Annual Neurodiversity Symposium

April 30, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

$1 – $84.99

The LaFetra College of Education’s Center for Neurodiversity, Learning, and Wellness (CNLW) is excited to announce that our 5th annual symposium will focus on the groundbreaking work of Zaretta Hammond, M.A. and Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.

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Zaretta Hammond, M.A. is a national consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Corwin, 2015).

She is a former high school and community college expository writing instructor. For the past 20 years, she has supported schools and other institutions in deepening their understanding and application of culturally responsive practices. She currently runs the Culturally Responsive Education by Design Online PLC, a 6-month intensive, inquiry-based professional learning experience to build instructional capacity to use culturally responsive tools and practices effectively.

Ms. Hammond is a strong literacy advocate who sits on the Board of Trustees for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Consortium for Reading Education (CORE).

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD is a Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education (CANDLE). A former urban public junior high-school science teacher, she earned her doctorate at Harvard University in 2005 in human development and psychology and completed her postdoctoral training in social-affective neuroscience with Antonio Damasio in 2008.

Since then she has received numerous awards for her research and impact on education and society, among them an Honor Coin from the U.S. Army, a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles, a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences editorial board, and early career achievement awards from the AERA, the AAAS, the APS, the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES), and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation (FABBS).

Immordino-Yang was a 2018-2019 Spencer Foundation mid-career fellow. She served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee writing How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts and Cultures, and on the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.

Currently Immordino-Yang is conducting several funded, multiyear neurobiological research studies on adolescent students and their teachers. She is serving on the advisory board of the UNESCO World Education Assessment, and as past president of IMBES, among other national and international roles.

Register Today

  • Register before March 1, 2022: $49.99 Early Bird price
  • Register after March 1, 2022:
    • ULV community (staff, faculty, students, and alumni): $64.99
    • Non ULV community: $84.99

To register, click here.

Schedule of Events

This is a highly interactive symposium that includes brain-based activities that model best practices for diverse learners. In-Person and Online options are available.

Time Activity
8:00-9:00am Sign-in/ Breakfast Refreshments
8:45-9:15am Opening Session with Dr. Niki Elliott
9:15-10:15am Keynote: Dr Immordino-Yang
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11:15am Keynote Synthesis
11:15am-12:00pm Panel Q+A
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:10pm Transition
1:10-2:10pm Keynote: Zaretta Hammond
2:15-2:45pm Keynote Synthesis
2:45-3:15pm Panel Q+A
3:15-3:30pm Closing