Bestselling author John Medina will kick off a day of presentations about learning when he delivers the keynote address for “Teaching Mindfully: The Role the Brain Plays in Learning,” a conference cosponsored by the University of Portland School of Education, Jesuit High School, and the Manresa Center for Professional Development, on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Jesuit High School (9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Portland).
Medina, who wrote the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, will present “Brain Rules for the Classroom,” where he explores questions about what really goes on inside students’ and teachers’ heads, how students and teachers learn, and whether current brain research be used to inform practice in the classroom. Medina’s observations and insights are meant to help create a deeper, more successful classroom experience for all students.
Additional breakout sessions include “Visual Thinking: A Neuroeducation Application,” by University of Portland’s Ellyn Arwood; “Mindfulness on the Field and in the Classroom” by Brian Baxter of the Sports Psychology Institute Northwest, and experts from OHSU Brain Institute, HelpADD, and more. Optional Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) approved graduate credit is available through the University of Portland for this event.
Please register online at www.jesuitportland.org/manresa as soon as possible, as space is limited. Conference attendance is $100; UP alumni receive a 50 percent discount; parents of Jesuit High School students can register for the Medina keynote speech from 9-10:30 a.m. for $50. For more information contact the Manresa Center at 503-292-2663.