Workshops, Training, & Conferences
October 26-27, 2020
Formerly the NAREN TranZed National Conference, the conference has a rich history of providing resources addressing at-risk, disadvantaged, and marginalized students. Join leading experts on October 26-27, 2020 at Towson University to focus on the whole child and transform the way America cares for and educates its children; ensuring student success. The Kids First National Conference will equip educational and child-serving leaders and professionals to Innovate & Transform to ensure children thrive.
Our professional development experiences—our workshops—are our most popular service. The Transformation Education Institute offers outstanding experiences on the most relevant issues facing today’s teachers, parents and child-serving professionals. We call them “experiences” because we deliver our cutting-edge material in an active, engaging, “brain-friendly” manner that results in our participants “experiencing” rather than just receiving the exciting information we have to share.
We are currently booking online sessions and welcome the opportunity to partner with you in this new format. Connection is key—let us help you bring your team together even if everyone isn’t in the same place.
Available workshops (subject to change):
Brain Matters: The Essential Guide to Brain-Based Learning
For educators, parents and other child-serving professionals who want to optimize the learning performance of their students, children and youth; this is the place to start. If you are interested in how the brain learns and excited about the potential of neuroscience for accelerating this learning process, this topic effectively translates brain science into tools you can use immediately.
Becoming a Mental Health Sleuth: The “Sherlock Holmes Skills” Every School Needs
Our student’s mental health significantly impacts school attendance, academic performance, social-emotional development and school safety. Empowering faculty with the “Sherlock Holmes Skills” of awareness, observation, identification and communication of the most common mental heath issues in school-age children will result in early identification of concerns, improved and timelier interventions, effective risk management, stronger parent collaboration and increased student happiness.
Change Your Language, Change Their Lives: What Adults Can Say Differently Today To Transform the Tomorrows of Our Youths
Learn the four powerful “Languages of the Brain” that will transform the lives of the children you serve. Walk away with a new way of talking to youth that builds resilience, promotes intrinsic motivation, enhances cognitive stimulation and creates kaleidoscope thinkers. What you say matters, more than you ever knew!
Conquering Boredom, Apathy and Indifference in the Classroom: Strategies to Engage, Excite and Motivate Your Students
Do you have students who appear to have no interest in their own education? Do they appear dull and lifeless in class? Are teacher’s frustrated with how to reach these students and break through the apathy?
Trauma and the Brain: The Developmental Impact of Trauma in Childhood
Key discoveries in neuroscience have revealed a more comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing brain. With incredible specificity, scientists have mapped how the experience of abuse in childhood changes the growing brain and predisposes it to psychiatric disorders in adulthood.
Beyond Poverty: Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty
Poverty has a synergistic and pervasive impact on children’s brains. In this workshop, participants will learn about the specific differences developing brains exposed to poverty have, the impact of those differences in the classroom and the unique interventions that can be used to overcome poverty’s effects. Known as “neuroplasticity,” the brain’s ability to change and grow through exposure to environmental stimulus offers exciting new approaches and strategies for educators, parents and child-serving professionals working with children from impoverished backgrounds.
Mind Management: Neuroscience, Self-Care and Life Success
The purpose of this workshop is to share with attendees practical, research-supported techniques for keeping in top mental condition — even under the stresses and challenges of career, family and personal life.
Right From the Start: Building Great Brains From Birth to Age Five
Discover how to help brains struggling to achieve a positive developmental start. Know how to identify a quality early education program. Apply the 5 key skills for emotional and cognitive health. Build your expertise on the infant and toddler brain and make a deeper difference in your children’s lives!
The New IQ?: Understanding and Teaching Executive Function Skills in and Out of the Classroom
When a student has poor or underdeveloped executive function skills, they can appear disorganized, unprepared and unmotivated. By providing explicit instruction in executive function processes, parents and teachers can significantly elevate the thinking abilities in their children and students.
Trouble Letting Go: Understanding Addiction in the Adolescent Brain
In this workshop participants will learn why adolescents are more sensitive and more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, nicotine, and drugs than adults. This workshop will examine why this vulnerability exists and will provide concrete methods for both prevention and intervention.