Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath
Director, Science of Learning Group

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on enhancing teaching and learning practices. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 100 schools internationally. Jared has published 5 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, WIRED, The Economist, and ABC’s Catalyst. He currently serves as Director of the Science of Learning Group: a team dedicated to bringing the latest in brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents alike.


Keynote speech: Science of Learning: The BIG Ideas

In this interactive keynote, participants will first learn how to situate the ‘Science of Learning’ and research within classroom practice. From there, we will explore how the brain works to make sense of reality. Often surprising and counterintuitive, knowing how the brain truly functions will help clarify many thoughts and behaviours we encounter everyday. Building upon this foundational knowledge, we will explore the basic process of human learning. More specifically, we will consider the difference between Bottom-Up and Top-Down processing and what implications this has for learning and skill transfer.

Following this keynote, participants will be able to define the concepts of modularity, synaptic connections, and bottom-up vs. top-down processing. In addition, participants will be able to explicate how these three processes work together during the basic learning process.

Workshop #1: The Learning Trajectory – from Shallow to Deep to Transfer

How do human beings take in, personalize, and apply new ideas? Pooling concepts from neuroscience, psychology, and education, this interactive session will explore the Learning Trajectory – from Shallow to Deep to Transfer. Using Learning Intentions as a throughline to explore this trajectory, participants will learn how to specify and align tasks & assessments to different stages of human learning.

Workshop #2: 12 Principles of Human Learning

During this interactive workshop, participants will explore 12 principles of human learning. Derived from brain, behavioral, and educational research, these principles are foundational cognitive patterns relevant to effective teaching and learning across all levels. In addition, participants will consider how to translate and apply these principles to the classroom.


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