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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Online Monthly Educational Book Studies

June 2023 - Social-Emotional Learning and the Brain

PD Hours: 9Jill Sorensen-Davis

Today's teachers face a daunting challenge: how to ensure a positive school experience for their students, many of whom carry the burden of adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, poverty, divorce, abandonment, and numerous other serious social issues. Spurred by her personal experience and extensive exploration of brain-based learning, author Marilee Sprenger explains how brain science—what we know about how the brain works—can be applied to social-emotional learning. Specifically, she addresses how to:

  • Build strong, caring relationships with students to give them a sense of belonging.
  • Teach and model empathy, so students feel understood and can better understand others.
  • Awaken students' self-awareness, including the ability to name their own emotions, have accurate self-perceptions, and display self-confidence and self-efficacy.
  • Help students manage their behavior through impulse control, stress management, and other positive skills.
  • Improve students' social awareness and interaction with others.
  • Teach students how to handle relationships, including with people whose backgrounds differ from their own.
  • Guide students in making responsible decisions.

Offering clear, easy-to-understand explanations of brain activity and dozens of specific strategies for all grade levels, Social-Emotional Learning and the Brain is an essential guide to creating supportive classroom environments and improving outcomes for all our students.

Length: 219 Pages


July 2023 - Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

PD Hours: 8Jill Sorensen-Davis

A bold, brain based teaching approach to culturally responsive instruction To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implementation―until now. In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain compatible culturally responsive instruction. The book includes:

  • Information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships
  • Ten "key moves" to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners
  • Prompts for action and valuable self reflection Length:

192 pages

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