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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 • 9:45am - 11:05am
Wellness Summit: Setting the Stage for Learning - How Exercise/Play Readies in the Brain LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re already using exercise as a tool to promote your students’ cognitive, emotional
and attentional capacities. Assuming enhancing cardiovascular fitness is one of your 
program goals, what can you expect from your students. In this session findings and best 
practices from school-based exercise intervention studies are presented. By the end of 
this session, participants will be able to answer common questions from members of 
school communities: Should PE be done daily? Doesn’t recess count? Should students 
come to school early to exercise? How do I integrate heart rate monitors into my classes 
and how do I assign grades if I’m not teaching specific skills? Lessons from leading 
schools will be shared, including how they are changing pedagogy, curriculum, 
leadership, student participation and teacher support.  Student and teacher self-
determination and autonomy will be discussed, as well as lessons from Positive 
Psychology, in how to structure PE to optimize student gains.

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 9:45am - 11:05am
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor