Quick heads-up: I’ll be delivering two keynote talks next week, one to senior HR executives, one to digital health pioneers. Since the first chapter of our new book is titled “START WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND,” we’re glad to see the growing interest in applied brain & cognitive science from a variety of perspectives! [Read more…] about Upcoming keynotes on boosting innovation & resilience; digital brain health
Heads up: these are some of my upcoming talks, starting tomorrow with a brief insight blast on Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind at the World Economic Forum on Latin America. If you’re a SharpBrains friend and speaking at/ attending any, please let me know so we can connect.
- April 23–25, Lima, Peru: Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind, at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013
- May 1–2, San Francisco: Think, Think, Think: Cognitive Gaming Platforms, at Neurogaming
- May 15–16, Toronto: The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13
- May 20, Washington, DC: Innovating for the 50+, at Aging 2.0
- June 12, Victoria, BC, Canada: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Innovation and Resilience, at the Conference Board of Canada’s Annual Council of Human Resource Executives
Joanne Jacobs, educator, blogger and author of Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds, participates today in our Author Speaks Series with an excellent article on how “Schools wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t improve until administrators and teachers can admit the problems, analyze whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going wrong and try new strategies. Students wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t improve if they think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Ã¢â‚¬Å“specialÃ¢â‚¬Â just the way they are.” Enjoy, and feel free to add your comment to engage in a stimulating conversation.
When self-esteem became an education watchword in 1986, I thought it was a harmless fad. I was wrong: It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t harmless. Many teachers were persuaded that students should be pumped up with praise, regardless of their performance. Schools lowered expectations so students couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fail. Everyone got an Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Am SpecialÃ¢â‚¬Â sticker. Till the standards and accountability movement kicked in, students often were judged by how they felt about learning not by whether theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d actually learned something.
We are very excited to announce a workshop hosted jointly by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) at University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University and SharpBrains (us!). We are offering a three-day workshop for educators and brain fitness practitioners seeking instructional certification in the SharpBrains course, Exercising Our Brains.
“SharpBrains has introduced the first science-based brain fitness center with information and programs to help people of all ages exercise their brains. They have offered the popular Exercising Our Brains course at SF State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) since October 2005.”
Are you seeing all the articles about Brain Fitness in the popular press and wondering,“What is this all about?, “Can someone help me navigate through all the programs out there? “How is Brain Fitness relevant to me in my personal life or at work?. As the leading source of information and education on Brain Fitness, we have delivered a series of customized training sessions to companies and organizations that combine modules ‑including scientific overview, the industry trends and key players, fun team-building exercises- that can be tailored to your organization’s specific needs. Sessions last from 1 to 6 hours, depending on your group’s composition and agenda and are delivered either in person or via web conference. If you want more information on SharpBrains workshops for your institution click on Workshops.
Who should attend:
Educators and practitioners who are seeking to teach the course Exercising Our Brains. Ideal candidates are: educators who are working in the area of psychology, health, and wellness, and who are ideally already affiliated with learning centers eager to offer a brain fitness class.