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NYSAIS Brain Conference, 2018

Date: Wednesday - March 14, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Wed. March 14 - Fri. March 16, 2018
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, NY
Phone 845-255-1000
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Speakers: Dave Mochel & Alexx Temena

The 2018 NYSAIS Brain Conference
(for all educators - all grades, all subjects)

Self-regulation is the ability to focus attention and energy on goals, values, commitments and relationships in the face of internal and external distractions and demands. We know that this skill impacts our ability to learn, to perform, to build relationships, and to live a meaningful life. Using research from neuroscience and psychology, we will explore the reasons that self-regulation can be so challenging and the practices that build this crucial skill. Participants will come away with concrete strategies for helping students focus their attention, accept challenge and discomfort as part of learning, work effectively with stress and anxiety, and form healthy relationships. 

Mohonk Floor Plan

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All meals in Main Dining Room. 

Wednesday

4:00 PM
Lake Lounge

Registration and Tea

4:30 - 6:15

Parlor

 

Session 1 – What is Self-Regulation and Why is it So Darn Important?

The world is changing rapidly. The presence of technology and social media places ever-increasing demands on students’ attention. Access to abundant information changes the skills students need to be successful. Stress, anxiety, and depression are on the rise. How do we give kids the skills to deal with a world we cannot predict or control? We will look at the research related to the self-regulation of attention, emotion, and behavior. We will also investigate how schools confuse skill and motivation and why this distinction is critical to student success.

6:15 - 6:45
Parlor

Grade Level Groups

6:45

Cocktails in Lake Lounge

7:45

Dinner in Main Dining Room

Thursday

8:00 - 8:45

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15

Session 2 - Concurrent Workshops - Choose one

Parlor

 

Session 2M – Dave Mochel
Emotional Self-Regulation – Feeling, Thinking, and Learning

Despite the fact that we often treat them as obstacles or ancillary aspects of education, brain research tells us that emotions are fundamental to thinking and learning. The ability to understand and work effectively with emotions is one of the keys to choosing effective behavior. Anxiety and stress can be a significant drain on attention as well as cognitive and executive function. We can leverage this understanding to make our classrooms and our instruction more supportive and effective. We will discuss specific strategies for cultivating positive emotional states and working peacefully and powerfully with challenging emotional states. 

Sunset

 

Session 2T – Alexx Temena
Mindfulness: The Myths, Realities, and The Practice

What is mindfulness? There are many promises and myths in the popular media about this simple practice. What does the research actually say? How can we integrate this our classrooms, advisories, and/or teams to enhance learning and growth? You will leave this session with helpful language and specific tools for helping students become more skillful in their use of attention.

Mountain View

Session 2S - Jennifer Shirazi (Berkeley Carroll School) and Kristen Pedersen (Town School)
Supporting Those Who Support Others: A collaborative workshop for learning specialists to learn from each other 

Learning Specialists play an important role in many of our schools, yet there is little consistency for what that role is. In this collaborative workshop we will share our models of support, tools for assessment and discuss our involvement within our various school communities. Through our conversations we will share successes, examine challenges, develop goals for improving the work we do, and work together to support each other as we do our best to support others.

10:15 - 10:30

Break

10:30 - 11:45

Session 3 - Concurrent Workshops - Choose 1

Parlor

 

Session 3M – Dave Mochel
Giving and Receiving Feedback: Why It Really Matters

One of the most important factors in the teaching and learning process is getting feedback about the effectiveness of effort and strategies. This goes both ways – from teacher to student and from student to teacher. In fact, a powerful way to improve student engagement is to invite their authentic feedback about the classroom experience. We will look at what the brain research tells us about the type and timing of feedback that maximizes the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Sunset

Session 3T – Alexx Temena
Mindfulness: The Myths, Realities, and The Practice

What is mindfulness? There are many promises and myths in the popular media about this simple practice. What does the research actually say? How can we integrate this our classrooms, advisories, and/or teams to enhance learning and growth? You will leave this session with helpful language and specific tools for helping students become more skillful in their use of attention.

Mountain View

Session 3S - Jennifer Shirazi (Berkeley Carroll School) and Kristen Pedersen (Town School)
Supporting Those Who Support Others: A collaborative workshop for learning specialists to learn from each other 

Learning Specialists play an important role in many of our schools, yet there is little consistency for what that role is. In this collaborative workshop we will share our models of support, tools for assessment and discuss our involvement within our various school communities. Through our conversations we will share successes, examine challenges, develop goals for improving the work we do, and work together to support each other as we do our best to support others.

11:45 - 12:30
Parlor

Grade Level Groups

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch

1:30 - 2:15

Session 4 - Concurrent Workshops - Choose 1

Conference House

Azalea/Lilac

Session 4M – Dave Mochel
Attention – The Foundation of Learning

Attention is a limited resource – the skillful use of this resource is foundational to learning and to living well. How we pay attention affects how we think, how we feel, what we remember, and even our physical health. In schools we assume our kids know how to pay attention, but we rarely teach them how. We will look at the myths and misunderstandings about the human attentional system. We will discuss specific ways to help kids focus as well as the unintentional things we do that make focusing more difficult for them.

Conference House

Rose/Dogwood

 

Session 4T – Alexx Temena
Meaning and Purpose – How do we help students find it?

What would your students say is most important to them? One of the keys to self-regulation is having a focus – something to bring your attention back to when it inevitably wanders. When human beings accept that they are exercising their freedom to choose a response to life, they have a greater sense of autonomy and authentic confidence. This allows them to take healthy risks and rebound after setback. This session will identify specific strategies for helping students gain the clarity needed to take greater responsibility for their decisions and actions. 

2:15 - 2:30

Break

2:30 - 3:15 Session 5 - Concurrent Workshops - Choose 1

Conference House

Azalea/Lilac

Session 5M – Dave Mochel
Learning and Memory: How Do We Use What We Know

Working, short-term, long-term, storage, recall -- what do we really know about the role of memory in learning? We do know that much of what we used to think about memory has changed significantly in the last half century. We will look at some fascinating research that has direct application in the classroom. We will examine the importance of creativity, social interaction, emotions, and struggle in creating lasting memories that create a foundation for future learning.     

Conference House

Rose/Dogwood

 

 

Session 5T – Alexx Temena
Meaning and Purpose – How do we help students find it?

What would your students say is most important to them? One of the keys to self-regulation is having a focus – something to bring your attention back to when it inevitably wanders. When human beings accept that they are exercising their freedom to choose a response to life, they have a greater sense of autonomy and authentic confidence. This allows them to take healthy risks and rebound after setback. This session will identify specific strategies for helping students gain the clarity needed to take greater responsibility for their decisions and actions. 

3:15 - 5:00
4:00

Free time
Tea in Lake Lounge

5:00 - 6:30
Conference House

Unconference

You set the agenda for a selection of presentations, discussions and conversations about topics and dilemmas most important to you.
Facilitated by Barbara Swanson, NYSAIS

6:30

Cocktails in Lake Lounge

7:30

Dinner

Friday

8:00 - 8:45

Breakfast

9:00 - 11:30 AM

Parlor

 

Session 6M – Dave Mochel
Behavioral Self-regulation: Impulsivity, Procrastination, and Other Fantastic Beasts

Why do human beings engage in behavior that does not work and avoid behavior that we know would be more effective? We will take a fascinating look at the way our evolutionary biology affects the choices our students (as well as their teachers) make everyday. We will also look at the incredible human capacity to make choices that are aligned with goals, values, commitments, and relationships – even when we don’t feel like it. We will identify specific strategies for helping students discover what they are actually capable of.    

12:00

Lunch



Dave Mochel taught human development and neuroscience for over twenty years in independent schools before founding Applied Attention Coaching and Consulting. He now works with individuals and organizations all over the world to give them the tools they need to live and work peacefully, positively, and purposefully. His work with schools focuses on supporting adults to create healthy cultures and educational experiences where students can thrive and develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Dave has degrees in biology and geology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and he has completed a clinical internship in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. 

 

Alexx Temena graduated from Brown University with degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Contemplative Psychology. She has worked with top scientific researchers at Brown and Harvard to study happiness, wellbeing, and the benefits of mindfulness practices on the brain and body. While studying in India, she conducted anthropological research on social and emotional wellbeing at a residential school for Tibetan refugees. This project won her an international research award from the Forum on Education Abroad. Alexx travels the world teaching people how to live a fulfilled life through the lenses of neuroscience, psychology, education and mindfulness. She mentors youth because her mentors have been fundamental to her success and growth. She met her greatest mentors in her most challenging moments of anxiety and when she felt like she wasn't enough when she first entered elite educational institutions as a woman of color. 


Registration is a 2-step process. Be sure to do both.

1. Reserve your room with Mohonk by doing one of the following

or

  • Click here to download the Mohonk Residential Reservation Form (room and board)

or

  • Click here if you will be a day guest at Mohonk (meals only)

or

  • Reserve by phone: 800-772-6646
  • Need car service? Please give the Mohonk 24 hours notice, or call a local taxi.

2. Registration and Credit Card Payment*

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

    •    NYSAIS Members - $420.00

    •    Non-members - $455.00

Early Discount of $50.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.

Late fee of $20.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.


Registration is by credit card only.

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