Are You Paying Attention? - High Impact Memory Strategies
This session explores two of the topics that are of most relevant to classroom teachers attention and memory. As teachers we know that we need our students attention in order for them to learn, recall, and demonstrate mastery. These two concepts, from the perspective of the brain, are highly complex and subject to numerous influences that may negatively impact classroom learning. Participants in this session will be provided with an overview of the brain processes involved in attention and memory and will be provided with classroom strategies that will increase attention/focus and memory/recall.

Battling Boredom - Strategies to Spark Student Engagement
Based on my book by the same title, this session focuses on the relationship between boredom, engagement, and behavior. It includes research and definitions of student boredom and engagement, including brain and cognitive processes. The majority of the workshop focuses on specific strategies for teachers to use in the classroom setting. Not only do I provide descriptions and definitions, but I model the use of selected strategies with participants. One variation of this session is titled They're Not Bad, Just Bored. That session offers many of the same strategies but focuses a bit more on the relationship between boredom, engagement, and inappropriate student behavior. 

Brain Research: Applications for the Classroom
What is all this fuss about brain research? Isn't this brain stuff just another fad?  Participants in this workshop will learn about brain-based learning and instructional strategies that will help all students to succeed. In addition to learning about brain-compatible instructional strategies, participants will be given the opportunity to practice techniques. (Note This is an introductory course designed for an audience that is just beginning to investigate brain-based learning.

Get 'Em Up: Using Movement to Support Learning
This workshop will explore the connections between physical movement and learning. Participants will be given strategies, techniques, and sample lessons that allow students to learn concepts and content through physical movement.

Inside the Teenage Brain
This course uncovers the fascinating research surrounding the unique development of the adolescent brain. Participants will learn that the teen brain is wired differently and functions differently than an adult brain. This fact has significant implications for classroom practice. Participants will be provided with specific, effective strategies that help the teen brain make sense of learning.

Managing and Engaging Students in the Common Core Classroom
The Common Core State Standards will require that students collaborate, think deeply about content, make connections across disciplines, communicate ideas, and direct some of their own learning. As a result, classrooms will have to be organized and managed in an authentic manner. This session will provide specific organizational, behavioral, and instructional techniques that will help to produce self controlled, cooperative, and focused learners.

Meaningful Learning: Curriculum Connections and the Brain
The brain inherently searches for meaning, relevance, and context. Much of the standardized curriculum, offered to students is fragmented and disconnected. Participants in this workshop will explore strategies that help all students create meaningful connections across the curriculum.

Pulling the Weeds - Stress Management for Educators
Based on one simple principle (Live a balanced life) and 25 rules to live by, this session provides participants with strategies for balancing their health, personal life, work responsibilities in order to be a balanced individual and an effective teacher.  Applicable for educators at all levels (classroom, paraprofessional, administrative), the session is fun, relaxed, and humorous but also provides clear evidence of the negative impacts of stress on the body and brain. Included in the session are strategies to help students understand and manage stress in their own lives.
 
Reaching the Reluctant Learner
This session focuses on strategies for those students in our classrooms who may not exhibit overt, difficult behavior but who nonetheless provide challenges for classroom teachers. Numerous, easy-to-use classroom strategies will be provided and modeled for participants. Partially based on strategies provided in Battling Boredom, this session explores questions and topics centered on meaningful learning and engagement plus encourages participants to consider why students may be reluctant and what can be done to connect with students so that they commit to classroom activities.

Strategies for Students Who Drive You Nuts
This session focuses on strategies for those students in our classrooms who may not exhibit overt, difficult behavior but who nonetheless provide challenges for classroom teachers. Numerous, easy-to-use classroom strategies will be provided and modeled for participants. Partially based on strategies provided in Battling Boredom, this session explores questions and topics centered on meaningful learning and engagement plus encourages participants to consider why students may be reluctant and what can be done to connect with students so that they commit to classroom activities.

The Big Picture - The Science of Motivation and the Mind
Every teacher has experienced the frustration of trying to motivate a student that just doesn't seem to care. As educators, we've tried marbles in the jar, table points, competitions, candy, free time, punishment, and even sarcasm in an effort to get the best out of students. But what if we've gotten it all wrong? This session explores the current research on motivation and the brain processes involved that provide evidence and strategies for a more complete understanding of motivation and how it gets exhibited by students. Participants are challenged to reflect on the statement/question, think not so much, what can I do to motivate my students but rather how can I create the environment and contexts where students will demonstrate motivated behavior?  Participants are offered numerous classroom examples and strategies to use with students. 

The School Leader's Toolbox
Designed specifically for school leaders, this session takes a look at current best practices in the areas of classroom management, discipline, and student engagement. Every school leader knows that well-managed classrooms with a focus on student engagement typically experience fewer discipline problems. This session will offer easy-to-use, practical strategies and interventions that will assist school leaders when developing or refining school-wide plans and when working with individual classroom teachers. Participants will consider both school-level factors and classroom-level factors impacting student behavior. 

They Really Do Learn Differently - Gender Differences in the Classroom
This engaging and interactive session explores the differences and learning needs of boys and girls. Participants will be provided with an overview of gender/brain differences and how those differences impact learning, motivation, and classroom management. Specific strategies will be provided that are effective when teaching both single-sex and mixed gender classrooms

Tried That, Didn't Work
Have you ever wondered why some strategies work great with certain kids but totally fail with others? Have you ever gone through your entire toolbox of management and motivation strategies but couldn't find anything that worked with that certain student? This session will explore strategies for intervention with specific student behaviors that are problematic and common in the classroom. Over 50 classroom-tested strategies are shared and participants will leave the session equipped to determine which strategies are most appropriate for common classroom disruptions.

Understanding the ADD/ADHD Student
Students with attention processing disorders are often challenging to classroom teachers. This fun and interactive session will provide an overview of the brain functioning of students with ADD or ADHD. Participants will be given numerous, easy to implement ideas that will help students focus, learn, and retain information.

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Client List
  • Dallas ISD Brain Conference, Texas
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Fall Workshop
  • J.O. Combs School District, San TanValley, Arizona
  • Learning Brain Expo, San Francisco, California
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee 
  • Arizona School Administrators Fall Conference
  • Casa Grande Alliance
  • Trinity Baptist Church, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • Montgomery, Texas Independent School District
  • Arizona Department of Education RTI Summit
  • American Association of School Administrators Annual National Conference on Education, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Anne Arundel County Schools, Baltimore, Maryland
  • St. Rosalie School - Harvey, Louisiana
  • Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Puckett Elementary School, Puckett, Mississippi
  • Florence Unified School District - Walker Butte Elementary
  • 3rd Annual Discipline Initiative Institute - Arizona Department of Education
  • Carson Junior High School - Mesa, AZ
  • Roosevelt Elementary - Mesa, AZ
  • Jellico High School, TN
  • Diverse Voices in Prevention - Tucson
  • Irving Elementary, Mesa, AZ
  • International Reading Association Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
  • Rocky Mountain Institute - Keystone, CO
  • Wasatch Mountain Institute - Midway, UT
  • National Conference on Differentiated Instruction - Las Vegas, NV
  • Rankin County Title I Summer Conference - Brandon, MS 
  • Association for Middle Level Education - Louisville, KY
  • Learning Forward - Anaheim, CA
  • Lewisville ISD, Texas
  • Free Webinar with Eye On Education
  • Eye On School Success Virtual Conference
  • NAREN Conference - Panama Beach, FL
  • North Texas Institute - Cambium Learning
  • Diocese of Erie, PA
  • Rankin County (MS) Summer Conference
  • SDE's Midwest Conference on Differentiated Instruction
  • Irving ISD - Texas
  • Kaufman ISD - Texas
  • Los Fresnos CISD - Texas
  • Central Arizona Reading Council
  • Arizona State University
  • Scott County Schools, TN
  • Association for Middle Level Education
  • Region 8 Service Center - Texas
  • Centralia, IL
  • Arizona School Administrators Annual Conference
  • Extraordinary Educators Conference - Chicago
  • Learning and the Brain Conference - San Francisco
  • Stewarts Creek Elementary - TN
  • Rockvale Elementary - TN