Understanding the Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning, May Workshop at GCC

Greenfield Community College

Understanding the Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning: Current Knowledge and Strategies for Success

The program will be held on May 22nd , 23rd , and 24th and will  be   facilitated by staff from the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training and will be held here on the GCC campus.  The Institute will include an overview of learning disabilities on the during first day, a  shorter day.  The second day, a full day,  will focus on the neuroscience of teaching and learning.     And, the third and final day will have two tracks for  faculty and staff to chose from to provide participants the opportunity to apply practical strategies appropriate for their discipline or pedagogy.  One track will focus on teaching STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The other track will focus on supporting academic reading and writing.   Participants will be invited to meet with colleagues the following week and again in the fall  to share strategies they have developed.

Participants will  be expected to participate in all three days (see schedule below) as well as spend some out of workshop time on implementing strategies for courses you plan to teach in the Fall or methods you plan to employ in working with students.  A stipend of $250 will be given and lunch will be provided each day, as well as a light  breakfast on Day 2 and Day 3.

The schedule  for the 3 days, May 22, 23 24,  follows. A full description of the workshops is attached.

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 22nd 11:00 – 4:30   Overview of Learning Disabilities

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 23rd, 9:00 – 4:00  Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning

DAY 3: Thursday, May 24th 9:00 – 4:00 (Choose a Track)

  • Teaching STEM: What works and what doesn’t
  • Supporting Academic Reading and Writing

Space is limited to 30 participants from GCC and 5 colleagues from other Western Massachusetts  community colleges.    If you are interested in participating , please send an email message to me,  indicating the  course(s) you will be teaching that  you will focus on or how you think you might  incorporate this content into your work with students.  Please contact me no later than May 4th to confirm your interest in participating .  As space is limited we want to ensure representation from a variety of academic disciplines and student support programs and services and  so will take this into account when confirming your participation  in the program.