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Neuroscience of Technology to Enhance Learning

Day Three: The Toronto Educators' Conference

Presented by Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 2, 2019  |  Toronto, on

Date & Location

Thursday, May 2, 2019 – Thursday, May 2, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

As Educators, we chose this career because we love teaching and work diligently to increase the effectiveness of our classroom instruction. But, at every level we encounter students who struggle to benefit from the best instruction and master the content.  Educational Neuroscience has recently been able to begin to clarify why some students struggle to learn. Whether because of environmental stressors like poverty or adverse childhood experiences (ACES), specific genetic brain maturational differences, perceptual variations, or other maturational brain differences,  new research has shown that students who struggle academically have underlying differences in learning capacities like memory or attentional skills, that undermine their ability to sit and learn on demand. The good news is that these learning capacities can be trained through scientifically designed education technology.

This workshop will review the newest research on how the brain learns and those issues, unrelated to intelligence, that can affect learning capacity and achievement. The focus of the workshop will be to cover new innovative educational-technology approaches that augment the effectiveness of direct instruction by increasing executive functions and learning capacities in students who struggle to learn: children from low SES backgrounds; children with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES); English Language Learners (ELLs); and children with diagnosed learning disabilities like dyslexia. The course will be practical and address best practices for selection and utilization of educational technology to buttress and augment direct classroom instruction to maximize the achievement of all of our students.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Brain organization and maturation – how the brain sets itself up to learn and changes with experience

  • The human brain – an experience-dependent organ
  • Early maturation: Proliferation, pruning, consolidation of specific cognitive systems

Effects of experience on brain maturation

  • Low SES
  • ACES
  • Second Language Learning
  • Genetics
  • Learning disabilities

Neuroscience of Education

  • How teachers change brains
    1. The ‘What’ of teaching – New connections, enhanced myelination
    2. The ‘How’ of teaching – Neurochemical changes associated with attention and motivation
  • How learning capacities of Attention, Memory and Executive Functions are enhanced through:
    1. Educational classroom practices
    2. Neuroscience-based technological approaches
  • Best practices for selection and use of neuroscience technology
    1. What to look for in well-designed neuroscience technology
    2. How to use Ed-Tech to augment direct instruction
    3. How to use Ed-Tech to build learning capacities and executive functions
    4. Demonstrations of available technology for:
      1. ADHD
      2. Effects of Poverty and ACES
      3. Executive Function Disorders
      4. Social-Emotional Learning

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize underlying learning capacity issues affecting some students ability to benefit from instruction
  2. Apply new educational neuroscience research to improve classroom instructional methodology
  3. Apply neuroscience research to select well designed and evidence-based technological approaches to enhance learning among students struggling to achieve
  4. Determine which technological approach is  most appropriate for each student

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.

Martha S. Burns, Ph.D., has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honours from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University.

Dr. Burns has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

801 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5

phone:  416.675.6100

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 1.866.932.7058 with the group name Jack Hirose and Associates or the group code JA1134

Guests can also book a reservation online at :

Traditional rooms for $199.00 plus tax a night.

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrolment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrolment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrolment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 16, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

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