Monday, January 28, 2013

Selected Upcoming Conferences for 2013

Marcus and I will be presenting at key educational events during the course of 2013 that will take us to various parts of the United States and Europe. Here are a few highlights:

American Educational Research Association's Annual Meeting, April 27-May 1, San Francisco. On April 27, we will present “Exploring the Impact of a Graduate Degree Program Connecting the Implications of Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Teaching and Learning.” In addition, the AERA Annual Meeting will mark the launch of our new book, Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Coinciding with the launch, we will take part in a book signing from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the Teachers College Press booth, Booth No. 413, in the AERA exhibit hall.

— The International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology's 2013 International Conference, June 24-27, Leiden University in Leiden, The Netherlands. This year’s conference theme is: “Unfolding Potential: Assessment, Strategies, Change, and Intervention.” Describing the potential of the human brain, we will speak on the subject of “Connecting Five Big Ideas from Cognitive, Brain, and Education Research to Teacher Education.”

— Learning Forward 2013 Annual Conference, December 7-11, Dallas, Texas. In this case, I will be teaming up with Diane Dahl, Texas elementary teacher and a graduate of our program, to present "Toward Joyful Implementation of Common Core State Standards."

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Two Books Coming From Wilson & Conyers in 2013

Marcus and I are pleased to announce that we will launch two new books over the next several months. Coming in April from Teachers College Press is Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Core concepts explored in this exciting new book are:

  • Neuroplasticity, understanding that the structure and function of the brain change in response to learning.
  • Potential, the capacity for all students to make learning gains.
  • Malleable intelligence, which stands in opposition to traditional views of fixed intellect.
  • The Body-Brain System, the role of movement, physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and positive emotions in facilitating learning.
  • Metacognition, explicit instruction on the use of cognitive strategies to guide students to “think about their thinking” with the aim of improving learning.