National Presenters to Deliver
Brain Research Information
Posted March 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Nationally known presenters will
deliver the latest brain research information and discuss
its impact on learning during the Second Annual Midwest
Brain and Learning Institute, to be held at Hope College on
Monday-Thursday, June 24-27, at the Haworth Inn and
Educators, social workers, psychologists and
health care professionals are encouraged to attend.
Registration is underway.
The goal is to increase participants'
understanding about topics such as system change in
education, responding to neuroscience foundations of
learning, diverse brains/diverse learners, and brain
research implications for the classroom. Participants will
be part of "learning clubs" organized around similar
interests/jobs. The clubs will meet daily to process their
responses to that day's keynote session, as well as have the
opportunity to meet other experts in breakout sessions.
Featured presenters include Dr. Harry T. Chugani,
Martha Kaufeldt, Terri Patterson, Marilee Sprenger, Kenneth
A. Wesson and Dr. Sigurd H. Zielke. The five speakers will
also lead breakout sessions, as will Mark Amenta and Cindy
Strunk, who will focus on the body-mind connections.
Wesson will open the institute with a focus on
educational systems change as it is developing worldwide.
He works as a consultant for preschool through university-
level institutions and organizations across cultures, and
will be speaking on the neuroscience of learning and
appropriate methods for creating classrooms and learning
environments that are "brain-compatible."
On Tuesday, Chugani will lead the participants
through understanding the current status of work in the
neurosciences. Chugani heads the Positron Emission
Tomography (PET) Center at Children's Hospital of Michigan,
Wayne State University in Detroit, where he is also chief of
the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental
Pediatrics, and professor of pediatrics, neurology and
radiology. He is probably best known in the popular press
for his work with Romanian orphans.
Tuesday afternoon, Zielke will share his work with
adolescents and why it is important to understand the
teenage brain. He is a clinical specialist for Fairbanks
Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is currently
developing a model for addressing the multiple problems and
symptoms of addicted patients.
Sprenger will serve as a "translator," assisting
participants in a deeper understanding of how the research
from the neurosciences help educators respond effectively to
diversity in the classroom. Sprenger is an educational
consultant and an adjunct professor at Aurora University in
Illinois and a former middle school teacher. She has
authored two books: "Learning & Memory: The Brain in
Action" and "Becoming a 'Wiz' at Brain-Based Teaching: How
to Make Every Year Your Best Year."
Patterson is principal of Sul Ross Elementary
School in Waco, Texas, which was designated an Exemplary
Campus by the Texas Education Agency for 2000-01 for its
performance in statewide academic testing and attendance
levels. She is returning to the second institute to tell
the Sul Ross story both Wednesday afternoon and during a
dinner session for school administrators.
Kaufeldt is a full-time trainer and consultant
with an extensive background in brain-compatible teaching
and learning, and is author of the book "Begin with the
Brain: Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom." She
will bring the institute participants many classroom
applications during the final sessions on Thursday.
Throughout the institute, movement consultants
Amenta and Strunk will work with the participants. Amenta
is an instructor, actor, writer, director and business
consultant who has taught acting at Hope and continues to do
so at Grand Rapids Community College, and conducts workshops
for K-12 students and teachers in creative dramatics and
writing. Strunk has taught physical education to
kindergarten through fifth grade students at Sul Ross
Elementary School in Texas for the past 12 years.
Those interested in registering for the institute
should contact Dr. Leslie Wessman of the Hope education
faculty at (616) 395-7738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations will be taken through Wednesday, May 15, for
$450. Early bird registration runs through Monday, April 1,
for $395. Group discounts are also available. The
institute has limited enrollment, so interested parties are
encouraged to register as soon as possible.
The institute is sponsored by Hope College, the
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the Ottawa
Area Intermediate School District. Additional information
may be obtained on-line at www.hope.edu/brain.