Marian University will host an event next month focusing on how teachers can better engage with students. The fourth annual Neuroscience of Education Symposium will feature lecturers from the U.S. and Canada and is expected to draw 300 educators to the Indianapolis campus. October 24, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Marian University ( will host its fourth annual Neuroscience of Education Symposium Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at its campus on Indianapolis' west side. Titled “The Frontier of Social and Emotional Learning,” this year's symposium is designed to allow K-12 teachers and administrators the opportunity to engage with international experts on the topic of Educational Neuroscience.

Educational neuroscience is the core component of engagement and attention, and addresses how educators can allow students to embrace “how” their brains learn and behave. Experts believe that everyday experiences structurally and functionally change the brain, and that behavior management shifts to engagement when instructors teach to a child's unique brain.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by an introduction from Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener at 9:00 a.m. The day's presenters include:

-Terry Small, master teacher and learning skills specialist from Vancouver, Canada;

-Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist from Santa Barbara, California;

-Stephanie Gottwald, assistant director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University;

-Michael McKnight, educational specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education.

The cost of registration is $85 and includes lunch in Alumni Hall, Marian University’s new student center. To register or for more information, please visit

About Marian University Indianapolis

Marian University (, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of nearly 3,000 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana's 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide.

Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 27 national championships in cycling and in 2012 won the NAIA national championship in football.

Source: Marian University

Story Continues Below