps teachers rethink old assumptions and create more motivating lesson plans. With all these topics, we balance an in-depth exploration of research with practical and flexible classroom strategies. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 40 participants.
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This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Andrew Watson. The program translates well-established psychology and neuroscience findings into specific classroom strategies. We will especially emphasize the practical teaching application of brain research, with a consistent focus on healthy skepticism. The program offers participants frequent opportunities to discuss their own teaching practices, and to apply research findings to their lesson-plans, syllabi, assessments, and classroom practices. Active participation is expected throughout this Institute through group discussion. Participants will be expected to bring in material and questions from their own experiences to share with the group, and to share brief presentations on the final day of the institute.
Andrew C. Watson, MA, EdM, began teaching in 1988, studying psychology and neuroscience in 2008, and combining those interests in 2012. He currently works as a high-school teacher and as a consultant—explaining the classroom implications of brain science to teachers, students, administrators, and parents. Since 2016, Andrew has written and edited the Learning & the Brain blog. He has also written 3 books: The Goldilocks Map, Learning Begins, and Learning Grows.
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 857-444-1500 ext. 1. Note: credits are not provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.