April 26, 2015

Applying brain power to education

Penn GSE’s Center for School Study Councils (CSSC) took learning about the brain—and learning with the brain—to a whole new level with a visit to The Franklin Institute science museum.

Superintendents around a multimedia exhibit

Harris Sokoloff and area superintendents explore the Franklin Institute exhibit.

CSSC is a robust professional learning community for superintendents that has been meeting monthly at Penn since 1943, and plays a key role in developing and promoting best practices for the region’s K-12 education leaders.

The most recent meeting, organized by Penn GSE’s Harris Sokoloff, invited superintendents to the famed science museum to gain cutting-edge insights from the Institute’s experts on learning and the brain. More than 60 participants from 43 districts and intermediate units in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware attended.

Superintendents and their guests explored their host’s newest permanent exhibition, Your Brain, and immediately engaged in small group discussions applying key findings from the research to school practice. Another highlight of the day was a panel discussion about the museum’s partnership with the Bensalem School District focused on brain-based professional development for teachers.

Female superintendent climbing rope exhibit

The interactive exhibit offered many opportunites for play

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