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Early Childhood Brain Research Seminar

Released: 05/27/2008

The Louisiana Dept. of Education and LSU at Alexandria are sponsoring a seminar on brain research as it relates to early childhood learning June 5 in Coughlin Hall on campus. Dr. Pam Schiller, a noted author and brain research specialist, will discuss methods to build a foundation for learning.

Early childhood teachers can register for the seminar with Loren Barrios at the Dept. of Education, 1-877-453-2721, 225-342-3372 or loren.barrios@la.gov. The seminar is titled “What Are They Doing in That Early Childhood Class and Why? A New Look at an Early Childhood Classroom Based on Brain Research.” Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. The seminar will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon.

LSUA assistant professor of education Susan Myrick said developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood programs are strongly encouraged by the Dept. of Education. “Dr. Schiller has done outstanding research in brain function, and we are very fortunate to have her as a presenter. Studies have shown that active exploration, repetition, sensory exploration and laughter can boost brain power, and the seminar is designed to show teachers how to use these activities to stimulate learning.”