LEARNING & THE BRAIN 44: The Science of Imagination (LB44)

Organization: Learning & the Brain Foundation

Venue: Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Location: Orlando, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 07, 2016 / 1:30 pm - (EST) End Date/Time: Apr 09, 2016 / 3:30 pm - (EST)
Registration Date: Mar 31, 2016 Time: 23:59:00 - (EST)
Early Registration Date: Feb 10, 2016 Time: 23:59:00 - (EST)
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Description

In an age of standardized testing, the most important elements for learning have been overlooked or discarded: the desire and passion to learn in the first place through children’s imagination, curiosity and creativity. Researchers in cognitive neuroscience and psychology have shown that imagination, play, creativity and curiosity are essential for learning. Some researchers have also found that reading imaginative fiction, such as the Harry Potter series, can improve reading, empathy and creativity. Discover the importance of curiosity, creativity, fantasy fiction, pretend play and the passion for learning, ways to develop these skills in students, and how to transform and re-imagine our schools and colleges for the 21st Century.

Explore the latest research on:

  • The Importance of Imagination
  • Cultivating Creativity in Classrooms
  • Putting Curiosity Back in Our Schools
  • Promoting Imaginative, Pretend Play
  • Psychology of Harry Potter and Heroes
  • Fostering Discovery and Exploration
  • Pursuing a Passion for Learning
  • Brains, Arts and Aesthetics
  • Creating Curiosity and Collaboration
  • Transforming and Redesigning Schools
  • Benefits of Imagination on Self-Control
  • Creating Makers, Designers and Innovators
  • Self-Motivation and Personalized Learning
  • Engaging Kids in Math, Science and STEM
  • Magical Beliefs and Child Development
  • Ways to Improve Reading with Fiction

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The science of childhood imagination
  • Ways to integrate creativity and the arts in classrooms
  • Teaching strategies to foster imagination and exploration
  • Incorporating making, designing and personalized learning
  • Applying brain research to enhance creativity and curiosity
  • Benefits of reading imaginative fiction on reading and empathy
  • Connecting curiosity, creativity, emotions and executive skills
  • Promoting passion and imaginative, pretend play in learning
  • Development of magical beliefs and thinking in childhood
  • Re-imagining and re-designing schools for the 21st Century
  • Ways to engage math, science and STEM learning

CO-SPONSORS

  • Imagination Institute
  • School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mind, Brain & Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Comer School Development Program, Yale University School of Medicine
  • The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, The Dana Foundation
  • The Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Center for Childhood Creativity
  • LEARNING& the BRAIN® Foundation

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Educators and Parents
  • Curriculum and Staff Developers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • K-12 Teachers and Administrators
  • Preschool Teachers and Administrators
  • Learning Specialists and Special Educators
  • Psychologists, Clinicians and Social Workers
  • Reading, Language, Math and Science Educators
  • Art, Drama, Literature and Writing Teachers
  • Superintendents, Principals and School Heads
  • Technology and 21st Century Skills Leaders
  • School, College and Career Counselors
  • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • College and University Professors

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers 50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, was a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. The 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life was published in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s educational system.

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Cognitive Scientist; Scientific Director, The Imagination Institute, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania; Creator of the Psychology Podcast; Blogger, “Beautiful Minds” at Psychology Today; Associate Editor, The International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving; Author, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2013); Co-Author, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (2015), The Philosophy of Creativity (2014) and Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talents or Practice (2013)

Susan L. Engel, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology; Founding Director, Program in Teaching, Williams College; Author, The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood (2015), Your Child’s Path: Unlocking the Mysteries of Who Your Child Will Become (2013), “Is Curiosity Vanishing" (2009, Journal of Child Psychiatry) and “Harry's Curiosity” (2007, Psychology of Harry Potter)

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, Professor of Psychology; Senior Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University; Author, The Power of Negative Emotions (2015) and Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2010); Co-Author, “How are Curious People Viewed and How Do They Behave in Social Situations?” (2013, Journal of Personality)

Helen Hadani, PhD, Developmental Psychologist; Head of Research, Center for Childhood Creativity; Former Instructor, University of California, Davis and San Francisco State University; Former Product Developer for Hasbro, Apple, Leapfrog

Angela Maiers, MA, Educator; Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter, Inc.; President, Maiers Educational Services; Author, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Learning Habits and Attitudes in the 21st Century Classroom (2012, Revised Edition); Co-Author, The Passion Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (2010) 

Venue

Organizations

Learning & the Brain Foundation
35 Highland Circle
Needham
Massachusetts
02494
United States

Conference Speakers

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers 50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, was a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. The 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life was published in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s educational system.

John T. Almarode, PhD, Department Head and Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities, College of Education, James Madison University; Co-Author, Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of the Common Core (2014), Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math (2013) and Dylan Discovers His Brain (2010)

Catherine L. Belcher, PhD, Head of Secondary School, Larchmont Charter School; Member, Board of Directors, Ignite Dance Workshop; Co-Author, Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms (2013)

Richard M. Cash, EdD, International Speaker and Educator; Co-Director, Lakeshore Players Children’s Theater Company; Former Director of Gifted Programs; Author, Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century (2010); Co-Author, Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (2013)

Emanuele Castano, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, New School for Social Research, whose work on the impact of reading literary fiction on mentalization, published in Science in 2013, received worldwide media attention and ignited a debate on the role of humanities in our society; Co-Author, “Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind” (2013, Science)

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN, Director, ChatLab, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Eliot Professor and Chief of Neurology, Department of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Author, The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art (2015) and “Where There Be Dragons: Finding the Edges of Neuroaesthetics” (2011, Aesthetics)

Bonnie L. Cramond, PhD, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia; Director, Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development; Member, Board of Directors, National Association for Gifted Children; Author, “Discovering Creative Thinking Process Skills: A Win-Win for Children” (2015, Parenting for High Potential)

Susan L. Engel, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology; Founding Director, Program in Teaching, Williams College; Author, The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood (2015), Your Child’s Path: Unlocking the Mysteries of Who Your Child Will Become (2013), “Is Curiosity Vanishing" (2009, Journal of Child Psychiatry) and “Harry's Curiosity” (2007, Psychology of Harry Potter)

Ansley T. Gilpin, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama; Co-Author, “The Relationship Between Fantasy Orientation and Emotion Regulation” (2015, Journal of Early Education and Development), “Fantasy Orientation Constructs and Related Executive Function Development in Preschool” (2014, International Journal of Behavioral Development) and “Return of the Candy Witch: Individual Differences in Acceptance and Stability of Belief in a Novel Fantastical Being” (2009, British Journal of Developmental Psychology)

Matthias J. Gruber, PhD, Researcher, Dynamic Memory Lab, Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis; Co-Author, “States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit” (2014, Neuron)

Helen Hadani, PhD, Developmental Psychologist; Head of Research, Center for Childhood Creativity; Former Instructor, University of California, Davis and San Francisco State University; Former Product Developer for Hasbro, Apple, Leapfrog

Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD, Co-Founder/Director, Neuro-Education Initiative (NEI); Professor of Clinical Education, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University; Author, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools (2012); Co-Author, “The Effects of Arts Integration on Long-term Retention of Content” (2014, Mind, Brain and Education)

Paul L. Harris, DPhil, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Trusting What You’re Told: How Children Learn from Others (2015) and The Work of Imagination (2000); Co-Author, “Belief in Magic Predicts Children’s Selective Trust in Informants” (2014, Cognition and Development); Co-Editor, Imagining the Impossible (2000)

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology, College of Medicine, University of Florida; Author, “Visual Artistic Creativity and the Brain” (2013, Progress in Brain Research) and Creativity and the Brain (2005)

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, Professor of Psychology; Senior Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University; Author, The Power of Negative Emotions (2015) and Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2010); Co-Author, “How are Curious People Viewed and How Do They Behave in Social Situations?” (2013, Journal of Personality)

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Cognitive Scientist; Scientific Director, The Imagination Institute, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania; Creator of the Psychology Podcast; Blogger, “Beautiful Minds” at Psychology Today; Associate Editor, The International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving; Author, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2013); Co-Author, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (2015), The Philosophy of Creativity (2014) and Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talents or Practice (2013)

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Institute; Harriman Chair and Professor of Neuroscience Research, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Author, Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk (2015)

Jordan A. Litman, PhD, Visiting Research Scientist, Institute of Human and Machine Cognition; Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Maine at Machias; Co-Author, “Epistemic Curiosity and Self-Regulation” (2015, Personality and Individual Diff erences); Author, “Curiosity and the Pleasures of Learning” (2005, Cognition and Emotion)

Susan H. Magsamen, MAS, Director of Interdisciplinary Partnerships, Brain Science Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Co-Founder, Neuro-Education Initiative, Johns Hopkins University School of Education; Senior Vice President of Early Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Co-Founder/President of Advisory Board, Ultimate Block Party; Author, The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders (2010); Founder/CEO of Curiosityville, a personalized digital learning world for children ages 3-8 and their families

Angela Maiers, MA, Educator; Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter, Inc.; President, Maiers Educational Services; Author, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Learning Habits and Attitudes in the 21st Century Classroom (2012, Revised Edition); Co-Author, The Passion Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (2010)

George McCloskey, PhD, Professor and Director, School Psychology Research, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Lead Author, Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties (2009); Co-Author, Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment (2012)

Alan J. McCormack, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Science Education, San Diego State University, who incorporates Harry Potter and magic into science education; Past President, National Science Teachers Association

Katherine McKnight, PhD, MEd, Educator and Consultant; Author, Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies and the Humanities (2014); Co-Author, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning (2008)

Betsy J. McShea, PhD, Associate Professor of Developmental Mathematics; and Judith Vogel, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Stockton College of New Jersey; Co-Authors, “Harry Potter and the Magic of Mathematics” (2005, Mathematics Teaching in the Classroom)

Betty Ray, BA, Director of Programming and Innovation, Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, who teaches courses in creativity, design thinking and in the makerspace movement

Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Blogger, Psychology Today; Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology; Editor, The Psychology of Superheroes (2008); Author, “What Do Students Learn at Hogwarts Classes?” (2007, The Psychology of Harry Potter)

Karl S. Rosengren, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Author, “Magical Thinking” (2013, The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination) and “Discovering Magic” (2007, Psychology of Harry Potter)

Mark A. Runco, PhD, Cognitive Psychologist; E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity Studies, University of Georgia; Distinguished Research Fellow, American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology; Founder, Creativity Testing Services; Author, The New Science of Creativity (Forthcoming)

Sandra W. Russ, PhD, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University; Author, Pretend Play in Childhood (2014); Co-Author, “Pretend Play, Creativity and Emotion Regulation in Children” (2012, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts)

Alexander A. Schlegel, PhD, Sage Junior Fellow, Brain and Psychological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; Co-Author, “The Artist Emerges” (2014, Neuroimage) and “Network Structure and Dynamics of the Mental Workspace” (2013, PNAS)

Michael Schurr, MA, Co-Teacher and Leader of the Assistant Teacher Mentor Program, Riverdale Country School; Teacher’s Coach for the Teacher’s Guild; Creator, Designing Thinking for Educators Toolkit; and Charles Shryock IV, MA, Director of Faculty Development, Bishop McNamara High School; Teacher’s Coach for the Teacher’s Guild

Eric C. Sheninger, MEd, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education; Award-winning Principal at New Milford High School; Google Certified Teacher; Author, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids (2015) and Digital Leadership (2014)

Erik Shonstrom, MFA, Assistant Professor, Champlain College; Author, Wild Curiosity: How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering (2015) and “How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity?” (2014, Education Week)

Leila Wehbe, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley; Reading Researcher who scanned people reading the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to identify what different brain regions do when you read about action and characters; Co-Author, “Simultaneously Uncovering the Patterns of Brain Regions Involved in Different Story Reading Sub-processes” (2014, PLOS ONE)

Deena S. Weisberg, PhD, Senior Fellow, Department of Psychology; Director, Cognition and Development Lab, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania; Co-Author, “Shovel and Swords: How Realistic and Fantastical Themes Affect Word Learning” (2015, Cognitive Development) and “Making Play Work for Education” (2015, Phi Delta Kappa)

Additional Information

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT AVAILABLE!

GRADUATE CREDIT AVAILABLE.

STAY AT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL AND SAVE.

Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, the site of the Learning & the Brain conference. This hotel is a short walk from the Universal CityWalk and the entrance to both of Universal's Orlando theme parks. Universal CityWalk has restaurants, shopping and nightlife while Universal's theme parks are known for their rides and shows including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Call the DoubleTree to make reservations at 1 (800) 222-8733 and reference Learning & the Brain for a special rate of only $119 per night (plus taxes).

Conference rates are available until March 15, 2016 or until the room block fills.

Exhibits included

Organizations that would like to exhibit at an upcoming Learning & the Brain conference can rent 6' long tables in our exhibit hall area.

The cost is the following: - $1,500 for a table for a for-profit organization - $1,000 for a table for a non-profit organization

Table price includes one complimentary admission to the conference sessions.

A 10% discount is available for exhibiting at two conferences in a 12-month period and a 20% discount is available for exhibiting at three conferences in a 12-month period.

Please contact Kristin Dunay at 781-449-4010 x 104 for more information.