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