Learning with the Brain in Mind

Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series

Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series
Learning with the Brain in Mind
Date: Oct. 31, 2014
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: 16260 W. Van Buren St.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Hosted by: College of Education

Participants will receive a certificate for two professional development hours.

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Featured Speaker 
Heidi Bonfante, EDS Specialist
Heidi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with emphases in both English and political science from the University of Arizona. She later earned master's degrees in both secondary education and educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and is finishing her doctorate on at-risk student populations. In her 25 years as a teacher, mentor and professional development specialist, she earned advanced training and certification in cognitive coaching while mentoring teachers. Heidi currently teaches English, government and mentors teachers for Franklin Police and Fire High School in the Phoenix Union High School District, serves as the school's English language learner program coordinator, teaches graduate seminars for at-risk populations for Northern Arizona University Statewide and monitors student teachers at the University of Phoenix.

Learning with the Brain in Mind
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente reported 57 percent of all children in Arizona have experienced at least one traumatic event that has impacted both their personal and academic lives. One-third experienced two traumatic events, ranging from sexual abuse to extreme poverty, which resulted in withdrawal and self-defeating behavior. Despite being sensitive to our students' backgrounds and desire to do everything we can to make sure they are successful, there is only so much we can do, right? Maybe. Stephen Krashen believed students cannot learn if their affective filters are up. Teaching with the Brain in Mind is about learning the best practices toward lowering that filter and way to use the brain to make learning possible and permanent.