SMUS Teachers Enjoy Professional Development

This Tuesday, SMUS hosted Dr. John Medina, the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules, to talk about his findings into how children develop and how we all learn. A developmental molecular biologist, Dr. Medina holds joint affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in its Department of Bioengineering, and at Seattle Pacific University, where he is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research.

“We chose Dr. Medina because his work on brain function has been focused particularly on the implications of emerging brain science on the education and work world,” says Director of Academics John Liggett. “In the educational world, this extends to how a school is scheduled, how and when physical education is provided, the necessary conditions for memory retention, the impact of stress and sleep as well as the importance of relationships and of all things empathy!”

All SMUS faculty K-12 attended in addition to approximately 100 educators representing every CAIS school on the island, the local public school boards and even a few schools from the mainland. Dr. Medina’s session received rave reviews from all involved both for his veracity of argument and the possible application of his ideas to classroom practice.


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