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Help us bust neuromyths at SXSWedu!

We wanted to let you know of an exciting opportunity for us–the chance to present at South by Southwest Edu!

Deans for Impact is committed to transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession. Last fall we released The Science of Learning, a resource for teacher-educators, new teachers, and anyone in the education profession who is interested in the best scientific understanding of how learning takes place. We’ve been thrilled by the response to The Science of Learning – and want to reach even more people, particularly in the K-12 world. South by Southwest Edu – where about 40 percent of attendees are K-12 teachers and administrators – is a chance to help achieve that goal.

Thirty percent of the “panel picking” process is made up of community votes. Please check out the description below and vote for us! You only have to do it once, and it would go a long way to help us bring what we’ve learned about cognitive science to a wider audience.

Cognitive Science: From Instinct to Evidence
Teachers want to do everything they can to improve student learning. But a lack of exposure to the latest cognitive-science research means their instructional strategies may be based on instinct rather than empirical evidence. Empowering teachers to understand and use cognitive science can not only bust long-held “neuromyths” – learning styles, we’re looking at you! – but also give teachers a common language to diagnose and address problems of practice. In this session, we will discuss the practical implications of cognitive science for student instruction.

How to vote:

1. Go here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/60750

2. Create an account (it’s super quick and easy; you can log in via Facebook)

3. Click the thumbs up button so it turns green. That’s it!

4. Spread the word! Click here for a pre-made tweet you can use to get the word out!

Want to learn even more about cognitive science?:
We’ve spent a lot of time over the past year thinking about cognitive-science: among other activities, we launched a “mythbusting” series on our blog and worked with a group of our member-led programs to form the Design for Practice Network, which is exploring how to embed cognitive-science principles into educator-preparation programs.

To learn more about these efforts, check out these great posts from our archives:

“Lionel Messi and the Science of Learning” – A great introduction to Deans for Impact’s work in this area.
“Novices and Experts Cannot Think in the Same Ways” – Alan Lesgold illuminates the ways in which novices and experts’ brains work differently.
“Exploring the Left Brain/Right Brain Myth” – Dr. Melina Uncapher debunks a common neuromyth: that people are preferentially “right-brained” or “left-brained” in the use of their brains.
“Translating the Science of Learning” – An overview of the Design for Practice Network.


David Kallison

Communications Associate


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