Welcome to Neuroscience & Education: The Connection.
The Annette Eskind Institute of Learning and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities are excited to present the 2021 Neuroscience and Education symposium on Friday, June 4, featuring a wide range of experts in brain development, social-emotional learning, reading, writing, learning differences, working memory and more.

Renowned educational experts Steven Graham, Ed.D., and Karen Harris, Ed.D., are this year’s plenary speakers and will provide key insights into the power of feedback to enhance learning. They also will share effective strategies for reading and writing to learn, inform, and persuade across all grade levels.

We look forward to welcoming you to the eighth annual symposium with other educators and healthcare professionals to hear about the latest brain research as it relates to education and putting evidence-based approaches into practice. Register today and reserve your early bird discount by May 4!

Friday, June 4, 2021
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (CT)

  Virtual event
Featuring
    • Steve Graham, Ed.D., Opening Plenary

      Regents and Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education at Arizona State University

    • Karen Harris, Ed.D., Closing Plenary

      Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education at Arizona State University

Schedule

List of 10 items.

  • 8:30 - 9 a.m. | Symposium Opening Session

    Join symposium coordinator, Courtney Gallaher, as she provides a morning greeting and shares key information regarding the day's schedule and sessions.   
  • 9 - 10:30 a.m. | Opening Plenary

    Opening Plenary: Steve Graham, Ed.D., The Power of Feedback for Effective Learning                                                                       

    Description:
    Providing learner's with feedback about their writing or growth as writers is one of the oldest instructional tools in writing. This session explores why such feedback is important, the effects of feedback, and how to provide learners' with feedback that makes a difference. While the session focuses on writing, the principles underlying feedback presented here are applicable broadly.
  • 10:30 - 10:40 a.m. | Exhibitor Hall & Break

    Take some time to check out the amazing exhibitors supporting this event.
  • 10:40 - 11:40 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 1A: Sissy Peters, M.Ed., and Sage Pickren, B.S., ECHO Reading: A Live Simulation
     
    Description: ECHO Reading is an innovative professional development network that connects like-minded educators and specialists through a virtual learning community. The premise of ECHO Reading is to provide educators with evidence-based suggestions that can be utilized in their classrooms the next day. In each ECHO session, practitioners collaborate with one another along with the hub team at Vanderbilt to collectively identify solutions and resources for the most pressing literacy questions. This collaborative approach aims to help bridge the gap between research and practice in reading instruction. This presentation will give symposium attendees the chance to engage in a real ECHO Reading session as live participants, where the “network” will collectively work through a case study in real time. Attendees will walk away with practical, evidence-based suggestions from the case presented. ECHO Reading is driven by the needs of educators, and this live session will provide a window into that collaborative network.  

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    Breakout Session 1B: Miranda Pool, M.Ed., NCC and Currey Ingram Panel, Embedding Social-Emotional Learning Throughout the School Day 

    Description: Social-emotional learning is a key factor in student success. This session will define the essential components of social-emotional learning and present current research regarding its value within the classroom. Effective, practical strategies and tools for integrating social-emotional learning within elementary, middle school, and high school classroom settings will be offered from a panel of educators.

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    Breakout Session 1C: Allison Bender, Ph.D., Emily Kirk, Ph.D., HSP, Jennifer Seay, M.A., What Did You Just Say? The Role of Working Memory in Educational Success

    Description: 
    In this session, we will define working memory and distinguish this process from other types of memory. We will discuss the role that working memory plays in educational success and will provide suggestions of evidence based strategies and interventions for helping students address deficits in working memory.
  • 11:40 - 11:55 a.m. | Mindful Break, Contemplate or Let’s Integrate

    Attendees are encouraged to take some meaningful break time in the morning. Take a personal break or choose one of these three suggested options: 
       
    Mindful Break: A meditative time to relax your mind so the morning session information can sink deep into long term memory!  

    Contemplate: Record key thoughts and ideas from the morning sessions while you listen to a purposeful playlist that will stimulate thinking!  

    Let’s Integrate: Choose a breakout session-themed integration time to link into a digital bulletin board with other attendees. The digital platform will be a place to share key ideas and session takeaways outside of a Zoom format. Notes from the integration time will be shared with all attendees via email following the event.
  • Noon - 1 p.m. | Lunch & Learn with Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., ABPP

    Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., ABPP,  The Proper Care & Feeding of Educators & Helping Professionals

    Description: Educators and other professionals who help students give a lot of themselves each day. While the work can be rewarding, it can also be draining and stressful, which can lead to discouragement and burnout. For professionals who do well over the long haul, it's wise to have skills and practices that keep yourself emotionally healthy and happy. Dr. Dave Verhaagen gives practical, research-based strategies for maintaining well-being and increasing resilience in the face of challenges. Using the OMEGAS acronym, he teaches six ways you can be happier and healthier in work and all of life.
  • 1 - 1:10 p.m. | Exhibitor Hall & Break Time

    Take some time to check out the amazing exhibitors supporting this event.  
  • 1:10 - 2:10 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

    Breakout Session 2A: James Booth, Ph.D., How Does the Brain Learn to Calculate?

    Description: This seminar will begin with an outline of a neuro-cognitive model of math processing that includes both verbal and spatial components. Our neuroimaging work shows that reliance on these components changes developmentally when solving arithmetic problems, suggesting increases in specialization. Our individual differences work further suggests that increases in working memory and precision of the mental number line are tightly related to these developmental changes in reliance on the verbal and spatial components. However, the reliance on these components during arithmetic appears to also depend on environmental variables, such as the culture that one grows up in and also one’s socio-economic status. I conclude this seminar with extending our approach to understand how verbal and spatial mechanisms are engaged in deductive reasoning. Our research reveals a complex pattern in which the components of the neuro-cognitive network engaged depends on the nature of the task, the age and ability of the child, and the environment in which the child grows up in.
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    Breakout Session 2B:
    Jon Ebert, PsyD, Engaging Children & Youth With Complex Trauma in the Classroom 

    Description: This presentation will orient attendee’s to the challenges that children and youth who have experienced complex trauma bring to educational settings and relationships. Attendees will be provided a framework and tools for supporting children and youth toward regulation, resiliency, problem-solving and engagement.     
     
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    Breakout Session 2C:
    Regan Humphrey, Ed.D., To The Classroom... And Beyond!Supporting ADHD in Multiple Settings

    Description:
    Children with ADHD often struggle to achieve success in a multitude of settings, even beyond the walls of the classroom. Executive function deficits with such a diagnosis may include difficulty in managing attention, impulsivity, organization, social skills and emotional regulation. In this session, parents and educators will be presented with various strategies that can be used to support children with ADHD as they navigate everyday challenges.
  • 2:10 - 2:25 p.m. | Mindful Break, Contemplate or Let’s Integrate

    Attendees are encouraged to take some meaningful break time in the afternoon. Take a personal break or choose one of these three suggested options: 
       
    Mindful Break: A meditative time to relax your mind so the morning session information can sink deep into long term memory!  

    Contemplate: Record key thoughts and ideas from the morning sessions while you listen to a purposeful playlist that will stimulate thinking!  

    Let’s Integrate: Choose a breakout session-themed integration time to link into a digital bulletin board with other attendees. The digital platform will be a place to share key ideas and session takeaways outside of a Zoom format. Notes from the integration time will be shared with all attendees via email following the event.
  • 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Closing Plenary

    Closing Plenary:  Karen Harris, Ed.D, Close Reading and Writing to Learn, Inform, or Persuade Across Grades K-12

    Description: 
    Teachers and researchers across numerous states and districts are using SRSD for close reading and writing to learn, inform, or persuade across grades K-12. In this presentation, selected strategies and student reading and writing outcomes across grades K-12, including outcomes for students in both special and general education will be shared. In addition, outcomes of teacher designed SRSD strategies and instruction for opinion writing in response to reading will presented.

Resources

Contact

Courtney Gallaher
Director of Community Outreach at Currey Ingram Academy &                
Neuroscience & Education Symposium Coordinator

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