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Discover the latest ideas and science about cognition, character, neuroscience, new technologies — and how they might change the very concepts of teaching and learning in the 21st century.

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Discover the latest ideas and science about cognition, character, neuroscience, new technologies — and how they might change the very concepts of teaching and learning in the 21st century.

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    The “Big Bang” in Learning: Brain Changes and Childhood Learning

    The “Big Bang” in Learning: Brain Changes and Childhood Learning

    The big bang in human learning happens in childhood. The big bang has two components: (a) critical periods for learning certain material that are time sensitive, and (b) the social environment that provides “brain food” to build a brain. We’ll describe the essential components that make early childhood learning a big bang that no child should miss and society can’t ignore.
    Patricia K. Kuhl Andrew N. Meltzoff

    • 58 min
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    Ready to Learn: Ready to Teach

    Ready to Learn: Ready to Teach

    What will the Common Core mean to our nation’s struggling schools? It sets a high and necessary bar, but the challenge before us is to ensure that every teacher and child is fortified with the skills to hurdle it. How do we build a foundation so that all kids are ready to learn?
    Pamela Cantor Ross Wiener Jim Shelton

    • 1 hr 1 min
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    A Seismic Shift in Our Schools: College Prep, Career Readiness, and the Common Core Revolution

    A Seismic Shift in Our Schools: College Prep, Career Readiness, and the Common Core Revolution

    The world is changing and the American education system hasn’t kept pace. Experts from across the ideological spectrum agree that we must dramatically retool education in this country — but the question is how? Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have now agreed to a seismic shift in the teaching of language arts and math by embracing the Common Core State Standards. Join us for a special forum moderated by education philanthropist Lynda Resnick to hear from some of the nation’s leading experts in education and workforce development as they discuss the hard work of creating a paradigm shift in how we equip our children for a radically changing global economy.
    John E. Deasy Lynda Resnick Joel Klein Eric Cantor

    • 1 hr 4 min
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    The Rise and Fall of Curiosity

    The Rise and Fall of Curiosity

    Nearly all babies are curious — the urge to find out begins as a ubiquitous and extraordinarily powerful psychological characteristic. But by the time children are five years old, environmental influences (parents, teachers, other children, as well as the physical environment) have begun to whittle each child’s curiosity into something narrower and often more fragile. For some children, curiosity disappears almost completely. But schools can do a great deal to foster the human need to know more. The stakes of this process are huge — when students are curious, their capacity to learn well is enormous; when they are not, it’s hard to teach them anything.

    Speakers: Susan Engel

    • 52 min
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    Reimagining the Classroom- From the Past to the Personal

    Reimagining the Classroom- From the Past to the Personal

    We are living in a personalized world: Online retailers show us the products we need, media sites know what videos and articles we’d like, and social networks tell us what our friends are doing at any given moment. Yet in classrooms across America, students are stuck learning in the same batch-processed, one-size-fits-all way that hasn't changed in 150 years: one teacher, standing in front of 28 or so students, with one standard textbook, one standard curriculum, and one standard model of instruction. It’s time for a personalized classroom, in which students are met where they’re at, with the right kind of instruction, at the right time, to meet their unique needs. Explore how one team of innovators are challenging the factory-model classroom by reimagining each component of the classroom — from space to talent to curriculum to instruction itself — so that all students, no matter their current academic level or way of learning, get the personalized learning experience they both need and deserve.
    Speakers: Joel Rose

    • 59 min
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    A New National Blueprint for Technology and Education

    A New National Blueprint for Technology and Education

    The LEAD Commission, created by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, was charged with mapping the blueprint for the nation's educational technology future. The leaders of this will outline their bold new blueprint and key recommendations on how tech will revolutionize education reform as well as key strategies for its implementation in classrooms across the country.
    Speakers: Jim Shelton, Julius Genachowski, James P. Steyer, Howard Gardner

    • 1 hr

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