Motivate Your Students with Social-Emotional Learning


Neuroscience of Education:

The Positive Student Impact of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Neuronscience-Based Approaches 

Educators have a powerful effect on the social-emotional learning development of children. New research points to SEL approaches that maximize educators’ positive impact on students affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Build a positive impact on Students
This presentation will review the new research on the effects of ACEs and environmental stress on brain maturation and learning, then turn attention to the research on Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) associated with positive educational outcomes.
The webinar will conclude with suggestions for the use of individualized instruction combined with technology to build academic skills as well as the confidence to achieve in all students.

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INDEX

Time  Topic

04:55 Turning ACEs to PACEs
12.30 Tracts mature at different rates (Stimulation drives Maturity)
13:07 Six Factors that may lead to Troubled Teens
14:05 Brain Structure and Poverty
14:55 A Major effect of Brain Maturation is STRESS
17:05 Know the Three kinds of Stress
30:40 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) – Education Perspective
33.10 Poor Working memory doesn’t just affect RETENTION
33:14 How Fast ForWord builds Phonological Working Memory
35:45 Neuroscience – Moving from WHY TO WHAT and HOW
37:30 How to turn around troubled Teens

NOTE – Slides
The slides in this webinar are available as a handout. We will send them to you when you complete the form on the video above about Social Emotional Learning .

Educators have a powerful effect on the social-emotional development of children. New research points to SEL approaches that maximize educators’ positive impact on students affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Social Emotional Learning Key Factor

Educators play a vital role in changing and building the Brain.

  • The human brain is an experience – dependent organ
  • It is the main goal of Teachers to build and change students brain
  • Educators create positive childhood experience
  • Children can achieve even those who begin at a disadvantaged level. With the use of individualized instruction combined with technology to build academic skills as well as the confidence to achieve in all students.

    Social Emotional Learning

Transcription – Read Their Minds: An Update on Dyslexia Research and Brain Based Remediation.

 

Index
01:00 The Reading Brain
08:06 The role of executive function in reading
11:20 Updated view on the Simple View of Reading (SVR)
12:40 Reading impairments versus dyslexia – what is the difference?
14:20 Dyslexia – a historical perspective
18:10 Dyslexia – the education definition
19:45 Dyslexia a multi deficit approach
30:38 Perceptual and cognitive level differences
33:12 Phonological & orthographic deficit theories
38:00 Importance of early intervention
40:20 Individual differences – Each child is unique
43:50 The role of Neuroscience Technology

Many scientists think that the cause of dyslexia is a dysfunctional processing of auditory speech. However, even today, the reasons for these alterations in speech processing remain unknown. Children with dyslexia have considerable problems at school and are under great emotional pressure both at school and in the family. Adults with dyslexia frequently feel ashamed of their weakness and try to hide it from their social and professional environment.

  • First, dyslexia is neurological—it is a condition that stems from underlying differences in the brain, which is not the child’s fault. That means that the most effective dyslexia interventions will strengthen these specific underdeveloped areas of the brain.
  • Second, dyslexia is a problem of auditory processing. Successful interventions will train the brain to improve auditory processing speed that will in turn improve reading skills.

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Webinar – Read Their Minds: An Update on Dyslexia Research and Brain Based Remediation

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

INDEX

Time  Topic

00:50 The Reading Brain
08:06 The role of executive function in reading
11:20 Updated  view on the Simple View of Reading (SVR)
12:40 Reading impairments versus dyslexia – what is the difference?
14:20 Dyslexia – a historical perspective
18:10 Dyslexia – the education definition
00:00 Dyslexia a multi deficit approach
30:38 Perceptual and cognitive level differences
33:12 Phonological & orthographic deficit theories 
00:00 Cognitive level differences
00:00 Individual differences – Each child is an individual
00:00 The components of a successful reading intervention

NOTE – Slides
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Preliminary Notes Only

And then sequencing is important especially in reading. You have to know what came first in a story, what came second in a story, what came third, if you are going to write something, you have to write it in some kind of an order. But also, sequencing is just important for learning all sorts of content tasks, whether its mathematics which requires sequencing or science or history. And so these are some capacities that we’ve learned you can train. And when you train those capacities especially if you train them as embedded in content tasks, you can drive the brain through these very repetitive experiences to be much better at learning.

And so that is where the Fast ForWord programs come in. The first thing I want to emphasize is that Fast ForWord programs train attention skills and by training that they enable students to be able to attend to especially auditory signal because that is what a student has to be able to attend to. They have to attend to a teacher talking especially in the early grades. And the attention training is embedded in other kinds of tasks, like reading tasks.

Free Webinar – Leadership and Classroom Secrets to Help Struggling Students Achieve

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Introduction:

The achievement gap between rich students and poor students continues to be a major problem in our schools. Join us for a free webinar with education expert Dr. Eric Jensen.

You’ll learn:-
  • How learning environments and different teaching strategies impact brain development
  • What school leaders and educators can do to help students of poverty catch up to their peers once and for all.

So we know that young readers who are struggling and adult impaired readers show:

  • Normal brain structure in many ways
  • But 3 of the regions important for reading may not mature as
    quickly in struggling readers
  • And thus, the highways that connect the three key brain areas for
    reading do not become well myelinated.

The good news is that brain maps and the highways that connect them are “experience dependent” – neuroscience-based interventions can drive that development. 

Five ways that changes the lives of a struggling Student:

① Relationships
② Understand the REAL Problem
③ Shift Mindsets/Expectations
④ Build Cognitive Capacity Relentlessly
⑤ Teach Habits for Implementation

About the Speaker 

Dr. Jensen is a leader in brain-based learning and author of several best-selling books, including Poor Students, Rich Teaching.

Overview

Title: Leadership and Classroom Secrets to Help Struggling Students Achieve

Originally broadcast Date: Tuesday, September, 10th, 2019

Duration: 55 minutes

Free Webinar – Head First into Reading: Fast and Lasting Brain Based Solutions

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Introduction:

Neuroscience has ushered in a new frontier for building reading skills in all students who struggle to achieve.

You’ll learn:-
  • The latest research on the reading brain and what is happening when students do not benefit from standard instruction.
  • How brain-based reading technologies speed reading mastery for lasting success.
  • By intertwining attention and memory skill building into explicit decoding, comprehension, and fluency exercises, students make 1-2 year gains after only 40 to 60 hours use of the Fast ForWord brain-based technology.

So we know that young readers who are struggling and adult impaired readers show:

  • Normal brain structure in many ways
  • But 3 of the regions important for reading may not mature as
    quickly in struggling readers
  • And thus, the highways that connect the three key brain areas for
    reading do not become well myelinated

The good news is that brain maps and the highways that connect them are “experience dependent” – neuroscience-based interventions can drive that development.

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY

Well-designed neuroscience technologies can address foundational cognitive skills essential to academic success and
promote life skills (executive functions)
Fast ForWord uses a new 3-step process for fast reading results:

1. PREPARE the foundation for reading

• Targets missing skills and addresses weaknesses that other programs and methods don’t (memory, attention, processing speed, listening accuracy, etc.)


2. PRACTICE language and reading skills

• Your child receives 1000s of personalized practice opportunities – this is more intensive than any other approach and how to get far better results
• Adjusts to every click of the mouse or touch on an iPad
• Keeps your child at 80% success, 20% challenge


3. REINFORCE new reading skills

• As your child reads aloud, the Reading Assistant program listens and provides corrective reading feedback. This real-world reading reinforces newly learned skills and rapidly builds fluency and comprehension.

About the Speaker 

Dr. Martha Burns is an expert on how children learn and has written 3 books and over 100 articles. She is an associate professor in the Northwest University, USA

Overview

Title: Head First into Reading: Fast and Lasting Brain Based Solutions

Originally broadcast Date: Tuesday, August, 20th, 2019

Duration: 60 minutes

Webinar – Adding Neuroscience to Education – Can it Really Help?

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Introduction:

You are ready to teach your students. But how can you help your students become better learners? Whether the subject is maths, science, history or English langauge skills all students need to be effective learners.
 
Now you can help your students absorb your teaching more effectively

Including neuroscience in education has been a popular topic in recent years but some people still have questions and would like to learn more about its usefulness and how it works.

You’ll learn:-

  • The 4 cognitive skills all learners need to have to learn effectively and optimally.
  • The FAST formula to make sure you hit the right levels of participation, to personalise the learning experience and build in motivation and blending of skills.
  • What technology can do to help you supplement your classroom instruction
  • The latest research into neuroscience and learning
  • And lots more in this new webinar.

What science says about why certain children struggle with language and reading, and others don’t — there are hidden factors at play.

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY

Well-designed neuroscience technologies can address foundational cognitive skills essential to academic success and
promote life skills (executive functions)

NO MORE BAND-AIDS ON READING PROBLEMS

Fast ForWord uses a new 3-step process for fast reading results:


1. PREPARE the foundation for reading

• Targets missing skills and addresses weaknesses that other programs and methods don’t
(memory, attention, processing speed, listening accuracy, etc.)


2. PRACTICE language and reading skills

• Your child receives 1000s of personalized practice opportunities – this is more intensive
than any other approach and how to get far better results
• Adjusts to every click of the mouse or touch on an iPad
• Keeps your child at 80% success, 20% challenge


3. REINFORCE new reading skills

• As your child reads aloud, the Reading Assistant program listens and provides corrective
reading feedback. This real-world reading reinforces newly learned skills and rapidly builds
fluency and comprehension.

About the Speaker 

Mrs. Armes holds a Bachelor’s degree in both general and special education and a Master’s degree in Special Education with certification in the areas of Educational Diagnostician and Mid-Management.

Overview

Title: Adding Neuroscience to Education – Can it Really Help?

Originally broadcast Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2018

Duration: 40 minutes

The Birth of Neuroplasticity Interventions: A Twenty Year Perspective

Abstract

Fast ForWord® was the first, computer/Internet delivered, neuroplasticity-based training program ever developed to enhance neural performance. It grew out of over 25 years of basic and clinical research in two distinct scientific disciplines.


One utilized behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods to study individual differences in language development and the etiology of developmental language-based learning disabilities (including Specific Language Impairment, Autism and Dyslexia).

The other utilized neurophysiological and behavioral methods in animals to study neuroplasticity, that is, changes at the cellular level driven by behavioral training techniques.

This chapter reviews (1) how these two lines of research were integrated to form the scientific basis of Fast ForWord® and (2) the steps taken to translate and instantiate our collaborative laboratory research into clinical and classroom interventionsthat could be scaled up for broad distribution around the world, while remaining efficient, effective and enduring. In 1996, Scientific Learning Corporation (SLC) was co-founded by four research scientists (Paula Tallal, Michael Merzenich, William Jenkins and Steve Miller).

To date, nearly three million children in 55 countries have received Fast ForWord® interventions. On any given school day approximately 100,000 children log in to train on one of twelve Fast ForWord®Language, Literacy or Reading programs. More recently, Fast ForWord® language and reading programs are being used increasingly as an effective method for improving English as a second language (ESL), including success for ESL children whose first language is non-alphabetic.

Introduction

When we began our collaboration in 1993, the now rapidly growing fields of “cognitive neurotherapeutics” and “neuroeducation” did not exist, nor did the concept of using neuroplasticity-based training to improve “brain fitness”. The methods we developed, and subsequently were the basis of over 50 patents, were the first to use video gaming technologies with the explicit goal of improving human performance.

Research on Language Development and Disorders

The most basic unit of any language is the phoneme, the smallest unit of sound that can change the meaning of a word. For alphabetic languages, in order to learn how to read and become a proficient reader the child must become aware that words can be segmented into smaller units of sound (phonemes) and it is these sounds that the letters represent. This is referred to as phonological awareness. Phonemes are the basic building blocks for spoken language, as well as for alphabetic written languages.

Research on Neuroplasticity-Based Training

Neurophysiologists have mapped the features of the sensory world at the single cell level. This research has shown that within each sensory modality the features that represent the physical world come to be mapped at the cellular level in a highly organized fashion.

The Birth of Fast ForWord®: Translating Theory into Practice

Considering the amount of speech directed to the infant, it is easy to understand how important speech is in shaping the auditory cortex during critical periods of human development.

Designing Neuroplasticity-Based Training Games

For our first study we designed and developed a series of verbal training exercises ranging from speech discrimination to grammatical comprehension, disguised as “games”. Some of these games were implemented on computers, while trained professionals using tape-recorded stimuli presented others.

The First Laboratory Studies: Rutgers Summer Camps 1994–1995

Our initial laboratory studies were conducted with children who each met the criteria for language learning impairment (LLI). Two groups matched on age, IQ and language skills were quasi-randomly assigned to receive the same language intervention program.

Scaling Up: The “Neurotherapeutic Revolution”

  • Fast ForWord® Language v1
  • First Multi-site Clinical Field Trial (1996–1997)
It is one thing to obtain results in well-controlled studies in a research laboratory under the direct supervision of skilled research scientists. It is quite another to demonstrate that efficacy can be achieve in “real-world” clinics and classrooms where children most commonly receive intervention. Soon after founding Scientific Learning Corporation (SLC) our first goal was to convert the games used in our laboratory studies into a fully computerized training program (Fast ForWord® Language v1), and then to conduct large-scale field trials in clinical and educational settings to assess its “real-world” efficacy.

Independent Agency Evaluations of Fast ForWord®

Studies on the effectiveness of educational and/or clinical interventions are inherently difficult, in part because of the many skill sets and multidisciplinary collaborations required to conduct these studies in “real- world” clinics and school settings. Before introducing a new method, curriculum or product, schools have to answer a practical question: does the new approach leads to better outcomes for their students than whatever intervention strategies they currently have in place? In translating research from the laboratory to classrooms, we have found that most school administrators and curriculum directors are only willing to make important decisions for their school after they have conducted their own, internal, independent study.

Cognitive Neurotherapeutics: The Challenges of Translation

The biggest challenge we have faced along our journey to translate our laboratory research into real world settings has been negotiating the torturous path between the world of our scientific colleagues, as compared to the very different world of K-12 educators and clinicians who make the decisions about whether our products will be offered to the children who could benefit from them. Nowhere have these different worlds collided more directly than when it comes to assessing and reporting the efficacy of Fast ForWord® products.

To Learn more about The Birth of Neuroplasticity Interventions. Download the PDF Article (there is a publishers charge)  Click here

Webinar: Leading with the Brain in Mind: Focus on Cognitive Capacity

Introduction:

The webinar is a mix of research and practical information that you can use in the classroom.
You should learn:

(1) The one cognitive tool that when tested at age 5 has a greater impact on student achievement than even IQ.
(2) Learn where to invest your time and money for your staff and students to achieve their goals.
(3) Learn how to upgrade the human brain and see some daily miracles.

What is Cognitive Capacity?

  • This is the sum of your concurrent mental actions that learn, process, understand, judge, recall, evaluate, calculate, reason, solve problems, reflect and make decisions.
  • Greater cognitive capacity is correlated with enhanced student learning and achievement

INDEX:

WEBINAR – Key Topics –

1:28        What is Leadership?

5:20       What are Leadership Effects?

6.06       What is Cognitive Capacity?

10.12     Leadership Tools that Support Greater Cognitive Capacity

11.56     One BIG Thing is System Collaborative Driver

16.44     2nd BIG Thing is Clear paths

42:12     3rd BIG Thing is Support

45:30     Question and Answers

HIGHLIGHTS

What is leadership?

  • Leadership has a higher vision. It fosters action as an energized, “no credit” effort that builds timeless capacity to manifest the vision.
  • Leadership Sees Farther than those with Only “Boots on the Ground”

What is the importance of Effect sizes in leadership? Leaders make a difference.

  • Leaders are explicit with teachers and students about what success looks like
  • Leaders get staff working together to know and evaluate their impact
  • Leaders who believe their major role is to evaluate their impact
  • They Foster environments that privileges high impact teaching and learning

What is Cognitive Capacity?

  • This is the sum of your concurrent mental actions that learn, process, understand, judge, recall, evaluate, calculate, reason, solve problems, reflect and make decisions.
  • Greater cognitive capacity is correlated with enhanced student learning and achievement.

Leadership Tools that Support Greater Cognitive Capacity

  • WHY (without it, we all slow or stop)
  • PATH (clarity is power)
  • SUPPORT (people, time & opportunity
  1. Begin with one thing. You want that which will bring everyone in your school together. All leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, teachers and tutors MUST articulate clear reasons for WHY the task should be performed…and do this often.
  2. Ensure that every student can see and believe in a clear path for each to succeed. All leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, teachers and tutors must design, construct and articulate a CLEAR PATH for how the student can succeed at school.
  3. All leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, teachers and tutors must provide the core SUPPORT to ensure the student succeeds (resources, time, people, opportunity, encouragement, etc.)

About the Speaker 

Dr Eric Jensen is a leader in brain based learning and author of several best selling books. Including “Poor students, Rich learning

Overview

Title: Leading with the Brain in Mind: Focus on Cognitive Capacity

Originally broadcast Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Duration: 1 hour

5 Things Every Educator Should Know About Cognitive Capacity

1. Neuroplasticity (change) is an Intrinsic Property of the Brain

Is it true that ALL students can learn and get better? Isn’t that a massive, sweeping generalization?

Yes, it is a generalization, and yes, it is true. The human brain is genetically designed to respond to environmental input. That’s how you survive every day. And, that capacity is called neuroplasticity. The human brain is dynamic, not fixed. The brain is making new connections, adding new neurons, pruning away cells, changing its chemistry and even re-organizing itself every single day! That capacity is hard-wired. ALL students can learn.

2. Your Brain Follows Internal Rules for What and How to Learn

The brain does not get smarter through ALL types of input. Our brain gets exposed to millions of bits of sensory data every day. The sounds, images, touch and smell add up to a LOT of data.

Since there likely is some sort of limitation on storage, our brain cannot, biologically, afford to store everything. You would run out of space on your brain’s “hard drive.” So, to solve that problem, your brain has an internal “set of rules” that guide what is important, worth learning and saving.

3. The School Brain Needs Deliberate Practice.

The other kind learning that consistently boosts test scores (and is priceless later in life) is called mastery learning. To be a strong learner in school, you need to know more than the alphabet; you must know how to MASTER the alphabet by learning to make words, sentences, persuasive arguments and stories. You learn the definitions, learn to read and even to debate a new topic.

The skill is called deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is purposeful and focused with a clear goal.

Let’s say your goal is to improve your student’s reading scores. That’s a poor goal unless you become more specific.

4.  Most Teachers Don’t Do Deliberate Practice

In short, the practice of building content into their teaching and using a deliberate practice “protocol” is unlikely.

How many teachers on your staff consistently use deliberate practice? In short, if your staff is not using what works precisely for complex, in-depth learning, the only choice you have (aside from giving up on your students) is to automate the process.

5.  For Many, the Best Choice is Technology

But what if you wanted a program that was research-based, relevant and had a high probability of succeeding with your students in reading?

One reading program that I have shared with my live audiences and in my books for over 15 years is FastForward®