Three educators from the Academy for Global Citizenship had an opportunity to escape the cold in Chicago and travel to San Francisco for a Learning and the Brain conference called “Teaching Self-Aware Minds: Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Education.” Learning and the Brain conferences and workshops apply the latest research findings in neuroscience to practical applications in the classroom and education philosophy. This conference focused on promoting student self-regulation and motivation to positively impact academic achievement with a focus on the unique challenges of and opportunities available in this digital age.
2nd grade lead teacher Kyla Saphir expressed the importance of bringing lessons from neuroscience research into the classroom. “I learned a lot about the research on executive functioning in children and how important social and emotional development are in planning and educating students. I am looking forward to applying these lessons in my classroom and adding them to my growing repertoire of skills gained through Professional Development opportunities.”
When they were not busy growing their brains in conference sessions, our teachers took advantage of cultural education opportunities, including the incredible Chinese New Year Parade, the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Thanks to Southwest Airlines, the event’s sponsor, this year’s parade attracted hundreds of thousands of people and boasted over 100 floats, including a nearly 300 foot dragon.
In addition to sponsoring cultural events like San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade, Southwest Airlines also supports the professional development of AGC’s faculty and staff through a generous flight sponsorship. AGC’s faculty and staff are our most important asset, and we are thrilled at this opportunity that SWA has provided AGC to invest in their growth.