Minds of all kinds

Minds of all kinds

Field Notes

Is it truly possible for teaching professionals to meet the needs of all students? Schools Attuned, a program that instructs participants on brain development and how learning works, uses the most recent brain research to train teachers toward that goal.

The Schools Attuned program is one of many offered by All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute that trains teachers to recognize, understand, and manage students who have differences in learning. Dr. Mel Levine, a developmental behavioral pediatrician who founded All Kinds of Minds, believes that the latest knowledge about brain development and learning styles is not reaching those who most should apply it-teachers.

Levine asserts that with greater knowledge about learning and brain development, teachers can help all students achieve more. From the disorganized student who must keep track of homework better to the child who would normally enter a special education class, Schools Attuned teaches skills and innovative tools to meet students’ needs.

Based on more than 25 years of research, this program focuses on eight neurodevelopmental constructs that affect learning: attention, language, memory, neuromotor function, spatial ordering, temporal-sequential ordering, higher.-order cognition, and social cognition. Through studying these various constructs, teachers gain insight into the roles that the constructs play in building-or undermining-a child’s foundation for learning. Program participants learn how to use behavioral supports and strategies to help students with learning differences, which, in turn, improves the learning environment for all students.

For more information about programs from All Kinds of Minds, access www.allkindsofminds.org.

Ed.-Would you like to hear about the latest brain research from experts in the field? Join Kappa Delta Pi members at the 43rd Convocation on 9 November for the Brain Research Symposium, and for a panel discussion on Brain Compatible Teaching and Learning. Register online at: www.kdp.org.

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