This five-week, online course is the first in a proposed series about brain research and how the brain learns. Join this online learning community as we identify, share, and practice brain-based strategies to work with students who need to overcome skill deficits. The basics of brain anatomy and brain maturation will provide the foundation for our curriculum, and will help you to use a neurodevelopmental lens to identify students' strengths and challenges. Teachers, professional coaches/trainers, paraprofessionals, and school administrators will learn to help students identify and utilize their strengths to ensure their success. The course will take approximately five hours per week. You will learn from short weekly presentations, written materials, and videos; complete online assignments; and participate in online discussions as a part of interactive weekly, or bi-weekly, meetings that will be recorded for those unable to participate live. One week prior to the start of this course, you will establish a UNH IT account required to access the Canvas online teaching system, followed by detailed information from the instructor(s). Intro Week: October 9-13; Course: October 16-November 17.
Faye Cragin, M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Adult Learning, is a State Specialist in Learning & Instructional Design for UNH Cooperative Extension. She is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program at Plymouth State University where she is studying Educational Leadership with a concentration in the Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching.
Elizabeth (Beth) Reed has worked with students from infant to adult. She holds a master’s degree in education from Plymouth State University, is a licensed teacher in New Hampshire and holds multiple early childhood credentials. For the last 13 years, she has created and taught courses and workshops on how the brain learns for teachers all over the country. Beth teaches graduate level courses as adjunct at several colleges and is a professional development consultant for schools and districts.