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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 • 12:10pm - 12:55pm
Wellness Summit: Before School Biking and the Impact on Health and Learning LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

A multi-school exercise study was conducted by RTSG and Specialized Bikes in 2012 and 2014.  It examined the effect of exercise on a variety of physical, emotional, cognitive metrics as well as Math and English standardized test scores.  We'll look to discuss the results regarding using exercise to benefit academic performance, and lessons learned from the studies.

Speakers
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Meghan Dwyer

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Meghan Dwyer, M. Ed., | Originally from Albany, NY; Meghan has found herself a fitting home at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA where she has just started her seventh year of teaching Physical Education. Since starting in Natick, she and her co-teachers have been focused on creating a fitness focused physical education model for their school. They have worked closely with researchers and school administration to develop and drive their... Read More →
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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 →
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David Lyth

Teacher - MS, Natick Public Schools
Dave Lyth graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and went on to earn his Master of Education from Fitchburg State University in May 2013. He just finished his second masters in Educational Leadership in July 2015 from Endicott College. Dave is currently in his 8th year as a Physical Education teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. Dave has presented numerous... Read More →
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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 →
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Noel Vigue

Wellness Summit - coordinator, Natick Public Schools
Noel Vigue, M.Ed., CSCS is a health and physical educator at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA. Previously, he served Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at Boston University's Athletic Enhancement Center.  He has been teaching and coaching adolescents for more than 19 years. He teaches the Fitness for Life program for 7th & 8th grade students at KMS. For the past six years, he has been working to establish Natick Public... Read More →



Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor