Presentation Title

Why are Children Developmentally Unprepared to Learn? How Brain Science and Action Based Learning are Revolutionizing Education

Primary Presenter Brief Bio

Cindy McGarvey has dedicated her career to improving the health and well being of her students and staff through active healthy lifestyles. McGarvey taught K12 Health and Physical Education during her 35 year career.

Cindy’s success story began by implementing the “NEW PE” curriculum for K12 students in Ephrata, PA, which included daily physical education for her K2 students. The success of this program, led to the co-founding of Action Based Learning™ with partner Jean Blaydes. Action Based Learning™ is now used in schools all over the world.

Over the course of her career, McGarvey has been recognized as a Leader in Physical Education and received such awards as Pennsylvania’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the state's Professional Honor Award, and a list of local awards in her home state of Pennsylvania.

As an Action Based Learning™ Lab Trainer, Cindy’s expertise is in helping educators understand and apply the 12 key Foundations of Learning Readiness to better impact their students. McGarvey's passion for studying all things related to movement, learning, and development, is clearly shown in her presentations- which are PACKED with ways to apply the most recent research to the classroom! Her trainings focus on preparing the early brain for learning by assessing and filling in developmental gaps. More in-depth sessions include hands-on instruction on a series of progressions and Action Based Learning™ stations, each designed to prepare the brain for input and processing.

Her innovative, creative ideas have revolutionized elementary education nationwide.

Type of Presentation

Workshop

Location

Session Two Breakouts: Room 2048

Topic Category

Strand 2: Nurturing Healthy Children

Targeted Age Group

Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary/Afterschool

Targeted Audience

Family Child Care, Child Care Center, Directors/Administrators, Early Intervention Providers, After-School Providers, Primary Grades

Brief Session Description

How to identify and "fill in" developmental gaps (the brain uses its motor patterns as the framework for learning) using developmental movement derived from The 12 Foundations of Learning Readiness specific to Action Based Learning™.

Full Session Description

A child’s mental development is based in part on his/her early motor development. The brain begins to wire up its ability to process information using the body’s systems of balance, coordination, vestibular and motor movement. As the brain and body begin to work together to process motor sequences and patterns such as rolling over, crawling, walking and jumping, the brain creates the pathways used for processing sequences used in reading and math; these motor patterns are the framework for learning.

Where there are developmental gaps, children are unprepared to learn. These gaps prevent the brain from processing and retaining information thus making learning difficult and frustrating. Childhood trauma, poor nutrition, lack of exposure to developmental movement opportunities, lack of sleep, little or no play time or exercise, little or no exposure to group interactions and lack of outdoor play are key contributors.

Attendees will learn solutions that identify and "fill in" developmental gaps and how to create an environment of developmental movement using The 12 Foundations of Movement specific to Action Based Learning™. Also included, addressing behavioral issues by reversing the effects of toxic stress as recommended by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California.

Start Date

25-1-2020 1:15 PM

End Date

25-1-2020 2:45 PM

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Jan 25th, 1:15 PM Jan 25th, 2:45 PM

Why are Children Developmentally Unprepared to Learn? How Brain Science and Action Based Learning are Revolutionizing Education

Session Two Breakouts: Room 2048

How to identify and "fill in" developmental gaps (the brain uses its motor patterns as the framework for learning) using developmental movement derived from The 12 Foundations of Learning Readiness specific to Action Based Learning™.