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Lessons from the Learning and the Brain Conference

learning and the brainLast week, Jason and I spent three days at the Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco. We attended for several reasons: to learn more about emerging neuroscience research, to determine the extent to which new “brain-learning aligned” practices have been identified, to see how our own practices aligned with this emerging information, and to determine how we must continue to learn and grow so that we can live into our mission to help children build the skills they will need to be successful and fulfilled human beings. 

Over the next several weeks, we will continue to process what we learned, and to follow up on the threads of learning that we identified as important to our work as out-of-school-time educators. I was pleased to discover that my undergraduate alma mater, UC Berkeley, has created the Greater Good Science Center to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and determine how to best teach skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. 

Thanks to my colleague, Laurie Rinke, who attended the conference with us and found this resource on the Greater Good website. I offer it as a first installment of the many things we will share over the coming months to keep you up to date with the science of learning, life skills development and strenthening, and fulfillment.


Below is a brief exerpt from this fascinating article:

Good coaches get results, respect, and awards—just ask the three managers recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But what makes a coach or mentor good?

One school of thought says they should hold their mentees to specific performance benchmarks and help them reach those benchmarks by targeting their personal weaknesses.

But new research suggests a different tack—namely, to nurture a mentee’s strengths, aspirations for the future, and goals for personal growth. Indeed, studies suggestthat this positive approach is more effective at helping people learn and change; for instance, it helps train business school students to be better managers, and it is more effective at getting patients to comply with doctors’ orders.

To read this entire article please click here.


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