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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 • 8:15am - 9:35am
Wellness Summit: How the Brain Works and How to Optimize Learning LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

Education is often hyper focused on what the teacher is doing and the school environment.  However, learning is an active process that a student participates in, and academic outcomes are dependent on whether a student is paying attention, and the internal cognitive processes that guide learning.  In this talk, the effect of attention, learning, and memory on academic results is discussed, and key brain areas involved in learning will be reviewed.  Practical advice will be given on improving learning by teaching students strategies and tailoring lessons towards universal cognitive limitations.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Chris Gilbert studied Computational Neuropsychology at McMaster University and completed his PhD thesis on learning and the brain (simulating executive functions and memory through computer models of the brain). He has gone on to complete studies that use targeted exercise to improve outcomes in school, at work, and in life. Some examples include studies that examine: the benefit of biking on academics and among ADHD students in association... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor