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La Sierra University slates summer seminar tackling heart-brain connections and teacher-student effect

The third annual La Sierra University School of Education summer institute, “Brain and Learning,” will be held on the La Sierra University campus July 10, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will focus on “Resilience in the Classroom: Heart-Brain Connections and Teacher-Student Affect.”

Topics that will be discussed include: how to think more clearly and make smarter decisions, especially under pressure; how to develop more brain-friendly instructional strategies; and how to create a stronger school culture and esprit de corps.

Cutting edge research leaders will present at the summer institute, including Rollin McCraty, PhD, director of research for the HeartMath Research Center in Boulder Creek, California.

Since 1991, HeartMath has focused its research on the physiology of and relationship between the heart, stress, and emotions. The research has been published in numerous health and science journals and featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Readers Digest. HeartMath recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show and on the CBS network’s The Early Show. HeartMath serves global clients, including Fortune 100 companies, businesses of all sizes, government agencies, the military, health care systems, and human services agencies. Clients include corporations such as Cisco Systems, Redken, Motorola, Unilever, Shell, Sony, AT&T, Boeing, and NASA, among many others.

Other summer institute presenters include Robert A. Rees, PhD, director of education and humanities at the Institute of HeartMath, who previously taught and worked in administration at University of California, Los Angeles, for 25 years; JoAnn Cleland, EdD, professor emerita of education at Arizona State University West and a private literacy consultant; Melvin Campbell, PhD, retired faculty member from the La Sierra University School of Education and current author of Readers Theatre in the Classroom with Ms. Cleland and Readers Theatre for Christian Worship with Edwin Zackrison; VirLynn Burton, MA, instructional specialist at Wells Middle School, Riverside, California, with 25 years teaching experience and an international presenter; and Linda Caviness, PhD, associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the La Sierra University School of Education.

“More than ever, educators need resilience and vision to handle the many complex issues and challenges facing 21st century schools,” says Dr. Caviness, coordinator of the summer institute. “The degree of skill that educators have in addressing these complexities strongly affects their relationships with students, decision-making, problem-solving, team-building, and overall physical energy.”

The cost is $100 including continental breakfast and lunch; group rates are available for 20 or more. Continuing education credits available. Please make your reservation by June 23, 2006. To register call the La Sierra University School of Education (951) 785-2266 or (951) 785-2203.

Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006