As we move toward spring, I am looking forward to making presentations at upcoming education events in Georgia and California.
First up is the Early Literacy Spring Symposium, co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Reading Association, which will take place March 10 at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Ga. That will be followed by a presentation at the upcoming ASCD 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, "@EveryLearner: Someday is Now," taking place March 15-17 in Los Angeles.
My topic at the symposium in Georgia is: "Wiring the Brain to Read: Practical Strategies for Increasing Reading Comprehension." Drawing from my book series, Wiring the Brain to Read, I will discuss how young brains learn to read and provide practical strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms to increase reading comprehension. Those interested in registering for the symposium should visit the Georgia Reading Association's website.
My ASCD presentation is entitled: “Flourishing in the First Five Years: Plasticity, Nutrition, and Movement.” This presentation will draw on principles and examples from my two latest books, which I coauthored with Marcus Conyers: Flourishing in the First Five Years: Connecting Implications from Mind, Brain, and Education Research to the Development of Young Children (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013) and Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice (Teachers College Press, 2013).
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Its 140,000 members include superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries. For more information about the event, visit the organization's website.