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Online Book Study - Spring 2014

Thank you for your interest in our Spring Online Book Study. This course is closed for the Spring 2014 session, but stay tuned for info on our Fall Online Book Study.

Professional Development Workshop

February 17, 2014 - May 12, 2014 (Spring Semester)

Mind, Brain, and Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom Book Image
by David Sousa, Ed.D.

“Teaching, like early medicine, was essentially an art form … the brain remains an enormously complex wonder that still guards many secrets. … we are slowly pulling back the veil and gaining insights that have implications for teaching and learning … Exploring these chapters will give the reader a sense of where this new field of educational neuroscience is now, and where it is headed”
(from the Introduction, p. 2).

Educators (Pre-K through 12th grade), home educators, school and college administrators, school psychologists and mental health professionals will benefit from this in-depth study of how recent research on the brain can influence school structures and pedagogy. These recent discoveries of the living brain provide an opportunity to reconsider how the art of teaching can become the science of teaching.

This book contains important potential to transform how we teach and how our students learn. By participating in this workshop, you will be prepared to apply current neuroscience findings to your profession. You will be challenged to develop an understanding of students and learning that fits within your faith.

Join us for this asynchronous online study, which allows you to participate at times most convenient for you while interacting with your classmates and the facilitator. This workshop will be formatted as a twelve (12) week online book discussion. Participants will read one chapter from Sousa’s book each week, discussing the content and its application to school and to their work. Graduate and continuing education credits are available. Participants must purchase their own copy of the book.

Meet Your Facilitator: Philip Stegink

  • Director of Educational Services, CLC Network 
  • Assistant Professor of Special Education, Calvin College 
  • Adjunct Professor of Education, Dordt College 
  • B.S. Calvin College, 1978: Elementary Education Teaching Certificate, Grades K-8 Social Studies Group and Special Education
  • Endorsement Grand Valley State University, 1978: Cognitive Impairment and Emotional Impairment 
  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado, 1980: Learning Disabilities, Grades K-12


Registration and Credit Options:

  • Guest Status, No Credit: $120 
  • 30 State of Michigan SCECH Credits: $160
  • 3 State of Iowa Continuing Education Credits: $160  
  • 1 Graduate Credit, Calvin College: $270 
  • 1 Graduate Credit, Dordt College: $370

What are past participants saying?


"I was really challenged to make changes and incorporate practices that help my kids think and engage in learning."

"This online book study was a new experience for me and I truly enjoyed it. Phil did a great job with the set up directions as well as weekly thought provoking questions and feedback."

"The best part about being in an online discussion rather than taking a one day crash course is that one ends up thinking about the topic over a longer period of time. Also, not having to take time out to attend a class is also wonderful!"

"This was a great way to take a class. It was easy to work into my already busy schedule."

"I love the online discussion format. It allows me to be home with my kids, yet still interact with fellow educators."


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