“Teaching Mindfully” in Portland, OR

As we learn more about how the brain works, teaching and learning strategies are quickly developing and may be different than what we’ve seen traditionally, but make more sense because they align with how the brain works.

Experts in the field of brain based learning are coming together on Saturday, September 28th in Portland, Oregon for a day long workshop for educators and really anyone interested in how the brain learns.  The event will be the first of many professional development events held at Jesuit High School’s new Manresa Center.

John Medina, author of Brain Rules, will be traveling down from the Seattle area to kick off the day with, “Brain Rules for the Classroom,” sure to be a compelling keynote about how students learn. After a quick break (because we now know our brain needs  frequent  breaks to truly comprehend and focus on unfamiliar content) three different session times will follow. Experts spanning the west coast will present on topics all explaining how our brain works in all situations from language accusation to sports psychology.

Registration is open now. The full schedule of events can be found here and more information about the day is included below.


Workshop for Professional Development set for September 28th at Jesuit Highschool’s Manresa Center


PORTLAND, OR –  – Two local prominent educational institutions are teaming up to create a workshop for professional development based on the role the human brain plays in learning.  Jesuit High school and University of Portland have collaborated to launch the workshop titled “Teaching Mindfully, The Role the Brain Plays in Learning” The workshop will take place at Jesuit’s Manresa Center on September 28th from 8:30am-2: 30PM.   Participants will have the opportunity to earn college credit towards their teaching credentials through University of Portland.
The workshop will mark the official launching of the Jesuit High school Manresa Center for Professional Development.  The Manresa Center is a collaboration of educators not just from Jesuit and University of Portland but from many different schools in the area including Central Catholic High School, the Beaverton Public School District, and several Elementary schools.  The mission of the Manresa Center is to provide quality, affordable professional development for educators, while helping educators build their professional learning networks.
John Medina, author of the best selling book Brain Rules, will headline the conference. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant and is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University.
Other speakers include:
Steven Kaufman:  Author of “The Garbageman’s Guide to Life:  How to Get Out of the Dumps.”  By clearing out the trash in our minds and our classrooms, we create the open space we need to jumpstart creativity, growth, and learning.
Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D: A speech-language pathologist, educator, and special educator for the past 35 years. She began working with children with autism in 1972. She is the author of five textbooks, numerous articles, chapters, and monographs, and has made 100’s of presentations on learning and language
Brad Pendergraft: Brain Coach from Lifetime Optimization speaking on “Tune in Your Brain: Building Habits of Focus in an Age of Distraction”
Brian Baxter: Sports psychology consultant and author of “Sports Mindset Gameplan”
Darcy Rogers: Founder of Organic Language Acquisition (OLA), a revolutionary methodology for second language learning. Her work focuses on creating a space for second language to be naturally acquired.
Jesuit High School, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus and is part of a 450-year Jesuit educational tradition. Jesuit High School is a non-profit, coeducational college-preparatory school for grades 9-12 that serves students of all religious faiths.

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