Attend the Neuroscience and Education Symposium to discover ways that education relates to brain science

Brain image with text: Neuroscience and Education: The Connection

Join us for the fifth annual Neuroscience and Education Symposium, May 31 and June 1, which brings together educators, health care and other professionals.

“The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is so pleased to partner with Currey Ingram Academy for a fifth year on this exceptional learning opportunity,” said Elise McMillan, J.D., senior lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the VKC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which co-sponsors the Symposium with Currey-Ingram Academy and the Annette Eskind Institute of Learning at Currey Ingram Academy. Other co-sponsors are the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Peabody College.

“The Symposium is especially valuable in its focus on how to help educators and other professionals apply the latest research in their classrooms or practices,” McMillan said. “The Symposium is designed for practitioners who provide services for school-aged children and youth, but some parents may find that sessions suit their interests and we welcome them as well.”

Plenary Speakers

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, M.S.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, M.S.

Larry Rosen, Ph.D.

Larry Rosen, Ph.D.

“Technology on the Brain: Education in a High-Tech World” is the focus of Day 1’s plenary speaker, Larry Rosen, Ph.D., professor emeritus and past chair of the Psychology Department at California State University. He will present state-of-the-art psychological science about how technology impacts students’ lives.

On Day 2, the plenary address will be “Insights From Cognitive Neuroscience into the Development of the Reading Brain,” delivered by Ola Ozernov-Palchik, M.S., a developmental cognitive neuroscience researcher studying reading development and dyslexia at Tufts University. Her presentation will address developmental dyslexia including hereditary and environmental influences on brain specialization for reading and evidence of brain changes in response to remediation.


Each day attendees have their choice of sessions presented by experts on wide-ranging topics.

Day 1 sessions:

  • The Power of Social Emotional Learning—Danielle Barton, Ed.D.
  • Understanding the iGeneration and Generation C and How they Learn—Larry Rosen, Ph.D.
  • Mindfulness, an Evidence-Based Strategy for Reducing Stress—Michelle Foot-Pearce, D.Min., M.S.N.
  • Brain Development and Learning: Facts and Myths—Sasha Key, Ph.D.
  • Classroom Management: Low-Intensity Strategies Can Produce Big Effects—Jane Hannah, Ed.D.
  • Understanding and Supporting Executive Functioning Development in Students—James Goodlad, Ph.D.
  • Diminishing Attention Spans: What Does It Mean for Our Students?—Larry Rosen, Ph.D.

Day 2 Sessions:

  • Neuroscience and Education: The Role of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms—Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.
  • Experience Dyslexia®—A Simulation—Jane Hannah, Ed.D., Danielle Barton, Ed.D., Courtney Gallaher, M.S., Mary Ragsdale, M.S., and Joy Young, M.A.
  • Transition from School to Adulthood—Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D.
  • The Bridge Between Cognitive Neuroscience and Practice: Moving Beyond Neuromyths—Ola Ozernov-Palchik, M.S.
  • Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Recognizing and Treating Them—Stephanie Eken, M.D.
  • Tools for Life: Growing Social Connections Utilizing Social Thinking®—Tammy Parrish, M.S.


The 2-day symposium is held at Currey Ingram Academy. Early Bird registration, which ends April 30, is $200/person, $175/person for groups of 3 or more, $150/person for groups of 10 or more, $100 for college and graduate students.

Regular registration, which starts May 1, is $225/person, $200/person for groups of 3 or more, $175/person for groups of 10 or more, $125 for college and graduate students.

Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Please see Symposium website for information about types of continuing education credit available.

For more information about the Symposium and to register, link here.

Jan Rosemergy is VKC director of Communication and Dissemination.

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