The Copenhaver Institute
Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
June 22-24, 2015
|John Almarode, Ph. D.
Dr. Almarode, a former high school math and science teacher in Virginia Public Schools, is currently an assistant professor of education at James Madison University. There he works with pre-service and in-service teachers, pursuing his research in educational neuroscience, the design and measurement of classroom environments, and STEM disciplines.
|Eric Jensen, Ph. D.
Dr. Jensen was a middle school English teacher in San Diego, CA and is currently a trainer and consultant for brain-based learning. Eric has authored over 30 books, one of his most recent being Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement.
Dr. Jensen and Dr. Almarode are recognized authorities in brain-compatible learning, including the impact of poverty on schooling.
Building on the work of Drs. Jensen and Almarode, MSCI will focus on:
- Poverty's impact on learning
- Student engagement
- Evidence-based practices
- Classroom environments that promote learning
- Neuroscience and instructional design
- Effective instruction that promotes students' understanding, interest, and excellence
- Instructional leadership skills and dispositions
- Differentiated instruction
- Scaffolds to help students organize information in meaningful ways
- Instructional and management practices that recognize and address students' academic and socio-economic needs
- Learning arrangements that balance group and individual needs
Comments from Participants
"After 30 years of conferences, conventions, workshops and post-graduate studies, I finally found a 3-day that met my need, kept me focused and wanting to attend again."
"Highly trained, motivated, impassioned keynote speakers/educators that "shepherd" others through the ongoing growth process of becoming exceptional educators with each child's success in mind."
"Where else could we be treated so well but at Roanoke?!"
"I had a wonderful time meeting and interacting with teachers from all over the state. It gave me the opportunity to network and share joys/concerns with my fellow teachers."
"It's a wonderful professional development opportunity that provides restoration, revitalization and renewal. Thank you!"
"Loved it! I reconnected with people I'd met in other places and I made new friends."
"I really appreciate the space the keynote speakers created in my thinking about teaching and learning. I have been frustrated of late with students and their interest in learning - and now I have a new approach (well, several, actually!). The Institute is invaluable."
"Providing teachers with opportunities to feel important and encourage each other and giving time to relax and enjoy...."
"Teachers are valued. Fellowship of other teachers was nice because we generally don't have time to spend with each other due to work environment."
"Wiggins has me rethinking my goals and priorities and how I can look at my curriculum. I used to think that way and then I "fell" into the march to death of SOLs. I needed the wake-up call!"
"Wow! Awesome! Thanks!"