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What Neuroscientists Know About Struggling Readers

Presenter: Paula Tallal, Ph.D.
Date/Time: September 23, 2014, 12pm PT/3pm ET
Length: 45 minutes

Dr. Paula Tallal discusses the latest neuroscience research on learning, her original research on auditory processing and language, and the classroom application of these scientific findings to help struggling learners succeed. 

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Reading Fluency: The Neglected (but Necessary) Goal of Your Reading Program

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

If a student reads but doesn’t comprehend, is that truly reading? Fluency is an important predictor of reading comprehension and a key element of any successful reading program (National Reading Panel). Some students fail to achieve sufficient fluency to comprehend their reading and many teachers are unsure how best to help. Indeed research has demonstrated that difficulties in reading fluency are a particular concern for many special education students and English Language Learners. Dr. Rasinski will provide the research on fluency and how it is the often neglected bridge to comprehension for all students, and especially for those students we may consider most at-risk. He will share approaches to teaching this all-important reading skill that will move students toward better comprehension.

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Effects of Low Income on Student Success

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Several new studies have shown that students from families below the poverty line are at the greatest risk for academic failure. Research reveals that low family income has a bigger impact on academics than ethnicity or English language proficiency. Join Dr. Martha Burns as she reviews the newest research and provides research on interventions which have been found to have a significant impact on academic achievement in children of poverty. 

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APD, ADD and Dyslexia: How Do They Overlap?

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Within the past few years, there has been an increase in children diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder. These diagnoses, when added to the students diagnosed with Dyslexia, pose a challenge for parents and educators. In what ways do the diagnoses overlap? Which diagnoses pose the greatest obstacle to academic achievement? Join Dr. Martha Burns as she discusses the new research on these diagnoses and shares data on outcomes associated with specific interventions.

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Using Cognitive Science to Enhance Student Learning

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Dr. Burns discusses the ability of neuroscience to profoundly impact education. Hear how the science of learning has guided the development of breakthrough technologies to enhance underlying memory, attention, processing and sequencing abilities in struggling students and English language learners.

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Research and Clinical Applications for Children with Language and Learning Issues

Presenter: Lorraine Sgarlato, Au.D
Length: 75 minutes

In this course, Dr. Lorraine Sgarlato, an Audiologist with over 30 years of clinical experience, will review the research and share her expertise and clinical outcomes with children who exhibit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). The webinar will help clinicians differentiate (APD) from disorders that may present with similar behavioral characteristics, especially in the classroom. The primary focus will be to share outcome data on effective interventions.

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How the ELL Brain Learns

Presenter: David Sousa, Ed.D.
Length: 60 minutes

What does the latest research reveal about the ELL brain? In this session, Dr. Sousa will provide an overview of how the young brain acquires the first language, and then look at how trying to learn a second language affects brain development. We will discuss the challenges that ELL students face when learning both conversational and academic language simultaneously and explore ways to help them. Finally, we will debunk some misconceptions about ELLs and English language acquisition. There will be some surprises!

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Is Auditory Processing Holding Your Child Back at School?

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Would you like a better understanding of what auditory processing is (and isn't)? How auditory processing skills hold your child back at school? Join Dr. Martha Burns to learn all about this elusive, but important factor in children's literacy development. Dr. Burns is the author of over 100 journal articles and multiple books and is a leading expert on how children learn.

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Comprehension - Going Beyond Fluency

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Although fluency is important for reading success, it is not sufficient. Students must also actively work to make meaning out of the texts they read. In this webinar, Dr. Timothy Rasinski will share some of his favorite approaches for helping students engage in texts meaningfully and productively.

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New Science of Learning For Your Struggling Readers

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Dr. Burns discusses the ability of neuroscience to profoundly impact education. Hear how the science of learning has guided the development of breakthrough technologies to enhance underlying memory, attention, processing and sequencing abilities in struggling students.

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Boost Your Child’s Reading This Winter Break

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

The holidays are approaching. Why not use this time to help your child get a head start on preparing for spring testing? Join us to learn about the latest research on why some kids struggle with learning and reading. Dr. Burns will offer interventions that can improve your child's ability not just to read, but to learn. Joining her will be a parent to discuss her child’s progress and results with BrainPro, a service that combines Fast ForWord software with the expertise of an online professional consultant.

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RTI & Special Ed: How Are We Doing?

Presenter: Chris Weber, Ed.D.
Length: 45 minutes

What are the stats on special ed in the US today? Join Dr. Weber, expert on RTI, as he shares the current state of RTI and special education. He’ll also share, in practical quantifiable terms, how others have reduced special ed referrals and maximized instructional resources for all students.

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3A's - What's New and What to Do: Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), Attentional Disorders (ADD & ADHD), Apraxia of Speech in children (CAS)

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 90 minutes

How often, as a tutor, Educational Therapist or Speech-Language Pathologist are you tasked with treating children whose academic success is negatively affected by a combination of a language/learning disability complicated by other types of disorders that affect attention, speech sound perception, and/or speech sound production (ADD/ADHD, APD, and CAS)? These complex problems pose a challenge for parents, teachers, and clinical professionals. The primary focus of the course will be to discuss the new neuroscience research on complex cognitive disorders and present evidence-based interventions for these disorders when they impact academic achievement.

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Reading for Meaning: The Role of Deep Practice

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

In previous webinars, Dr. Rasinski has explored how reading fluency lays the foundation for success with the Common Core Literacy Standards. He has also explained how assisted reading (reading while listening to a fluent reading of a text) can help students acquire fluency. In this webinar, Dr. Rasinski will explore how deep and close reading not only helps readers improve fluency, but also leads them to deeper levels of text understanding.

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Neurobiology of Autism: Interventions that work

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 90 minutes

This online Webinar course will review the newest research on the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD's) especially the delay in development of those major long fiber tracts in the brain important for cognitive processes like language and social skills. A major focus of the course will be a review of evidenced based research on interventions designed to drive behavioral change and white matter tract maturation.

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Building Better Writers (without picking up a pen)

Presenter: Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Learning to write is one of the most cognitively demanding academic activities a student must perform. It is not surprising that many students struggle to perfect and improve their writing abilities throughout their academic years. Nearly 3/4 of both 12th and 8th grade students are not proficient writers (NAEP, 2011). In this webinar, learn from teacher-turned-researcher, Dr. Rogowsky, about a randomized control field trial that found that computer-based instruction intended to improve cognitive skills transferred to improvement in sixth grade students’ writing skills.

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The Neuroplasticity Revolution: New Ways to Improve Learning

Presenter: Norman Doidge, M.D.
Length: 60 minutes

The discovery that the human brain can change its own structure and function with thought, experience, and mental exercise, turning on its own genes, to change its circuitry, is the most important alteration in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years. That is because for four hundred years the brain, after infancy, was seen as fixed and unchanging, like a machine with parts, which couldn't change itself. For children with learning disorders this meant they had to learn to live with their limitations or work around them, because while machines can do many glorious things, they don't grow new parts, or "fix" themselves. The core of the webinar will explore some of the principle experiments that revealed that the brain is plastic, and changeable, and show how these findings radically change our understanding of learning, learning challenges, and learning disorders previously thought incurable. We will review a few major new interventions that can fix these problems, with an emphasis on computer based programs for reading and language problems, and how they work.

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Reading Fluency: The Neglected (but Necessary) Goal of Your Reading Program

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

If a student reads but doesn’t comprehend, is that truly reading? Fluency is an important predictor of reading comprehension and a key element of any successful reading program (National Reading Panel). Some students fail to achieve sufficient fluency to comprehend their reading and many teachers are unsure how best to help. In this workshop, Dr. Rasinski will provide the research on fluency and how it is the often neglected bridge to comprehension. He will share approaches to teaching this all-important reading skill that will move students toward better comprehension.

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Using Brain Science to Close the Achievement Gap

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

As a principal, you’re in a mad dash to meet the changing needs of your students: 20% speak another language, 33% of 4th graders do not read proficiently and ADHD rates have risen 40% in the past decade. Join Dr. Martha Burns to learn what the latest brain science says about these student populations, and how to address their foundational reading and cognitive skills so they become better readers and learners.

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The Hidden Reason Your Child Struggles to Read

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Join Dr. Martha Burns as she discusses a very common, but somewhat elusive problem that impacts many children’s ability to read: poor auditory processing. She will discuss the latest research on the brain and reading and explain why so many bright students still struggle to unlock the reading code. Joining her will be a parent to discuss her child’s progress and results with BrainPro.

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Using Cognitive Science to Enhance Student Learning

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Dr. Burns discusses the ability of neuroscience to profoundly impact education. Hear how the science of learning has guided the development of breakthrough technologies to enhance underlying memory, attention, processing and sequencing abilities in struggling students.

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Breaking the Cycle of Underachievement

Presenter: Beth Connelly, M.S., CCC/SLP
Length: 45 minutes

Poverty, physical neglect, attachment disorders and lack of stimulation in the home environment can contribute to a lag in development and school readiness. Attend this seminar to learn how students can ready their brains for learning and break the cycle of underachievement that poverty often creates.

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Dr. Tallal's New Research with College Students

Presenter: Paula Tallal, Ph.D.
Length: 75 minutes

Dr. Paula Tallal will review her latest research: a study on reading and writing improvements in college students after Fast ForWord training and a longitudinal, randomized control study in college students showing attention improvements.

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What's New in Neuroscience?

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 90 minutes

As in previous years, Dr. Burns will share the latest research in neuroscience as it applies to understanding learning in children and adults. This year she will cover new connectome research as well as research on the neuroscience of attention and memory disorders and interventions. This session replaces the pre-Visionary Conference session of years past.

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Reading Help This Summer

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Is your child behind in reading? Join us to learn some easy ways to help your child catch up this summer! Dr. Martha Burns will discuss the latest research on why some kids struggle with reading and will offer interventions that can improve your child’s ability not just to read, but to learn.

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Improving Academic Skills in Teens with Learning Disabilities

Presenter: Jacqueline Egli, M.S.
Length: 45 minutes

What kind of progress should you expect from teens with significant learning disabilities? Join Jacqueline Egli as she reviews trends with this population and provides research on how, with intensive intervention, these students can demonstrate academic gains. Jacqueline will debunk the myth that adolescent learners are beyond the “window of opportunity” for remedial intervention, and provide concrete examples of intervention plans and success stories of students she’s worked with.

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Make Every Minute Count

Presenter: Tom Chapin
Length: 45 minutes

Every teacher knows the difference that an additional 10 minutes a day of reading practice can make to a student’s vocabulary, language, and knowledge development. The patented technology behind our Reading Assistant program employs speech recognition technology to help teachers provide this daily reading practice to every student while meeting increasing demands in the classroom. Find out how the Reading Assistant program can act as a personal reading coach for every one of your students, providing corrective feedback right away—when it’s most helpful.

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Why Good Schools Have Poor Test Scores

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Test-taking season is upon us, making us wonder: why do some schools with great teachers and capable, knowledgeable students test poorly? Join Dr. Burns as she discusses the common reasons students are not able to reflect their knowledge when it comes to testing time, and how to make sure your testing reflects your teachers’ and students’ hard work this year!

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Provider Summer Planning

Presenter: Erin Hyer
Length: 45 minutes

Join Erin Hyer, Speech-Language Pathologist and Fast ForWord provider of over 15 years, as she discusses best practices on summer programs in a private clinic setting. From “summer camps” to individual summer packages, she’ll provide examples of what has worked for her and how it can work for you. This summer, do something different!

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Keys to Increasing Comprehension in the Age of Common Core

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Comprehension is the goal of reading. To get there readers must master the foundational skills (Common Core), but research shows that a substantial number of poor comprehenders have not yet mastered these. In this webinar, Dr. Timothy Rasinski will share proven, effective, and engaging strategies for helping students lay a solid foundation for reading success and comprehension.

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Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: Executive Function Skills

Presenter: William M. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Young children depend on their emerging “executive function skills” to navigate the classroom and the playground, but what are these skills and why do they matter? Join Dr. Jenkins as he reviews the three dimensions of executive function (inhibitory control, working memory, cognitive flexibility) and examines the development of these skills across childhood.

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The Parent Trap: When and How Parents Can Help a Struggling Learner

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

From reading to social studies, most of our children need outside support with school. As a parent, how much help is too much? Learn from Dr. Burns how to support your child to become a motivated, independent learner with the confidence and cognitive control to take on academic tasks of all kinds, even science projects.

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Brain Myths in Education: Making Sense of Fact vs. Fiction

Presenter: William M. Jenkins, Ph.D. and Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

The brain and learning are hot topics in education, but it's difficult to know whom or what to believe. Join Drs. Burns and Jenkins as they discuss what's true and false about the brain and education and why it all matters. Test how much you know and walk away with practical information to apply at your school with your students the next day!

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Guided Reading for Every Student Every Day

Presenter: Cory Armes, M.Ed., Bobbi Burdett, Principal, and Teresa Lusk, Reading Interventionist
Length: 45 minutes

In today’s classroom, it’s virtually impossible for teachers to reach every student with guided reading every day- there are too many groups and not enough time! That’s why North Pike Elementary in MS decided to use a unique technology that provides 1:1 reading coaching to their students every day. Hear from North Pike’s principal and reading interventionist about how they’re raising state test scores and increasing fluency and comprehension in their largely low-income population.

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Reading and the Adolescent Brain: What Works?

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

In middle and high schools across the country, educators are baffled by their students’ lack of improvement in reading despite repeated intervention. In this webinar, you will learn why so many adolescents plateau, what is happening in their brains at this time of great change, and what you can do to move students forward once and for all.

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An RTI Solution for Your School: An Arizona District's Success Story

Presenter: Cory Armes and Sandy Brimhall, Special Services Director at Show Low Unified School District, AZ
Length: 45 minutes

Are you getting results with your struggling students? Learn from an AZ School District how to implement an RTI plan that raises test scores and reduces special education referrals.

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What’s in the Common Core, but Missing in Your Curriculum

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Hear from Dr. Burns about the fundamental, and sometimes “hidden” skills students need to meet English language arts and math standards. These skills, mentioned in the Common Core, are considered by some to be more important than content knowledge, but are not always given the attention they deserve. Join us to learn how to build these skills in your students.

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Teaching with Poverty in Mind

Presenter: Eric Jensen
Length: 60 minutes

Eric Jensen is a former teacher, active member of the Society for Neuroscience, and author of 24 books on the brain and learning. In this webinar, Jensen presents actionable ideas for maximizing learning time with students, building learning capacity, accelerating the learning process, and getting better buy in from educators and students. (This webinar is from our 2011 Virtual Circle of Learning customer conference).

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How a Low Performing School Achieved Double-Digit Gains on the California Standards Tests (CSTs)

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D. and Charles Wilson
Length: 60 minutes

Once a low performing school, Korematsu Discovery Academy in East Oakland has achieved double-digit gains on the California Standards Tests (CSTs) in English-language arts and mathematics. In this session,Principal Charles Wilson discusses how his school’s use of Fast ForWord has contributed to this dramatic improvement. In addition, Dr. Martha Burns shares the science behind Fast ForWord and explains what makes it so powerful as a reading intervention.

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What Do Neuroscientists Know About Learning that Educators Don't?

Presenter: Paula Tallal, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Dr. Paula Tallal discusses the latest neuroscience research on learning, her original research on auditory processing and language, and the classroom application of these scientific findings to help struggling learners succeed.

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Six Months of Increase in Reading After a One Month Summer Program with Reading Assistant

Presenter: Maura Deptula

After one month of Reading Assistant use, the students in this study made significant gains on the SRI. On average, their Lexile scores improved by 68 points. Average students at the 4th to 5th grade level typically gain between 50 and 60 Lexile points in six months. In this one month summer program, participants gained more than half a year in reading comprehension, on average. This webinar included a discussion of these results as well as a live demonstration of Reading Assistant, a personal reading coach available anytime, anywhere.

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Test Scores Rise from 55% to 81% Proficiency in ELA: Learn From District Administrators in St. Mary Parish Public School District How They Achieved These Results

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D., Lenny Armato, Gwendolyn P. Thomas, and Bridget Guillot
Length: 60 minutes

In the four years since they started using the Fast ForWord program, fourth graders at eight struggling elementary schools in the St. Mary Parish Public School System showed dramatic improvements in their reading achievement as measured by the state LEAP English Language Arts (ELA) test, rising from 55% to 81% proficiency in ELA, as well as increases in test scores in other subject areas. Dr. Burns will present about the science behind the Fast ForWord program, while Mr. Armato will discuss district implementation and results.

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Reaching All Learners – Using Technology to Personalize Instruction & Assessment in Today’s Classroom

Presenter: Alan November
Length: 60 minutes

Listen to Alan November address the challenges beginning teachers and teacher educators often face. November explores critical skills teachers should know (such as information literacy), presents useful ideas for moving curriculum and assessment online, and recommends ways to create authentic assessments and strengthen community support.

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Read By Third Grade

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

In this webinar, neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns discusses the newest science behind learning to read. As an expert in her field, she will discuss innovative approaches to reading intervention that can reach even the most struggling of readers. Get ready to think differently about how teacher and technology-based reading solutions can get students back on track.

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The Science of Learning

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

In this webinar, Dr. Burns discusses the potential of neuroscience to profoundly impact education. The science of learning has guided the development of targeted neuroscience-based learning technologies to enhance underlying memory, attention, processing and sequencing abilities and proven to quickly and efficiently accelerate learning in many student populations at all grade levels.

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Brain Health Across the Life Span

Presenter: Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

Join us as Dr. Nussbaum explained brain health across the lifespan as an important and unique model. While years of science have argued neurogenesis does not occur in humans, recent research indicates otherwise. If the human brain can generate new brain cells, an entire new frontier of discovery and opportunity emerges.

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Reading English as a Second Language: Some Challenges and Solutions

Presenter: Virginia Mann, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes

This webinar will present information on English Language Learners and learning English as a second language. Dr. Mann will discuss the differences between English and other writing systems, the need for early immersion in English if English Language Learning is going to be optimal, the need for phoneme awareness (which transfers across languages) and phonological processing and the challenge of morphology.

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Disrupting Class

Presenter: Michael Horn
Length: 45 minutes

Using the theory of disruptive innovation, which describes how products or services that offer simplicity, affordability, and convenience transform a market that was previously dominated by complicated, expensive, and inaccessible ones, Michael Horn will describe how online learning is disrupting our notion of a classroom and how it offers the possibility of moving toward a student-centric learning system that is much more focused on different people's distinct learning needs.

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Our Changing Education Landscape

Presenter: Bill Daggett
Length: 60 minutes

Unprecedented and highly interrelated challenges are facing our schools. Bill Daggett will describe these challenges and their impact on schools. He will also provide suggestions on how to be proactive in dealing successfully with them.

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7 Discoveries From Brain Research That Could Revolutionize Education

Presenter: Eric Jensen
Length: 75 minutes

This forward-thinking session explores the cutting edge discoveries that do have “real world implication” for all educators. Learn the latest from the cutting edge of brain research. Discover why the brain is the next significant area for educators. Find out what’s new in the future for educators. Learn specific strategies you can use to improve student achievement immediately on reinventing the learning process and the connection between games and tools.

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Brain Plasticity, Child Development and Learning

Presenter: Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.
Length: 70 minutes

This pre-recorded webinar introduces The New Science of Learning: Brain Fitness for Kids. During this webinar, Dr. Michael Merzenich will discuss how his research in brain plasticity can ultimately affect student performance.

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