Brain-based education expert Marcia Tate had the audience laughing and dancing as she shared strategies for engaging students and helping them learn more efficiently at the 13th Annual Moanalua High School Professional Development Conference on April 12, 2014. Strategies as simple as having jazz music playing the background, welcoming students at the door and getting them to move about the room while taking notes were examples of ways to help students retain information. The brain retains only 10 percent of what it hears 24 hours later, she said, making it imperative for teachers to find ways to get their material to sink into the students' long-term memory. In addition to Tate's keynote and breakout sessions, the 200 participants were able to attend presentations from other teachers from around the state in elementary science, computer coding programs, descriptive feedback, Smarter Balanced assessments, data teams, ACT data analysis and the direction of the state DOE. Feedback from Conference Attendees: "I will highly recommend to our principal that he budget for sending as many teacher leaders as possible next year!"
"These conferences are always life changers: my entire approach to teaching improves dramatically after each conference."
"Marcia Tate was funny, engaging, and inspirational. Just the way that teaching should be."
"Awesome keynote speaker. . . .looking forward to future conferences and presenters."