Boy Brains & Engagement Conference

Principal Kafele: 3 Questions for Empowering At-Risk Males

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Boy Brains & Engagement Keynoter Principal Baruti Kafele says “to excel in school, at-risk male learners need role models and dreams.”  While principal of Newark Tech High School, Kafele established the Young Men’s Empowerment Program to help his students overcome obstacles and establish a vision for their lives.

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Watch Principal Baruti Kafele share 3 questions to motivate and inspire at-risk males to to reach their potential.

Principal Kafele is an author, internationally-known motivator and urban school turnaround specialist.  He will present a keynote session at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

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Brain Scans: Predicting Male Engagement via Neural Resting States

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Dr. Michael Gurian says that the more words a teacher uses while teaching, the greater the likelihood that the male brain will become bored, drift, sleep or fidget.  In his book, The Minds of Boys, Gurian describes how “the male brain is set to renew, recharge, and reorient itself between tasks by moving to a ‘neural rest state.’”  When imagined how this might manifest in a classroom he writes:

image“With greater blood flow in the brain, girls tend to recharge neural focus without pronounced rest states; thus a girl can be bored with a lesson but keep her eyes open and take notes. Brain scans conducted by Dr. Daniel Amen have shown that in the resting female, there is just as much neural activity as in the male brain solving problems.  Female blood flow during brain rest is very active.  Male blood flow during a rest state is not.”

Tips for supporting male engagement in the classroom:

  • Keep verbal instructions to no more than one minute.
  • Provide “brain breaks” to allow for movement in the classroom.
  • Allow boys (and girls) to be occupied when sitting/listening is required. (Squeeze ball, doodling, pipe cleaners)

Founder of the Gurian Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, Dr. Gurian will present a plenary session entitled Boys and Girls Learn Differently:  Why Gender Based Instruction Works at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

Has Girl Behavior Become the Gold Standard?

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Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute says “being a normal boy is a serious liability in today’s classroom.”

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Watch Christina Sommers’ summation of how boys often struggle in the classroom.

Sommers offers four boy-friendly reforms grade school classrooms could make:

1.  Turn boys into readers.  Boys will read if given materials that interest them.  If you’re looking for suggestions for books that have proved irresistible to boys go to boysread.org.

2.  Inspire the male imagination.  If boys are constantly subject to disapproval for their interests and enthusiasms, they are likely to become disengaged and lag further behind.  Our schools need to work with, not against, the kinetic imaginations of boys.

3.  Zero out zero-tolerance.  Boys are nearly five times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls.  And in grades K-12, boys account for nearly 70% of suspensions, now this is often for minor acts of insubordination and sometimes for entirely innocent behavior.

4.  Bring back recess.  Boys need to work off their energy.  They need to be free to play games they enjoy.  And keeping them cooped up inside all day will not help them learn.

The Boy Brains & Engagement Conference will help educators understand the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  Keynotes and breakout sessions will provide practical strategies for increasing engagement and enhancing academic success.

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Dr. Michael Gurian: Using Story Panels to Boost Writing Skills in Boys

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Dr. Michael Gurian to Keynote Inaugural Boy Brains & Engagement Conference!

Boy Brains & Engagement Speaker Dr. Michael Gurian says that boys are often at a disadvantage when schools teach writing from a verbal perspective – which typically only engages the left brain.  Instead, he believes boys can benefit from a writing approach that engages the visual and spatial elements of the right brain as well.

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Watch Dr. Michael Gurian offer a strategy for helping boys with writing assignments.

Founder of the Gurian Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, Dr. Gurian will present a plenary session entitled Boys and Girls Learn Differently:  Why Gender Based Instruction Works at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.  He will also deliver a keynote session entitled The Minds of Boys: Best Practices for Counseling Boys and Young Men.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  

REGISTER NOW!