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Captivate, Activate & Invigorate the Student Brain in Science & Math

Day One: The Toronto Educators' Conference

Presented by John T. Almarode, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019  |  Toronto, on

Date & Location

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Tuesday, April 30, 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

Getting students engaged in learning and keeping them engaged is one of the toughest challenges in today’s science and mathematics classrooms. So how do we do it? How do we get our students to the edge of their seats for new science and math learning? Recent brain research confirms what we as teachers have believed for years, we don’t pay attention to boring things. This exciting, out of your seat workshop looks at the key “must have” ingredients for maximum engagement in your middle and secondary science classroom. Participants start with captivating students and discovering what grabs the brain’s attention, making it thirsty for new learning. Then, experience the necessary steps to activating the brain so that it’s “rocking and rolling” in the classroom. Finally, keeping the brain engaged requires an invigorating experience that keeps students coming back for more…every day! This amazing workshop links the most recent research on keeping the brain engaged in the science and math content. Participants will walk away, raring to go, with instant ideas and strategies that will have every student captivated, activated, and invigorated!

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • A recipe for engagement.
  • What does engagement have to do with it?
  • The Science of Learning and Student Engagement.
  • Building background knowledge.
  • Activating prior knowledge.
  • Captivate with novelty.
  • Strategies for building background knowledge, activating prior knowledge, and using novelty.
  •  Establishing relevancy.
  • Managing the pace of instruction.
  • Invigorating the learner for long-lasting learning.
  • Barriers to engaging the learner and how to overcome those barriers.
  • Strategies for establishing relevancy, managing the pace of instruction, invigorating the brain, and overcoming barriers.
  • An action plan for engaging learners in science and math.

Learning Objectives

  1.   Participants will be able to describe the brains role in engaging students in science and math.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the necessary conditions for engaging students in science and math.
  3. Participants will be able to define the three types of student engagement and the role each plays in the science and math classroom.
  4. Participants will be able to describe the recipe for engagement in science and math.
  5. Participants will be able to apply the recipe to science and math instruction in grades 6 – 12.
  6. Participants will be able to list the barriers to engagement in science and math.
  7. Participants will be able to develop a list of strategies associated with each part of the recipe for engagement.
  8. Participants will be able to create an action plan for implementing ideas and strategies into their individual science and math classrooms.

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

John T. Almarode, Ph.D.

John T. Almarode, Ph.D., has presented locally, nationally, and internationally. He has worked with thousands of teachers, dozens of school districts, and countless organizations. John actively pursues his research interests including educational neuroscience, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement, interest and engagement in STEM disciplines, specialized STEM high schools, interventions for low socioeconomic populations, college and university laboratory schools, and the translation of American education pedagogy in international schools.

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.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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