Recently, Jason Sebell and I spent three days at the Learning & the Brain Conference in San Francisco. We attended for several reasons: to learn more about emerging neuroscience research, to determine the extent to which new “brain-learning aligned” practices have been identified, to see how our own practices aligned with this emerging information, and to determine how we must continue to learn and grow so that we can live into our mission to help children build the skills they will need to be successful and fulfilled human beings.
Over the next several weeks, we will continue to process what we learned, and to follow up on the threads of learning that we identified as important to our work as out-of-school-time educators. I was pleased to discover that my undergraduate alma mater, UC Berkeley, has created the Greater Good Science Center to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and determine how to best teach skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
Thanks to my colleague, Laurie Rinke, who attended the conference with us and found this resource on the Greater Good website. I offer it as a first installment of the many things we will share over the coming months to keep you up to date with the science of learning, life skills development and strengthening, and fulfillment: