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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Thursday, July 21 • 10:30am - 11:35am
GeekSox: Beyond the Curriculum

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The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine.” Alex Korb, PhD

“When threatening conditions do not exist, the Reticular Activating System focuses its attention on stimuli that arouse curiosity. This is the “key to the gate.” The brain seeks input about the new, the unexpected, the colorful, musical, moving, aromatic sensations.” Dr. Judy Willis

The best educators elicit curiosity and innovation in their students through passion, competence, and connection. The day to day demands of curriculum and protocol can often feel overwhelming in a world where a clear mind contributes to our best work. Neuroscientists and psychologists have routinely proven the importance of culture in education. ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ focuses on the importance that school culture plays in our quest to reinforce a growth mindset and will provide attendees with some simple take-aways that result in a culture where staff, students, and families are encouraged to communicate authentically, learn creatively, and contribute passionately. The formula shared is simple with implications that will last a lifetime.

In just over an hour, we will share inspiring stories of success that have resulted from the effective use of peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. An approach founded in social-emotional well-being has led to the transformation of students and educators on a multitude of levels. Leave smiling with simple take-aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think.

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Aaron Polansky

Administrator, Old Colony RVTHS
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza