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Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference

 

The inaugural Educating with Neuroscience conference was held in Melbourne in 2016. It was so successful in helping educators understand how to apply the power of brain science research in their schools, that in 2017 it expanded to:

  • Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Bangkok, Thailand

Principals, other school leaders and teachers learnt about the latest educational neuroscience research, how that research has been translated into practical tools for educators and workshoped using the new “Teaching & Learning Toolkit”.

 

Agenda - Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand 

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Opening
8:40 am Session 1:  Dr Steve Miller
  Advances in Biotechnology to Accelerate Learning
How close are we to a learning environment that includes technology with a Neural Interface?
Dr Miller will share methods of learning to listen, read, write and speak that include targeted neuroplasticity training (TNT). He will discuss the research showing that we can more than double learning speed, accelerate foreign language learning and increase team creativity. The future of accelerated learning is here….
9:35 am Session 2:  Devon Barnes
  Young Minds Under Stress – Effects on Learning
Devon will discuss the research evidence about how stress impacts the learning brain, how the adolescent brain can amplify stress effects, the impacts of social disadvantage on learning & behaviour and what teachers can do to mitigate the toxic effects of stress on their students’ academic performance.
Action now can change the next 60+ years of your students’ lives for the better.
10:20 am Morning Tea
10:45 am Session 3:  Dr Tanya Vaughan
  Evidence for Learning – To Help Great Practice Become Common Practice in Education
Educators in this workshop will learn about the way we are helping to build and share evidence with the Teaching and Learning Toolkit (the Toolkit) as well as the Evidence Ecosystem - the interaction of two processes: the Impact Evaluation Cycle in schools and the Wider Evidence Chain involving education researchers and policy makers. You will explore how you can use the approaches within the Toolkit to help address a selected challenge you are facing at your school.
11:50 am Session 4:  Dr Steve Miller
  The Current Disruption in Learning Difficulties Interventions – Helping Some But Not All
A brief review of three decades of intervention research, supported in most cases through publically funded research grants, that has made enormous improvements in our understanding of what constitutes an effective reading instruction program. Programs that when delivered with fidelity help many but not all struggling readers. A neuro-biological framework for examining the subgroups of struggling readers will be discussed.
Steve will also talk to an analysis of neuroscience program data from local schools.
12:45 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Session 5:  Cheryl Chia
  The “Movement” Brain and its Impact on Learning
Can movement and exercise be used to build greater brainpower for learning in your students?
This session will showcase a whole-brain development approach to accelerate cognitive skills and achievement. Learn about the connection between the body and the brain and how it impacts attention and the way we learn. Discover how the senses can affect behaviour and learning. Hear the evidence from research studies on the positive relationship between movement and exercise, and cognitive abilities in children.
2:30 pm Session 6:  Dr Steve Miller
  A Look Into the Future – Elite Student Learning in 2025
Peering into the research journals of today, let’s talk about where the future of student Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking is headed. We’ll discuss the changing paradigm of human learning where elite learners exercise daily, average 8 hours of sleep and obsess about the right learning diet. Let’s view the classroom of 2025, the average student demographics and changes to the pedagogy presented in public school curriculums.
3:30 pm Panel Q & A
  The ENS2017 Speakers Discuss Your Questions
4:30pm Close

 

Agenda -  Jakarta, Manila & Bangkok

7:45 am Registration
8:10 am Opening
8:30 am Session 1:  Dr Steve Miller
  The Future of Accelerated Learning - How Biotechnology Can Double Learning Speed
How close are we to a learning environment that includes technology with a Neural Interface?
Dr Miller will share methods of learning to listen, read, write and speak that include targeted  
neuroplasticity training (TNT). He will discuss the research showing that we can more than double
learning speed, accelerate foreign language learning and increase team creativity. The future of
accelerated learning is here.
9:40 am Session 2:  Cheryl Chia
  Understanding the Attention Brain
A lack of attention is one of the most common behavioral concerns that parents and teachers
have about their students’ development, especially once they start formal schooling. Learn about 
the connection between the body and the brain and how it impacts attention and the way 
students learn. Get practical tips to help your students strengthen their attention
and focus in the classroom.
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Session 3:  David Stanley
 

Learning Success, Number Confidence and Neuroscience

What does a supportive learning ecosystem look like? 

David Stanley will discuss how to help students have conversations about their learning successes and gain confidence in learning. You will explore mindset, confidence with numbers using a simple-to-implement numeracy exercise and re-connect with the reward economy.

Its a practical session for teachers and looks at how the F.A.S.T. principles of educational neuroscience can be applied with pen, paper and encouragement. 

11:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Session 4:  Dr Steve Miller
  Language and Reading Intervention for ELLs and Struggling Readers - Why Does it Help Some but Not All
A brief review of three decades of intervention research, supported in most cases through publicly funded research grants, that has made enormous improvements in our understanding of what constitutes an effective reading instruction program. Programs that when delivered with fidelity help many but not all struggling readers. A neuro-biological framework for examining the subgroups of struggling readers will be discussed.
1:45 pm Session 5:  Cheryl Chia
  Building a Brain-Based Classroom 
The combination of curriculum teaching with cognitive training could lead to more effective learning, especially for the slow learners. Adopting this evidence-based and brain-based learning principles in your classroom could allow teachers to have a larger impact on students' academic and life outcome. In this session, you will see a how a brain-based classroom works and learn 5 brain-based strategies for teachers to optimize pupils' learning in the classroom.
 2:45 pm Afternoon Tea
 3:15 pm Q & A
 3:45 pm Conference Closed
 3.45pm Neuroscience Product Showcase and Networking
 5:00pm Close

 

Speakers

 

The Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conferences brought together world leading Neuroscientists and Educators.

These experts shared the latest educational neuroscience research findings and how these discoveries have been moved from the laboratory to the classroom. 

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Dr Steve Miller

A neuroscientist and education technology innovator. Dr Steve Miller has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and has extensive experience in research programs in neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology including large multi-site research initiatives on the neural basis of brain plasticity and learning.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications including numerous research studies, commercial software programs and U.S. Patents.

 

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Cheryl Chia

With more than 20 years’ experience in cognitive training, Cheryl is an accomplished paediatric physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain development training for children. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies (Paediatrics) from the University of Queensland, Australia.

She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and was subsequently conferred membership in the Golden Key National Honour Society in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence. 

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Devon Barnes

Devon is a Speech & Language Pathologist. She has almost 50 years experience working with children and adults with speech, language, literacy and learning problems including dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and autism spectrum disorders.

Devon regularly attends conferences in Australia and overseas, seeking out the latest research and treatment strategies. She is also a frequently invited speaker at Australian and international conferences and often presents to schools on the neuroscience of learning, learning difficulties and young minds under stress. 

 

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Dr Tanya Vaughan

Dr Tanya Vaughan is Associate Director (Education), Social Ventures Australia and is responsible for the marketing, product development, community leadership and strategy for the Teaching & Learning Toolkit

Tanya has worked in education in policy design, implementation and evaluation in key Australian organisations including the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Principals Australia Institute (PAI). She has consulted on international and national projects in leadership in education and evaluation with Learning First and Educational Transformations. 

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David Stanley
David Stanley has worked as a secondary school teacher, remedial maths coach, data analyst, adult educator and executive coach.

Since 1979 David has been continually exploring what helps people learn more effectively and passionately speaks to the common elements of learning versus teaching - academically and in the workforce.

He currently divides his time between helping the LearnFast Group bring the world's best educational neuroscience technology to students in multiple countries, delivering professional development to teachers and coaching executives to achieve more success.