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in teaching your class and developing your professional practice
with Dr. Christine M. Stearns, Ed.D.



Education is an art form, which takes a lot of practice, meaningful reflection and most of all it takes passion.  Because there is so much research that tells us how to teach, what to teach and when to teach it, there are times we may start to believe that education could be an exact science. 


If we look at the research through the lens of an expert about our own students and our own school, we can find a balance that will enable us to use parts of the research to enhance the art of our own unique teaching style and make it more effective.


This workshop guides you toward finding your balance.  Through reflection, art activities and play, you will start a “tool chest”.  These tools are designed to help and inspire you to use research to provoke your own action research, to think flexibly and to enrich your own teaching practices.


Educators Pre-K to 6, Administrators, Teachers in training, Educational Assistants and Aides, Education Consultants, Paraprofessionals, Title 1 Members/Staff


Participants will learn:

  • what science used to say about brain research and how it has changed

  • what science used to say about child development and how it has changed

  • what science used to say about intelligence and how it has changed

  • what science used to say about best practices and how it has changed



Example of a schedule for a day long workshop

8:00 - 8:30 : Check-in

8:30 – 9:00: Introductions and agenda overview

9:00 – 10:00: How has brain research changed?

10:00 – 11:00: How have theories of child development changed?

11:00 – 11:15 Morning Break

11:15 – 12:15 How have theories of intelligence changed?

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:15:  How have best practices changed?

2:15 – 2:30: Afternoon break

2:30 – 3:30: How do we not throw the baby out with the bathwater?

3:30 – 3:45: Questions, workshop evaluations, dismissal




Gardner, H. (1999). Intelligence reframed: Multiple intelligences for the 21st century. New York, NY: Basic Books.


Goleman, D. (2006). Social intelligence: The new science of human relationships. New York: Bantam Books.


Pink, D. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York: Riverhead Books. 




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