BRAIN LITERACY TRAINING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
The idea for training evolved from the Teaching Brain Literacy Initiative at the Nanyang Technological University where Dr. Hale retired as a Full Professor of Educational Neuroscience with Tenure in 2016. He has many years of teaching experience, including teaching undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical residents.
Having invited presentations, conference presentations, and workshops provided worldwide (see curriculum vitae), Dr. Hale believed his instruction was well received based on course evaluations. Periodically, he would get emails from attendees who used what they had learned in their schools or practices, but he wondered how better to translate attendees' newfound knowledge into their daily practices.
Brain Literacy Foundation Training
In Singapore, the two-day brain literacy training led to significant gains in participant knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, as can be seen in the figure to the right. In the current model, participants who pass the quizzes for this instruction get a Brain Literacy Foundations Certificate.
Advanced Brain Literacy Training
Dr. Hale then added a jigsaw cooperative learning training component, where 8 teams (2 reading, 2 math, 2 written expression, 2 social-emotional) were created. Each team member shared a case study from their practice sites, and then teams picked one student and created a powerpoint to present to the cohort. This led to an additional (incremental) gain in participant skills. Participants who complete the cooperative learning component get an Advanced Brain Literacy Certificate.
Brain Literacy Practitioner Training
There is also an optional consultation piece, where we will meet with attendees, view videotapes of their practice, and then consult with them about their brain functioning and student/child brain functioning as they view the tape together. After completion of this training component, participants get a Brain Literacy Practitioner Certificate.
The components can be done with or without the cooperative learning or consultation components depending on participant desire/need. It can be done live or virtually. A complete description of the brain literacy training can be found here. This can be modified based on participant and organizational needs.
Other Professional Presentations, Workshops, and Supervision Opportunities
Having given over 100 other presentations, workshops, and trainings worldwide, we can also offer a variety of presentations/trainings outside of the Teaching Brain Literacy Initiative.
Please see Dr. Hale's curriculum vitae for presentation/workshop examples. A recording of one of these presentations can be found on YouTube. A brief introduction of the relevance of brain literate assessment for intervention can be found here at a talk just recently given:
Although we have all taken on trainees in the past, including practicum students, interns, and fellows, we will not be able to offer paid positions at this time.
Please contact us with your training needs or any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.