New Summer Institutes Provide Opportunity to Grow Expertise

Summer Institutes

GSEP is pleased to introduce its inaugural Summer Institutes, to be held at the Malibu campus, July 26 – 30, 2010. The annual five-day program is designed for pre K-12 teachers and administrators interested in serving and leading in their home institutions by integrating cutting-edge research, technology, and approaches developed and tested by internationally renowned educators. In addition, the forum provides a venue for networking with some of the most forward-thinking practitioners in the arena of education.

Most importantly, participants will receive invaluable instruction in a contemporary topic, allowing them to expand their expertise while at the same time join a high-caliber learning community focused on knowledge sharing and progression in education. For more information, visit:

Featured Seminars

Open Hearts, Open Minds: Serving Students with Special Needs in Private and Parochial Schools

This seminar, followed by a three-month virtual certificate program, is designed for educational leaders in private and parochial K-12 schools. Participants will develop individualized action plans for their school on topics including special education law, educational evaluations, personal leadership, program development, student motivation, speech and language, ADHD, and student study teams. The optional three-month online certificate program will be offered at no cost to those who participate in the full one-week institute and participants who have submitted their completed action plan prior to September 1. Featured speakers include Richard Lavoie, MA , MEd, an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in special education and two honorary doctorates in education, and received the 2009 Learning Disabilities Associations of America’s Samuel Kirk Award.

Teacher Creativity, Technology Integration, and Digital Media Authoring for Mathematics Learning: Toward a New Paradigm in Teacher Professional Development

The path that the seminar takes capitalizes on the broad social development of usergenerated content (of which YouTube is a good example). We take advantage of new tools that allow teachers to create digital video and animated explanations that link flexibly to student needs and to instructor strengths. The introductory day of the seminar is the only day eligible for one-day registration. We will share examples of work that other mathematics teachers have created with this approach, and demonstrate the use of a combination of tools (primarily tablet computers, and imaging and screen video software) along with a discussion of an underlying theory of personalized learning communities in mathematics. For those continuing with the full week, participants will create and share a digital library of curriculum materials customized for their 2010-2011 classrooms. Participants will leave having completed a strategic curriculum planning process and a library of digital materials of their own creation that they can use in their classes. We anticipate the availability of funding that will permit those who complete this seminar to participate in follow-up activities during the school year for which they will be eligible to receive professional development stipends.

Mind, Brain, Health, and Education

This seminar, followed by an optional five-month virtual certificate program, addresses how advances in neuroscience should affect educational practice and policy. The session will assess “neuromyths” in education before addressing the major advances in neuroscience from the past 20 years. Participants will work with researchers in constructing action research projects for their schools with the support of senior researchers, and those that continue with the five-month follow-up will engage in monthly online seminars to track the progress of their action research and continue learning about emerging developments in brain science and education. This seminar is carried out in affiliation with the International Mind, Brain, Health, and Education Initiative based in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

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