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Welcome to the 2015 Natick Innovation & Learning Summit and the Natick Wellness Summit!  

DATE: Monday, November 30th, 2015 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Natick High School.
Natick High School is located at 15 West St. Natick, MA 01760

This year we will host over 850 educators and hold over 130 workshop sessions that are facilitated by expert practitioners on the tools, resources and instructional practices that Natick educators have requested.  All sessions are tagged by level and target audience to help you choose the best sessions for your interest and skill level.

This year is extra special because we are joining with the Natick Wellness Summit which has been designed to nurture the interdisciplinary roles of educators in the adoption of physical activity as a learning tool. Learn from leading neuroscientists, educators and psychologists the best practices and evidence based research to creatively incorporate physical activity into school policy, and teaching practices to enhance student’s ability to learn. 

We hope you enjoy this years summit and it allows you to deepen your professional practice.

Agenda:
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Registration and Continential Breakfast
8:15 AM - 9:35 AM Session 1 Workshops (80 minutes) 
9:45 AM - 11:05 AM Session 2 Workshops (80 minutes)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Session 3-L1 Workshops (45 Minutes)
12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Session 3-L2 Workshops (45 Minutes)
1:10 PM - 2:30 PM Session 4 Workshops (80 minutes)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Exit Surveys and Health Fair Game!

Attendees and speakers should plan for lunch during session 3-L1 or 3-L2. Lunch will be available from 11 AM - 1 PM.  

SESSION SURVEY LINK:   http://goo.gl/forms/aQUUwswAKh

 
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Monday, November 30 • 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Wellness Summit: Health and Performance PE LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shares scientific findings regarding the role of the “new” PE, which we refer
to as “Health and Performance PE”, is, and how it can further the objectives of school 
communities. With a push to increase physical activity in children and adolescents, PE 
teachers play an integral role in teaching students how to get moving in a safe, fun and 
sustainable way. The objective of PE needs to address the physical wellbeing of students and teach lifelong fitness skills, and in doing so, PE will support the cognitive and emotional development that schools aim to provide students in traditional classroom settings. We will provide an overview of the scientific threads that come together to weave a successful PE class. While research findings and best practices are shared, no specific program is offered with a vision to help attendees tailor the information in a way that best suits their own schools.  Attendees will hear what has worked for PE teachers across grade levels, and will be encouraged to being planning for what will work for their own students. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to state how PE can be used to ready the brain of the learner, how it can be used to enhance performance in subjects where students have the most difficulty, and how it can serve as an adjunctive intervention for students seeking learning support and counseling services in schools. They will also be able to discuss the cognitive benefits of different heart rate intensities, the importance of coordination/balance in complex cognition, and how sunlight exposure helps attention amongst other relevant PE topics to be shared with administrators or at the water cooler.



Speakers
avatar for Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His recent work has focused on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to incorporate findings from neuropsychology into... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 318, Classroom

Attendees (19)