Sparking Student and Teacher Creativity
November 15 and 16, 2012
Thursday & Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
Hosted by Cary Academy
Cary, North Carolina
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The Southeastern Brain Conference is an annual two day conference on learning and brain research. It is hosted by Cary Academy, a national leader in education and a learning community dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and the purposeful use of technology. Each year it attracts high school and college educators, administrators, school counselors, learning specialists, and educational psychologists. The theme of the 2012 conference is sparking creativity in students and teachers. Our keynote speakers will talk about the neuroscience of creativity and how it is applicable to the classroom.
The Neuroscience of Creativity
Dr. Rex Jung will deliver the keynote
talk on the neuroscience of creativity. Dr. Jung is a leading scientist
in the emerging field of positive neuroscience, the study of
what the brain does well. His groundbreaking research led to the
first model describing a network of brain regions critically
linked in the service of intellectual pursuits, known as the Parieto-Frontal Integration Theory (or “P-FIT”). Over the last
several years, he has turned his attention to the manifestation
of creativity in the brain—a cognitive capacity perhaps
critically dependent upon, yet distinctly different, from
The author of over 50 scientific publications, Jung’s research has been widely featured in popular media outlets including CNN, BBC, Psychology Today, New Scientist, The New York Times, and Newsweek. A clinical neuropsychologist by training, Jung is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
Creative, Collaborative, and Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Garfield Gini-Newman will deliver
the keynote talk on how to nurture creative, collaborative and
critical inquiry in the classroom. As Senior Lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior
national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium,
Garfield has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and
subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and
provocative activities and authentic assessments. Garfield’s
work with educators often has a transformative impact on
teaching and learning. Garfield’s five years as a curriculum
consultant with the York Region District School Board and his 15
years of teaching experience prepared him well for working with
teachers in a manner that is engaging and practical.
In addition to his work at the University of Toronto and delivering workshops, Garfield has also authored seven textbooks and has taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia.