2017 USTA Conference
"The Science of Learning"
February 10, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm
at the Marriott Hotel Convention Center
101 W 100 N, Provo, UT
Keynote Speaker: Ken Wesson
“The Science of Learning”
The Science of Learning--key slides from Dr. Ken Wesson's keynote presentation
Articles: BRAIN-STEM and From STEM to ST2REAM: Reassembling Our Disaggregated Curriculum by Dr. Ken Wesson
Emotions and Ed by Dr. Ken Wesson
How does the human brain learn, and what can educators do to capitalize on the concealed processes by which it quietly operates inside a “cranial vault”? We have learned more about the brain in the past five years, than in all of our previous human history combined. Classroom practitioners should be given regular professional development opportunities focused exclusively on the operational nature of the young brains that teachers are attempting to impact and change for the better on a daily basis.
It has been said that the next great journey for humankind will not take place in outer space, but in the inner space of the human brain. The latest research in cognitive neuroscience allows educators to better understand what is happening inside the cerebral "inner space" of the biological minds that enter our classrooms every day. This keynote presentation will aid in answering the question, "If it's your job to develop the mind, shouldn't you know how the brain works?"
Kenneth Wesson is a former higher education faculty member and administrator. He delivers keynote addresses on the neuroscience of learning for educational organizations and institutions throughout the United States and overseas. His audiences range from early childhood specialists to university-level educators. Wesson’s international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world’s seven continents. His research is frequently published and referenced in Parents Magazine, HealthNet, and the journal Brain World.
Wesson regularly addresses audience on the subject of “brain-considerate” learning environments. In addition to his speeches on the neuroscience of learning, Wesson speaks on the subjects of early brain development, design and engineering, STEM and ST2REAM, and contextual learning. Wesson also serves on the advisory boards for the Korean Institute of Brain Science, Kids at Science, and the International Association of STEM Leaders. He is an active member of Scientists without Borders and he can be seen on PBS specials on human learning and the teenage brain.
More information about Ken Wessen.
Kenneth Wesson is a former college and university-level faculty member and administrator. He delivers keynote addresses on the neuroscience of learning for educational organizations and institutions throughout the United States and overseas. His audiences range from early childhood specialists to college and university-level educators. His international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world seven continents. His research is frequently published and referenced in Parents Magazine and the journal Brain World.
Wesson regularly addresses educational organizations, counseling associations, school districts and parenting organizations on the subject of “brain-considerate” learning environments. In addition to his speeches on the neuroscience of learning, Wesson speaks on the subjects of early brain development, design and engineering, STEM and STREAM, contextual learning, and curriculum development. Wesson also serves on the advisory board for the Korean Institute of Brain Science.
At the 2012 STEM Forum and Expo sponsored by the NSTA, Wesson and NASA astronaut Mary Ellen Weber delivered the keynote addresses. His keynote addresses are frequently grounded in the question, “If It’s Your Job to Develop the Mind, Shouldn’t You Know How the Brain Works?” His Brain-STEM presentations focus on merging brain science and the goals of STEM education.
The NSTA and Shell Oil Company identify 4-6 people annually, who they recognize for making unique contributions to science research and education. Those individuals (the "Shell Science Scholars") are invited to address the members of the NSTA at their annual conference and are also honored at a special reception. This group includes the 1998 Nobel Prize winner for Physics, the Director of the Human Genome Project and Kenneth Wesson, who was recognized in 2011 for the second time within the past decade – a “first” for Shell Science Scholars. The NSTA is the world's largest educational organization (scientists, researchers and science educators) with over 53,000 members dedicated to the improvement of science education.
Wesson has been profiled in “Who's Who in Science and Engineering,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who's Who in America.”
Thank you to all of our generous Donors:
Sorensen Legacy Foundation
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Casey Dittman, Mt. View Golf course
Hampton Inn, Richfield Utah
Redmond Salt Mine
Denny's, Salina, Utah
Texas Road House, Riverton, Utah
Hale Center Theater, West Valley City, Utah
Kendra Leigh Photography and Video
Sub Zero Ice cream
Blue Bird Resteraunt
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Black Bear Diner
Cafe Rio Restaurant
Costa Vida Restaurant
Home Depot, American Fork, Utah
Pioneer Theatre Company
Cottonwood Heights Parks & Recreation Center
Stokes Nature Center
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
Ogden's George's Eccles Dinosaur Park
iFly Indoor Sky Diving
Willow Park Zoo
Asian Star Resteraunt
Lowes, Riverton, Utah
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Parking will be limited at the Marriott Hotel (Provo) and in the surrounding area. Please consider taking the public transportation (Frontrunner Train) or carpooling.