Neuroscience of Learning Summit (WF2)
Wednesday, March 4 8:30 am–3:30 pm
TCC - Tahoma 5
In the past few years, learning scientists, together with neuroscientists, have made amazing discoveries about how the human brain learns. Evidence of recent methodological changes derived from brain-centric models has produced results, which are always significant, and often breathtaking. Join Dr. Timothy Kieran O’Mahony, Missy Widmann and Conn McQuinn, for a day of learning how to translate the most significant of these discoveries into practical teaching that results in powerful improvements in education for both teachers and students. Together, we will translate neuroscientific research and brain-aligned strategies into the classroom. This Neuroscience of Learning Summit is the first step in improving educational outcomes for all students by empowering them to access their potential by understanding the brain.
|Focus Area:||Brain Research/Neuroscience|
|Skill Level:||All levels|
Conn McQuinn, McQuinnable Educational Services
Conn McQuinn is a consultant and the owner of McQuinnable Educational Services. He has degrees in science and education and over 40 years of experience in science and technology education at the Pacific Science Center and Puget Sound Educational Service District. He has taught hundreds of workshops on educational technology, personalized learning, Makerspaces, and more, and has been an active participant in NCCE programs since 1983. For the last decade he has increasingly focused on how we can use neuroscience to empower everyone in the school community - teachers, students, administrators, and parents - to create classrooms where all can flourish.
Kieran O'Mahony, PhD, Neural Education
Founding member of the Institute for Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching and Learning, Dr. O’Mahony explores the intersection of learning sciences, social emotional, and neuroscience with respect to solutions in the classroom. Recent research focuses on socio-cultural perspectives on cognition, learning, and technology in formal and informal learning environments. research results in this new arena of learning are always significant, and often breathtaking. The goal is twofold: (i) eliminate labeling and stratification with respect to children in the classroom and, (ii) increase teacher capacity in an emergent field where neuroscience informs classroom practices and processes.
Missy Widmann, Neural Education
Missy Widmann has always had a passion for education, technology, neuroscience, health, fitness, and community. Fortunately, her newest endeavor includes all of them. Missy currently serves as an educational consultant, supporting teachers and schools in integrative technology. She is also embarking on an adventure as a partner in Neural Education. Her collaboration in Neural Education includes developing a platform for the Challenge Mosaic Brain Engagement model, creating open education resources, and providing innovative professional development for our educational community. The vision of the Neural Education is to promote equity and personalization for K-20+ education.