• Literacy Conference

    Maximizing student learning through brain-based research and hands-on activities

    Learning and the Brain

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  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    Location: Immaculata University
    1145 W King Rd
    Immaculata, PA 19345

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

    Cost: $85

    Target Audience: K-8 classroom and literacy educators 

    Graduate Credit Option: 

    1 Graduate Credit available through Immaculata University

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     Immaculata Univesity

    This event is hosted in collaboration with Immaculata University; the featured presenters are affiliated with the Franklin Institute Professional Development Program for Educators.


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    This conference, grounded in the latest cognitive neuroscience research, empowers educators with experiences in multi-sensory movement learning strategies to advance student learning in literacy. 

    The Franklin Institute Featured Session Speakers Tara Cox and Rachel Castro-Diephouse:

    Understanding the Brain: Becoming a Learning Scientist, K-12

    Educators will be empowered with critical knowledge in neuroscience to make informed, research-based decisions that advance student learning. Debunk prevalent myths about the brain while learning about the structure and function of our most powerful organ. Educators will gain strategies for maximizing learning for students based on current brain research. 

    Tara Cox is the Manager of Professional Development at The Franklin Institute where she designs and facilitates professional learning experiences.

    Rachel Castro-Diephouse has over ten years experience in the field of informal science education as an educator, curriculum developer and trainer and now works at The Franklin Institute.

    Breakout Sessions:

    • Strategies for Integrating Hands-on STEM Activities and Children's Books, Grades K-5 facilitated by Tara Cox and Rachel Castro-Diephouse, The Franklin Institute

    • Multi-sensory Learning in Content Specific Instruction, Grades 3-8 facilitated by Karissa Lookingbill, CCIU

    • Scaffolding for Reading with Brain-based Movement Activities, Grades K-8 facilitated by Dara Kline, CCIU

    • Sensory Motor Strategies to Support Classroom Success, Grades K-2 facilitated by Trish Byron and Pam McEntee, CCIU



    9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

    Featured Session with The Franklin Institute

    11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.


    12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.


    2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Reflection, Evaluation and Graduate Credit Meeting



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