University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Educational Leadership

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Educational Leadership

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Professionals
  • Other: Master's Students in Principal Preparation

Approximate Number of People Reached:

12 directly (in the workshop), hundreds indirectly (their students and fellow teachers and administrators in K-12 schools)

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

My overall goal is to incorporate more information regarding the Science of Learning into our Principal Preparation program, the Master’s in School Administration. My goal is to create learning environments in which future principals come to understand and value the importance of learning and the brain, rather than just different models of instruction. I cover the required curriculum in the Instructional Leadership course, and I also insert use of the textbook, How the Brain Learns by David Sousa (latest edition always). Our chapters on gender differences and brain organization typically coincides with BAW and I make the students aware of BAW and the organization. Within our BAW classes this semester, students learned about brain parts (such as different lobes and structures such as the amygdala, hippocampus, corpus callosum, etc…) and implications for learning in classrooms (importance of nutrition, movement, etc.). The photos show the students labeling swim caps to show different brain parts (this was a creative idea of one of the students).

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Course Syllabus

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

I have not looked to grow this activity beyond my students, however, the outgrowth has been that I have been invited to speak at many of the students's about how the brain learns and the implications for schools. I now prepare my own graduate students to take on this role and become experts on delivering their own professional development on the brain and learning at their schools.

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Having filled out this report is going to help tremendously as I will make all of my students aware of the many resources provided by BAW. Thank you! (I always mention BAW in class, but was not aware of the available resources – THANK YOU!)

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Have students or other participants log onto the BAW website during presentations to increase awareness of the resources of the website.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


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Contact Information

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Rebecca Shore

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