What role do emotions play in the brain’s learning process?

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Current research suggests that emotions establish/guide learning.  In a new book, Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang says, “People think of emotion getting in the way of cognition, but it doesn’t. Emotion steers our thinking; it’s the rudder that directs our mind and organizes what we need to do.”

According to Dr. Immordino-Yang, “what happens when thinking is devoid of emotion is that you don’t remember it or think deeply about it.”  So students who feel no meaningful emotional connection to the material they learn will struggle to remember or apply it.

Dr. Immordino-Yang recommends three strategies for teachers to improve students’ basic foundations for learning:

  • Give students open-ended problems that force them to dig into the definition of the task itself.
  • Encourage students to recognize and use their own academic “intuitions” while learning—for example, to notice when they feel uneasy about an answer and look back later to see if it was incorrect.
  • When trying to improve students’ emotions in the classroom, focus on adding meaning to content the students are working with, rather than positive distractions, like telling a joke or giving prizes.

Now in its 4th year, the Wired Differently Conference is an information-packed event that showcases a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral challenges — especially in inclusive settings.  Las Vegas pre-registration closes May 31st!


Steve Silberman
Award-winning Science Writer andNew York Times Bestselling Author of NeuroTribes

Las Vegas

Dr. Edward Hallowell
Child and Adult Psychiatrist, Learning Differences Expert, Bestselling Author ofDriven to Distraction


Mike Paget
International Speaker, Author & Consultant

Las Vegas

Aaron Wiemeier
Author, Counselor & Trauma Specialist

Las Vegas

Dr. Michele Borba
Bestselling Author, Internationally Recognized Educator, Media Commentator

Las Vegas

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

Las Vegas

Joe Navarro
Non-Verbal Communication Expert, Best-Selling Author

Las Vegas

Dr. Sonayia Shepherd
Author, Crisis Response and Recovery Support Authority

Las Vegas

Check out some of this year’s speakers!

This 3-day conference will provide tools and strategies for working with individuals and small groups — as well as in the classroom. Some types of disorders to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Anger Disorders


LAS VEGAS: June 28 – July 1, 2016
$485 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
$395 USD

(until May 31st)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Pre-Reg Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments)Regular Price: $425
TORONTO: November 11-13, 2016

$340 USD
(until 6/30)
$295 USD
(until 6/30)
(Includes: 1 Pre-Conference Session + Early Bird Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $435
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $395

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will be held June 29-July 1 at Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel that sets the standard for opulent details and impeccable service.  This classic, Roman-themed casino hotel is on the west side of the Strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage.  Perks include a coliseum-inspired performance venue with headliner entertainment, multiple pools, upscale shopping, a fountain show, nightclubs, a spa and a gym.  The School Safety Conference is part of the 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas, which will feature:

  • The Wired Differently Conference
  • The NextGen School Safety Conference
  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference

A limited number of Caesars Palace rooms are available at a discounted rate ($129 June 27-30; $279 July 1-2 single/double).  Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944 (there is a $15 phone reservation processing fee).  There is no fee to use the weblink.  The name of the group is2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will convene at The Westin Harbour Castle, which is located on the shores of Lake Ontario – steps away from the Downtown Core via Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto’s theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all that Toronto has to offer.  Perks include an indoor pool, fitness studio and spa.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will feature:

  • The Wired Differently Conference
  • The NextGen School Safety Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference

A limited number of rooms are available at The Westin Harbour Castle ($199 sgl/dbl $229 trpl $259 quad). The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit.  Book by October 11th!


Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for the Wired Differently Conference in Las Vegas and Toronto!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form topd@accutrain.com.  The deadline for program proposals is May 31st, 2016.

Presenters are required to register for the conference — discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805.

June 19-22, 2016
June 28-July 1, 2016
November 11-13, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference NextGen School Safety Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference School Discipline Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Wired Differently Conference Wired Differently Conference
Innovative Counseling Strategies
NextGen School Safety Conference

CONFERENCE SESSIONS (partial listing):


We Are More Alike Than Different

I Used to Be Bullied for Having Special Needs: Here’s When It Stopped

Disciplinary Challenges with Special Education Students

The Mental Health Crisis in Education: Insight, Intervention & Strategies for Maximizing Educational Potential in an Ever Increasingly Stressful School Environment

De-stressing the Cycle of Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges

5 Keys for Working with Students with “Acting Out” and “Acting In” Disorders

Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand

Critical Mental Health: Empowering Students to Own Their Wellness

The Trauma – Relationship – School Environment Triangle: Understanding The Cyclical Nature of Trauma, Conflict & How to Change It!

Are Arts Methods and Self-Rating Effective in Teaching Elementary-Aged Children Executive Functioning Skills?  


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