The Language Series: 2015

Language and the Brain: How we learn best

The 16th Annual Language Series will take place on November 6th and 7th, 2015 and feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Mark Bertin, M.D.

Dr. Mark BertinDr. Mark Bertin will lead us in the exploration of how understanding brain development can guide the learning process. Understanding the workings of the brain will facilitate learning and help us to become more effective teachers and care providers. Two of the most vital and proven areas of development that influence learning are language and a set of self-management skills called executive function. Children best thrive in teaching and learning environments that mirror and support typical child development.

About the Language Series

The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. The focus of the coming Fall 2015 Language Series is on creating learning environments that are aligned to the way the brain works. This alignment positively impacts students’ learning and their understanding of the world, making use of all of our mental capacities and the multiple pathways of access to content and concepts.

A keynote presentation as well as workshops with experienced practitioners will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities and specific examples. As participants, you will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in your setting.

In our Saturday sessions we will explore examples of learning environments that support all learners for academic success. We hope you can come and participate in the exploration of methods and strategies that will enhance your practice by maximizing its potential to serve today's diverse educational settings that may include English language learners as well as students who have difficulties acquiring or developing language.