Symposium Resources

Here you'll find the slides, handouts, and additional resources from MIND Research Institute’s Deeper Learning Symposium.  At this event, participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions with pioneers in neuroscience, education, math and public policy. If you can't find a particular resource from the Symposium, please contact info@mindresearch.org.

 Presentations 

The Four Neural Subsystems of Learning

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Advances in brain research have moved educators closer than ever before to teaching math the way the brain actually learns. Journey with us to uncover a neuroscience-based, unifying theory that interconnects disparate approaches to dramatically transform education.

HANDOUTS 
Download The Four Neural Subsystems Rubric

ADDITIONAL READING
Meet the Mastermind Behind an Innovative, New Way to Teach Math
Active vs. Passive: The Science of Learning
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Infographic: Brains, Games and Learning
Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT: THE DIFFERENCE A GAME MAKES

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Everyone loves a good game, especially the young minds of our students. Learn how to leverage the unique motivation and excitement that is coupled with game-play to provide high-quality instruction that is both fun and effective. Hear from the experts about the transforming power of games and best-practices for educators who want to innovate their learning environments through game-based instruction.

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ADDITIONAL READING
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Infographic: How Game-based Learning Can Support Strong Mathematical Practices 
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The Best Lesson: Learning from Failure 
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Making Educational Games “Tantalizingly Tricky” 
The Role of Parents and Teachers in Game-based Learning 
 
11 Lessons About Game-based Learning and STEM Education

INNOVATIVE BLENDED LEARNING: PROMOTING A PARADIGM SHIFT

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Blended learning is more than an buzzword: it is a revolutionary way to engage students in deeper learning. Experience blended learning from the perspective of two practitioners who are changing the way their schools teach. Discuss the importance of using technology as a strategic instructional tool and how to create an atmosphere that encourages educators to truly innovate their learning environments.

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HANDOUTS 
Download The STEM 2026 Vision  
Download Gears of Blended Learning

ADDITIONAL READING
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Blended Learning Models and Best Practices from Blended 

CREATIVE MATHEMATICS: BEYOND THE ACADEMICS

Presented By
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Food is considered creative and experiential, by why isn't math? Hear from a brilliant pair, full time math professor and podiatrist, part time executive chef and sommelier. Draw upon the amazing parallels of mathematics and the culinary arts. Realize the power and necessity of mathematical creativity and taste some wine while you're at it!

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ADDITIONAL READING
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Taste of Math: An Event Showcasing the Flavor of Math

EQUITABLE ACCESS: DISCOVER THE TRUE POWER OF LANGUAGE

Presented By 
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What does it feel like in today’s math classrooms for English language learners? Take a deep dive with leading ELL education advocate and expert, Kathleen Leos, into the importance of teaching mathematical language and concepts simultaneously and how to make this a reality in your schools, classrooms and communities. Discover why good teaching methods for English language learners are good teaching methods for all.

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ADDITIONAL READING
Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learner  
What's Making a Difference in Math Education for ELLs?

What If You Held Your Math Program Accountable for Long-Lasting Impact?

QUALITY INSTRUCTION TO THE CORE

Presented By 
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Whether, to your teachers, the Common Core is a close companion or a dreaded obligation, there still is much to learn! How can school leaders leverage the shifts of the Common Core to change math teaching? Common Core curriculum designer, Jill Diniz, shares her insider's perspective on what it takes to provide students with the highest quality math instruction.

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HANDOUTS 
Common Core State Standards  
Where to Focus: Grade 2 Mathematics

ADDITIONAL READING
Common Core Standards and A New Year Opportunity to Reinvigorate Math 
E-Book: What is Math Rigor 

INSIDE THE CURIOUS MIND OF A MATHEMATICIAN

Presented By 
Alissa Crans 

What do mathematicians do on a day to day basis? Being a mathematician has little to do with arithmetic or number crunching and more to do with asking questions and exploring where those questions lead. Learn how curiosity, rather than calculation, is the ultimate mathematical superpower and how educators can foster this level of engagement and interest in their own math classrooms.

ADDITIONAL READING
A Day in the Life of a Mathematician: Games, Great Challenges & Learning

NEURAL-CHARGED LEARNING RESOURCES

GAME-A-THON 

Game-a-thon Official Website
• 11 Lessons About Game-based Learning and STEM Education

GAME-A-THON HANDOUTS
Game Design Blueprint - a tool to help students plan and design their game 
 Become a Game Designer - a list of steps game designers go through to create a game
Make Your Own Game - a tool to help students organize their game

3D PRINTING
Making Math 3D
Clever Ways to Use Math Manipulatives with EdTech to Facilitate Deeper Learning

3D PRINTING FILES 
Cookie Cups
Line Through Hyperbola
 Shape to Line

 Uphill Cone 

MATHEMATIZED GAMES
 Achi
 Tarumbeta
 Gulugufe
Dara
Fanorona


PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
 Families Who Problem-Solve Together STEM Together
 
 Getting parents involved in STEM and STEAM education

The ST Math game-based program incorporates the latest research in neuroscience and learning to promote mastery-based mathematical understanding.

Learn More About ST Math

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