Education conference set for area resort

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Both reflective teaching and brain-based learning will be the focus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 16th Annual Conference on Education Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center.

Teachers, principals and administrators will have an opportunity to hear international educational consultant Dr. Debra Pickering, a senior scholar at Marzano Research Laboratory, speak on “Reflective Teaching” to help them examine what they do in the classroom and analyze what works. Her talks have been described as animated, informative and practical. She has been a classroom teacher and district administrator.

She coauthored with Dr. Robert J. Marzano educational books and manuals, including Dimensions of Learning, Classroom Instruction That Works, Classroom Management That Works and Building Academic Vocabulary. She is also a contributor to On Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Pickering has a master's degree in school administration and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in cognitive psychology.

Dr. Ken Wesson, who blogs under the name “ScienceMaster,” will address “Brain-based Learning.”

Wesson, who has served as a science writer for Science IQ and worked as an educational consultant for Stanford Research Institute, asks teachers, “If it’s your job to develop the mind, shouldn’t you know how the brain works?”

Wesson will guide teachers on establishing “brain-considerate” learning environments based on early brain development, emotional intelligence, the neuropsychology of prejudice, contextual learning and curriculum development.

He has addressed educators on six of the world’s seven continents, been an administrator and a faculty member at the postsecondary level, served on his local Board of Education and was recognized as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1984.

His research is frequently published in Parents Magazine and the journal Brain World.  His most recent articles on the brain include “From Synapses to Learning: Understanding the Brain Process,” “Neuropsychology and Prejudice” and “Memory of the Brain.”

Registration, including continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials, is $75 per person for educators not part of the Inquiry Science Education Consortium and is on line at lanlfoundation.org .

The conference is made possible by an investment from Los Alamos National Security, LLC in the ISEC initiative.