The Future Is Here For Early Learning: One-Day Summit

Join us as we discuss how today’s early childhood teachers are putting research into daily practice and creating amazing learning opportunities.


WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Kravis Center – Cohen Pavilion, 701 E. Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida



8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Message

Becky Dyer, Executive Vice President for Programs, Barbara Bush Foundation, will welcome attendees.


8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Technology as Your Teacher’s Aide?

Dr. Alice Wilder is a digital literacy innovator, as well as co-creator and Head of Research and Education for the popular children’s educational television show Super Why!. She joins us to discuss the power of television and technology as a tool for learning. What’s exciting about technology today in learning? A lot of technology makers say they are educational. How do you know? What do you look for?


9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: What Teachers Must Know: The Neuroscience of Learning and Social Emotional Health – Part 1

Michelle Kinder and Heather Bryant, teaching and learning experts from the Momentous Institute, will explore current brain research and its relevance to learning and social emotional health. Strategies for creating brain-friendly environments, experiences and interactions will be emphasized.


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Program – The Future’s So Bright

Warren Eldridge, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, will make remarks. He will be followed by Liza McFadden, president of the Barbara Bush Foundation, who will push us to think about our future and the brain as our computer platform.

Dr. Susan Neuman is an educator, researcher, and education policy-maker in early childhood and literacy development. She is the author of Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital. As the former Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education, she knows the challenges of moving policy to practice and will discuss how we create that “fighting chance.”


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: What Teachers Must Know: The Neuroscience of Learning and Social Emotional Health – Part 2

The Momentous Institute-led workshop will conclude, providing a variety of tried-and-true activities, resources, and mindsets that can be easily implemented in the classroom and the home to build and repair social emotional health.


TO REGISTER: Visit the registration page. Early bird registration by December 31 is $40 (includes lunch).


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Becky Dyer at







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