Roanoke College

MSCI 2015


The Copenhaver Institute 

MSCI 2015

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind

June 22-24, 2015

Keynote Speakers: 

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