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Educational Neuroscience Symposium

Educators, parents and the community at large want nothing more than for our students to feel successful and excited to learn, and to understand the importance of their education. Our students want to feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into our classrooms each day. Underneath all behaviors, words and experiences there sometimes lies a six letter word that literally can change us for a lifetime. What is trauma? When we hear this word, we tend to think of severe neglect or abusive experiences and relationships. This is not necessarily true. A traumatized brain can also be a tired, hungry, worried, rejected, or detached brain expressing feelings of isolation, worry, angst, and fear. In youth, anger is often the bodyguard for deep feelings of fear. Trauma-filled experiences can be sudden or subtle, but the neurobiological changes from negative experiences cause our emotional brain to create a sensitized fear response. 

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2018 Applied Educational Neuroscience Fall Conference

September 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Shelton Auditorium, South Campus, Butler University
Objectives of the conference:
  1. Educators will come away with a deepened understanding of how brain development is affected by adversity and how we can use brain aligned strategies to prime the brain for regulation and cognition.
  2. Educators will come away with a plethora of brain aligned strategies that address brain stem, limbic system and cortical functioning addressing regulation and attachment.
  3. Educators will come away with an understanding of how the framework of applied educational neuroscience looks in districts, schools and classrooms.



Dr. Lori Desautels

11:00-11:45am Dr. Brandie Oliver
11:45-12:45 Lunch (provided)
1:00-2:00 Breakout Session #1
2:15-3:15 Breakout Session #2
3:15-3:30 Closing
3:30-4:00 Q&A with all presenters (optional)


Workshop Descriptions | Choose two workshops for breakout sessions

Dr. David Hoffert – Superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools

Dr. Hoffert will explore how SEL is positively addressed through applied educational neuroscience into a large public school district. Dr. Hoffert will share the plans this district is embracing with regard to how this framework will support teachers, bus drivers, administrators and especially students and their families. 


Dr. Tom Oestreich – Assistant Superintendent, MSD of Washington Township

Dr. Oestreich will share how applied educational neuroscience has been implemented throughout the Washington Township district into every school and beyond addressing the mental health of educators, parents and students.


Mr. Walt Nordstrom – Diagnostic Program Lead Teacher - MSD Washington Township

Mr. Nordstrom will share what the discipline of applied educational neuroscience looks like in our secondary classrooms and how he has built this framework into routines, procedures and everyday instructional practices.


Ms. Karianne Polk-Meek – Principal, Starr Elementary School, Richmond Community Schools

Mrs. Polk -Meek will share how classrooms and schools in the Richmond schools have implemented applied educational neuroscience in their buildings and districts through brain aligned instruction building regulation and relationships.


Ms. Sarah Desautels Dorsey – Mississippi Schools

Mrs. Desautels Dorsey will share how as a first year educator she implemented the framework of applied educational neuroscience into a self-contained classroom of emotionally disturbed students within a school district that was 100% free and reduced lunch in south Mississippi. Sarah will share how regulation and relationship drove up her test scores with significant  improvement in behaviors and emotional well-being.


Mr. Michael Cox – Principal and Mr. Jonathan Guthrie – Assistant Principal, North Montgomery High  School

Mr. Cox and Mr. Guthrie will share how North Montgomery high school is rolling out a school wide plan to implement the strategies of applied educational neuroscience building connection and regulation addressing the needs of both educators and students.


Dr. Brandie Oliver – Associate Professor of School Counseling, Butler University

Dr. Oliver will share her work in applied education as it relates to restorative practices and the adolescent brain. Dr. Oliver will share how this work has mediated the dysregulation and the building of relationships within the districts she has intimately worked beside.  


  • Registration Fee is $100
  • Lunch is provided
  • Select two (2) workshops only
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Parking Information: Butler University South Campus, 4250 Haughey Avenue,  Indianapolis, IN  46208



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Lori Desautels, PhD