Occasionally I will write a series of posts related to Professional Development. As with the Brain 101, links to any given collection will be posted here to make it easy to follow the entire series, with the most recent series appearing at the top of the page.

My own professional development has been enhanced over the years by attending the Learning & the Brain conference, as well as other conferences about the brain. To see the many posts that emerged from my attendance, click Learning & the Brain to be taken to the tag cloud (also accessible on the right of the Home page of this blog). I have also taken several drawing classes, Flash classes, and participated in a Lincoln Center arts workshop. Posts about these experiences can be accessed via the tag cloud of drawing. And of course, you can always visit the tag cloud to see all posts related to Professional Development.

Opening Faculty Meetings ~ September 2009  Embracing Diversity in Learning and Teaching
First Day – introduction to the movie
Second Day – introduction to the simulations
Second Day – the simulations
Second Day – the workshops
Months later – follow-up

CAIS Academic Tech Retreat, April 23, 2009 – references/resources, slides
AIMS Tech Retreat, April 26-28, 2009 – slides

Adult Learning and Professional Development
Interactive, activity-rich presentation on Adult Learning – see CAIS Presentation above
Adult Learning; Professional Development
Afterwards (reflections on my own learning)
Professional Development – a working definition
Professional Development – a working definition from 2005
Adult Learning – what does it take?
How/Why do people learn?

August 10, 2010 – reflection on David Warlick’s Ok, No More Staff Development

Some of My Professional Development Ideas
Digital Natives, Diverse Learners Professional Develoment Day, April 2008 Proposal; Curriculum Council Pitch; Resources
Digital Wave & Faculty-to-Faculty – two professional development formats in place at my school
Creativity, A Year-Long Professional Development Theme
Keep the Ball RollingDepartmental Technology Mentors

Opening Faculty Meetings ~ August 2007
Closings and Openings
Sign In
Tell Me A Story
I Know You
An Elephant Never Forgets
Short End of the Memory Stick
Tickle! Focus?
the name of the game is Concentration
Similarities & Differences
Pay Attention!
The Short and The Long of It
Reflections at 54
Closure with a smile 🙂


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  3. synapsesensations Post author

    Hi Minnie,
    Nice to hear from you! You have already contacted the “experts” in the field of evaluating brain fitness programs, Alvaro and Pascale. I do speak at conferences, but they tend to be conferences for teachers and my topics usually revolve around the brain as it relates to teaching/learning, professional development, and/or technology (as I am a computer teacher).

    You might be able to find a speaker by contacting some of the following organizations, which specialize in brain fitness programs. I do not have much experience with any of these companies, and am aware of them either due to comments made on my blog by people who work for these companies, by Internet surfing, or from references on the SharpBrains site.

    Eaton Brain Improvement Centre: http://eatonbrainimprovement.com/
    Mind Sparke – Brain Fitness Pro: http://mindsparkebrainfitnesspro.com/
    Lumosity – http://www.lumosity.com/

    In fact, rather than copy/paste links, here is the link to my recent post on brain fitness programs that includes the above plus many additional links.

    Good luck with your conference!


  4. Minnie Davis

    Hello Laurie,

    I am from Manitoba, Canada and looking for speakers on Brain Fitness research and programs for 2 conferences, one for seniors and the other for adult educators.

    Do you speak at conferences or would you have a list of contact info for speakers that you would recommend?

    I have communicated with Alvaro of the Sharp Brains website re he and Dr. Pascale Michelon. I also have contact with Posit Science. Do you know of others who might be interested in speaking?

    Any leads you might be able to give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Minnie Davis

    Midland Adult Education Centre
    Carman, Manitoba

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