School Climates Workshop: Promoting Social Emotional Learning and Addressing Discipline
(For workshop information visit: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/implementing-brain-aligned-school-climates)
Featured Speaker Bio
Dr. Lori Desautels is an Assistant Professor at both undergraduate and graduate programs at Butler University. Before coming to Butler, Lori was an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis. Lori taught emotionally troubled students in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center. Lori was a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit.
Lori's passion is engaging her students through neuroscience in education, integrating Mind Brain Teaching and learning principles and strategies into her courses at Butler. Lori has conducted workshops throughout the United States and Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning creating two webinars and a series of articles for “Inside the School,” an online publication originating from Madison Wisconsin. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She recently was published in the Brain Research Journal for math and sciences for her work in the fifth grade classrooms this year during a faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools. Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in counseling education from Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation from Indiana University and AIHT. Lori's website is at www.revelationsineducation.com. Lori has written a book entitled, "How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education" published in March of 2012. She has currently published a second book, entitled, “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System”, co-authoring with educator Mr. Michael McKnight. Lori and Michael McKnight are currently working on their second book together which will debut in the winter of 2019.
Guest Speaker Bios
10/11/18 - Special Ed/Para Professional Focus
Sara Midura, B. Ed., is currently the Educational Liaison on the Simon Skjodt Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at Riley Hospital for Children where she works with students and school staff around the state to help support their transition back to school from a crisis hospitalization. After completing her Applied Educational Neuroscience Certification in May 2018, Sara took Dr. Lori’s work and implemented it onto the Behavioral Health Unit to help teach patients about the neuroscience behind their therapies (DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, etc.) and to empower them to advocate for their needs in school. She is also working on a transition initiative with The Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison (HEAL) Association, a national organization for hospital educators, in order to educate others on the need for transitions from behavioral health hospitalizations, all with the Applied Educational Neuroscience framework in mind.
Courtney Boyle is a special education teacher on a mission, a mission to support, advocate, and magnify the voices and individual needs of students. A true lifelong learner, Courtney is incredibly passionate about understanding the neuroanatomy and neurodevelopment of children with disabilities. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Butler University with a major in elementary education and minors in special education and reading Courtney became the first Reggio Emilia inspired special education teacher at the IPS/Butler University Laboratory School. Courtney recently earned her certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience and is the creator and curator of B.R.A.I.N., brainsunderstandingbrains.com, a website designed to connect the dots between the research, strategies, and people who make Applied Educational Neuroscience a reality. A self-proclaimed “education nerd,” Courtney is pursuing her graduate degree in Effective Teaching and Leadership at her alma mater, Butler University, and plans to pursue her doctoral degree focusing on educational neuroscience, special education, and teacher education.
10/12/18 - 2nd - 5th Grade Focus
Becky Pokrandt has been working in Indianapolis Public Schools as a teacher for four years. She is currently working towards a masters degree in Education for Effective Teaching and Leadership from Butler University, and has completed Dr. Lori Desautels' certificate program in Applied Educational Neuroscience. Becky is passionate about this discipline, and has been working to implement applied educational neuroscience strategies in her classroom, school, and IPS at large. Becky looks forward to sharing with you how these practices have revolutionized her teaching to better support those around her.
Jennifer Wittrup has been working in Merrillville Public Schools for over 20 years, 16 of those in third grade. Jennifer graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. She recently earned a Certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience from Butler University. There is an urgent need to re-design and re-think the way we discipline and teach our students. She is very passionate about applying neuroscience to the way she interacts with students as well as her colleagues and has experienced great successes with students. Educational neuroscience is a change in mindset and a way of being with students.
11/9/18 - Middle School Focus/High School Focus
Deanna Nibarger is the Social and Emotional Behavior Coach in MSD Washington Township. In this capacity, Deanna teaches, plans, shares leads and facilitates opportunities to engage students, faculty and staff illustrating the importance of neuroanatomy, the brain’s stress response and calming the brain through self-regulation. Through Parent/Teacher meetings, brain lessons in the classroom, and faculty professional development opportunities, she continues to walk alongside educators, students, and the community at large sharing her depth of knowledge in this field. Deanna attended Indiana University as part of the Teaching All Learners Program and earned a double major in Elementary and Special Education. Deanna earned her Masters Degree from Butler’s prestigious Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) program in 2016. Deanna has also received a Neuroscience Certificate from Butler University.
Michael Cox has been a middle school and high school educator for 23 years. He has served as a teacher, coach, athletics director, dean, and assistant principal. He is currently the Principal at North Montgomery High School where he and his team have begun a plan to use brain-aligned strategies in their teaching, student support and discipline practices. Michael, the assistant principal and the director of student services at North Montgomery all hold Certificates of Applied Educational Neuroscience from Butler University and are firm believers in teaching students about the power they have to change their brains for the better.
Jon Guthrie is into his 12th year as a high school educator, all while at North Montgomery High School. He served as a science teacher for 7 years and was named the Indiana Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Educator in 2013, as well as having coached varsity tennis and the science academic team those 7 years. Jon is in his 5th year as the assistant principal at North Montgomery and was a graduate of Butler’s EPPSP program as a part of Group 30 as well as recently earning a Certificate of Applied Educational Neuroscience through Butler with Dr. Lori Desautels as the instructor. He has been a part of helping design and implement North Montgomery High School's neuroscience curriculum where teachers are sitting alongside students and learning about their neurobiology together.
12/21/18 - Administrator Focus
Kimberly Piper is currently the Director of Elementary Education in Washington Township Schools. She has held this position for the last three and a half years. Prior to becoming the Director of Elementary Education, Kim was the principal at Crooked Creek Elementary School for six and a half years. This is where she met Dr. Lori Desautels and introduced her staff and the district to Educational Neuroscience practices in the classroom. Kim was a classroom teacher in Washington Township for 1o years and an assistant principal in Carmel Clay Schools for 2 years. Kim is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she studied Psychology and obtained her Elementary Education endorsement. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Butler University.
Dr. Colleen Moran has been with North Montgomery since 2001. Prior to becoming the superintendent in July of 2010, she served as director of teaching and learning and assistant superintendent. She previously served the Department of Education as associate director of the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA). Prior to IPLA she served in various administrative roles at Western Boone County Community Schools. Dr. Moran received her Superintendent License and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Administration/Leadership in 2005 from Indiana State University, her Administrative License and Masters of Science in Educational Leadership in 1998 from Butler University and her in Elementary Teaching License and Bachelor of Science in Education in 1991 from Indiana University.
2/7/19 - Pre-K - 1st Grade (Early Childhood) Focus
Diane Pike is the Director of Outreach and Professional Development for St. Mary’s Child Center. She offers coaching in the community and professional development which centers on the Reggio philosophy and Best Practices. She was formerly a Building Administrator at 2 Early Learning Centers in Lawrence Township (Indianapolis); she has also taught preschool and kindergarten. Diane earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University, and her Master’s degree in School Administration is from Butler University (EPPSP). Diane has also earned National Board certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. She has been an adjunct professor for Ivy Tech and Butler University, teaching courses on early childhood, Reggio influences, and project work. Diane has presented at both state and national conferences. She is a member of the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.
Connie Sherman has spent 35 years working in the field of early childhood education. She holds a B.S. from Purdue University and a M.S. in Education from Butler University. Connie has studied the Reggio philosophy in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Connie is the Executive Director at St. Mary’s Child Center, having served as an Educator and the Director of the Early Childhood program at St. Mary’s. Connie served on the Board of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, is a member of the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. She currently is a member of the Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Child Development and Well Being Work Group. Connie was the Recipient of the Early Care and Education Award (2004) and the Legislative Award (2009) from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children.