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Big Ideas in Neuroscience: Brains, Behavior and Engagement for Students and SPED Leaders


Dr. Lori Desautels

Assistant Professor at Butler University

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning
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How brains uniquely develop impacts learning, social-emotional well-being and relationships. Understanding neurodiversity is essential for educators to create a positive learning climate for all students. Special educators will gain new strategies that best “prime” every brain for engagement, keep the stress response in check, and keep executive functions active and awake. Educators’ brains are part of the equation, too, because the teaching process is part of a living system where relationships open doors to higher level cognition and well-being. Attendees will gain valuable insight for rethinking behavior management more as behavior engagement by modeling a mindset that promotes equity and a mutual respect.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Lori Desautels is an Assistant Professor at Butler University in Indianapolis with a focus on educational neuroscience, trauma and special education. Before coming to Butler, Lori taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Marian University in Indianapolis, worked as a school counselor in Wayne Township in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit. Lori has conducted workshops and professional development throughout the United States and in Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning. Lori holds a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in counseling from Indiana University, and Ph.D. from The American Institute of Holistic Theology with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation. Lori has authored two books entitled, "How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education" and her most recent , co-authored with Michael McKnight is entitled “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System,” published by McKenzie Wyatt in January of 2016. Lori is a featured writer for Edutopia, an international online publication for educators.

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