Learning and the Brain Comes to NYC
Beginning on May 8, Learning & the Brain® will be presenting a three-day conference for educators in New York City. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Science of Smarter Minds: Teaching to Think, Create and Innovate for School and Careers”.
The opening keynote speaker will be Dr. Eric R. Kandel, Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University. He will be speaking on the topic of “The Age of Insight: Art, Brain and the Creative Beholder.”
The focus of this conference is to present some of the latest research on getting students to think and be creative. A June 2013 report called “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” found that 96 percent of all occupations will require critical thinking skills. New Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards also stress critical thinking and creative problem solving. Recent research in the fields of brain, cognitive and mind sciences are providing new insights into critical and creative thinking and intelligence. This conference will bring cognitive scientists, psychologists and educators together to explore ways to use the science of “smarter minds” to teach the skills students need to meet today’s new standards, curriculum and careers.
Some of the other keynotes include Arthur L. Costa, EdD, Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento and former president of the ASCD, who will be speaking on the topic of “Developing Thought-Full Minds and Schools for the 21st Century and Beyond” and Sandra B. Chapman, PhD, who is the Dee Wyly Distinguished Chair and Professor of Brain Sciences at the University of Texas, Dallas who will be speaking on the topic of “Making Students Smarter: Strengthening Thinking, Reasoning and Learning.” There will also be breakout sessions during the conference where such topics such as teaching math and science and creative thinking will be addressed.
This event is produced by Public Information Resources, Inc. and co-sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the Program in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College at Columbia University and both the NASSP and NAESP among other organizations.
The conference will begin at 1 PM on Thursday, May 8th at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Additional pre-conference workshops for educators will be run on the Thursday morning starting at 8:45 AM. #