Learning & The Brain Presents Conference
Beginning on Friday, May 3, Learning & the Brain® will be presenting a three-day conference for educators and clinicians in New York City. The theme of this year’s conference is “Schooling Social Brains: Promoting Social Skills, Interactions, and Collaborations in a Digital Age.” The featured keynote will be by renowned speaker Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is an autism rights advocate, a Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is author of several books including Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor (2018) and Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism (Expanded Edition, 2006). Dr. Grandin will be speaking on the topic of “Educating Students Who Have Different Kinds of Thinking Minds.”
Other keynotes include Professor Adam Alter of New York University who will be talking about the effects of addictive technology on children; Nobel Laureate and Columbia University Professor, Eric Kandel, who will be discussing how the study of disordered minds help us better understand ourselves; and Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, who will be discussing face-to-face communications in our digital world. In addition to these speakers, more than 50 others will be addressing educators over the course of the weekend.
The focus of this conference is to present some of the latest research on preparing students for the social challenges of our changing world. At this event, attendees will hear about how our brains are wired for face-to-face social interactions, how digital devices are affecting social skills development and addiction, and how social groups and using classroom collaborations improve learning. You will discover ways to help all students, including the socially awkward and those with autism, feel accepted, make friends, and develop the social and emotional skills needed for school and life success.
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, the Neuroscience and Education Collaborative at New York University, the Mind, Brain, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the NASSP among other organizations.
The conference will begin at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 3, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Additional pre-conference workshops for educators and clinicians will be run on the Friday morning starting at 8:15 AM. #