Brain Research is finding that self-control, self-awareness, self-concepts and identity, emotions and social connections have a significant impact on academic performance, life success and child well-being. Yet, today’s standards-based, performance-pressured, technological, Me Generation world is adversely affecting students self-identity, emotions and relationships. Discover ways educators can enhance student self-identity, awareness and concepts, emotional control and regulation, resilience, social relationships and wellbeing to succeed in today’s challenging world.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

MINDS, SELVES & EMOTIONS
damasio THE BRAIN AND FEELINGS

Antonio R. Damasio, PhD, MD; University Professor; David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience; Professor of Psychology and Neurology; Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California; Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Author, Self Comes to Mind (2010), Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (2005), Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain (2003) and The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (2000)
 
churchland MY BRAIN AND ITS SELF

Patricia S. Churchland, BPhil, LLD, President's Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego; Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Author; Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain (2013), Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality (2011), Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy (2002) and The Computational Brain (1992)
 
gazzaniga READ MY BRAIN, NOT MY LIPS

Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD; Professor of Psychology; Director; SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara. President, Cognitive Neuroscience Institute; Director, Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience; Author, Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain (2012), Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique (2008), The Ethical Brain: The Science of Our Moral Dilemmas (2006) and The Mind’s Past (2000)
 
mconigal THE SCIENCE OF SELF CONTROL

Kelly McGonigal, PhD; Award-winning Psychology Lecturer, Stanford University; Instructor at Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, the Graduate School of Business, and the School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program; Co-Founder of the Stanford Women's Wellness Network; Author, The Neuroscience of Change (2012), Maximum Willpower: How to Master the New Science of Self Control (2012) and The Willpower Instinct (2011)
SCHOOLING THE SELF IN A STRESSFUL, DIGITAL AGE
brzychi THE SELF IN SCHOOLING: CREATING HAPPY, HEALTHY AND FLOURISHING CHILDREN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Henry G. Brzycki, PhD, MA, Educational Psychologist; Founder, The Brzycki Group; Founder, The Center for the Self in the Schools; Former Core Faculty, Teacher Education Program, Franklin Pierce University; Former Dean of the School of Education, American Public University; Author; The Self in Schooling: Theory and Practice – How to Create Happy, Healthy, Flourishing Children in the 21st Century (2013)
twenge TEACHING GENERATION ME

Jean M. Twenge, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences, San Diego State University; Researcher on effects of self-esteem, technology and identity on social networks in youth; Blogger, Psychology Today; Author, Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable (2007); Co-Author, The Narcissism Epidemic (2010)
goldstein BRAIN DANCE: HOW SELF PERCEPTION, EMOTIONS AND COGNITION DRIVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT

Sam J. Goldstein, PhD; Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah Medical School; Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology, George Mason University; Clinical Director, Neurology Learning and Behavior Center; Co-Author, Handbook of Executive Functioning (2013), Handbook of Resilience in Children (2012), Raising a Self-Disciplined Child (2009), Seven Steps to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills (2006) and Raising Resilient Children (2002)
SOCIAL CONNECTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
cozolino ATTACHMENT BASED TEACHING: HOW SECURE RELATIONSHIPS ENHANCE LEARNING

Louis Cozolino, PhD; Psychologist; Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University; Author; The Social Neuroscience of Education (2010) and Neuroscience of Relationships (2006)
 
hallowell BUILDING CONNECTIONS IN A DISCONNECTED WORLD

Edward M. Hallowell, MD; Child and Adult Psychiatrist; Founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health (Boston, New York, San Francisco); Former Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Author, Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People (2011), Overloaded Circuits (2009), CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! (2006), Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness (2003) and Connect (2001)