Wabash Valley Education Center

*Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math (6-12) - National Presenter, John Almarode!

Getting students engaged in learning and keeping them engaged is one of the toughest challenges in today's science and mathematics classrooms. So how do we do it? How do we get our students to the edge of their seats for new science and math learning? Recent brain research confirms what we as teachers have believed for years, we don't pay attention to boring things. This exciting, out of your seat workshop looks at the key 'must have' ingredients for maximum engagement in your middle and secondary science classroom. Participants start with captivating students and discovering what grabs the brain's attention, making it thirsty for new learning. Then, experience the necessary steps to activating the brain so that it's 'rocking and rolling' in the classroom. Finally, keeping the brain engaged requires an invigorating experience that keeps students coming back for more...every day! This amazing workshop links the most recent research on keeping the brain engaged in the science and math content. Participants will walk away, raring to go, with instant ideas and strategies that will have every student captivated, activated, and invigorated! Brought to you by WVEC and CIESC, this workshop is presented by John Almarode.

This workshop will be held at the Herman B. Wells Community Center - Lebanon High School.


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Dr. John Almarode has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments. He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers in countries as far away as Australia, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, and Thailand. 


Prior to devoting all of his time to PreK – 12 schools and classrooms, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education and the Co-Director of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach. At James Madison University, he worked with pre-service teachers in elementary science methods, and actively pursued his research interests including the science of learning, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning. 


The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United States Congress, Virginia Senate, at the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. 


John began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching mathematics and science to a wide-range of students.  Since then, John has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and books including Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 - 12 (Corwin Press, 2013), From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers (Corwin Press, 2018), both with Ann Miller, and Visible Learning for Science, with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin Press, 2018). He is currently working on a book focusing on clarity in learning with Kara Vandas, as well as Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8, and Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 9-12 with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie, all with Corwin Press. He is also the co-editor of the Teacher Educator’s Journal


However, what really sustains John, and his greatest accomplishment is his family. John lives in Waynsboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and labrador retreivers, Angel and Forest.



Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)

Location: Herman B. Wells Community Center

Cost: $125.00/member or $250/non-member*

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana ESC. Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.
**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.







Registration open through 4/7/2019 11:45 PM EST

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Herman B. Wells Community Center

Lebanon High School
510 Essex Drive
Lebanon, IN 46052

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