Two PEN Events on Cerebrodiversity

There’s a fabulous day-long PEN event on Saturday 1/26 that I highly recommend. It’s not free, but it sounds terrific and very worthwhile. Its focus is on something called “cerebrodiversity”, or diversity in brains. I love thinking about learning differences this way. I hope you’ll have a chance to check out these great events! – PMK

In collaboration with the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA), presents:


Welcome to the Future:  Where Diverse Brains Thrive
Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Newgrange School and Education Center

Dyslexia is not a product of a dysfunctional brain, but an example of learning diversity that can excel in the real world outside of school. Unfortunately, a dysfunctional education system often awaits those who learn differently. This talk will describe the value of cerebrodiversity (our species’ collective neural heterogeneity), of which dyslexia is a byproduct, and challenge conventional assumptions about socially and culturally defined disabilities. It will encourage those who struggle with dyslexia, provide a context for understanding dyslexia’s enigmas, and explore solutions for success. Technology also will be a focus of this presentation.

Cerebrodiversity in the Classroom and at Home
Dee Rosenberg, Director of Education, The Newgrange School and Education Center

Dee Rosenberg’s afternoon presentation will provide practical applications for fostering success in students with diverse brains, both at school and at home.  What kinds of teaching methods work best?  How can parents provide a framework for success for students who think and learn differently?

Audience: School age to adult.

Click here for speaker bios

Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 am – 3 pm

Location: St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001-37th Ave., San Francisco

Registration through Jan 25:  $70
Registration at the door Jan 26:  $75

Scholarships available, please call 415-751-2237

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