Leadership Meeting 2022
Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1, in Rome
Join your peers to share experiences and take a close look at essential topics for schools.
This meeting is for Heads of School from MAIS member schools.
Friday, April 29
19:15 Welcome Group Dinner
Saturday, April 30
9:00-16:00 Group Workshop and Discussion
17:00-22:30 Activity and Dinner
Sunday, May 1
9:00-10:00 Administrative Meeting
10:30-16:00 Cultural Activity and Lunch
The Science of Learning and Memory
This lively and interactive workshop starts with an essential question: how can memory research help teachers teach and students learn? We start at the smallest level—with the neuron—and build all the way to sophisticated and flexible systems of meaningful knowledge. Along the way, we will explore many kinds of memory: declarative, procedural, working, short-term, long-term. And we’ll study many (many!) research-informed teaching practices that combine neurons into networks and individual facts into comprehensive understanding. Led by a teacher with decades of classroom experience, this workshop brings psychology and neuroscience to the curriculum, the syllabus, and the lesson plan for specific, practical, and useful classroom insights.
By the end of the workshop, you will have met these LEARNING GOALS:
What does memory look like in the brain? How do neurons produce knowledge?
What final shape does learning take? How can we describe our educational goals most clearly and usefully?
How do we define many (competing) sub-processes within human memory systems?
What is working memory? Why is it important? What are its limitations?
What classroom teaching strategies balance cognitive load most effectively?
How can lesson plans, unit plans, and curriculum plans convert granular knowledge into useful systems and flexible understanding?
Which takeaways will benefit my students most immediately?
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, TRANSLATE THE BRAIN
Andrew Watson has been teaching since 1988, studying brains since 2008, and combining those fields since 2012. He started Translate the Brain in 2012, after earning an M. Ed. in Harvard’s Mind Brain Education program. Since then, he has traveled around the globe to help make learning easier and teaching more effective. Andrew talks with teachers, students, parents, as well as administrators, trustees, and alumni. As a consultant and conference speaker he works regularly with K-12 schools, and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
Author of three books – including The Goldilocks Map: A Classroom Teacher’s Quest to Evaluate 'Brain-Based' Teaching Advice and Learning Begins: The Science of Working Memory and Attention for the Classroom Teacher – Andrew writes frequently on memory, attention, motivation, and practical study strategies
Since 2017, he has edited the Learning and the Brain blog.
Hotel Crowne Plaza St. Perters Rome
Via Aurelia Antica 415
Tel. 02 5300561
Single room with breakfast €120.00
Double room with breakfast €135.00
Includes breakfast & 10% vat
Does not include the city tax of € 6,00 p.p., p. day.
Reservation Deadline 31 March 2022
Booking dates Wednesday, April 27 - Monday, May 2, 2022