Course # 16 Think Smart Classrooms


Thursday- March 9, 2017

Course #16 – Think Smart: Cognitive Classroom Strategies that Support Student Success

by Dr. Jack A. Naglieri, University of Virginia & Kathleen Kryza, MA, Great Falls, VA

About the Speaker

Jack's photoJack A. Naglieri, PhD, is a Research Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. Since the late 1970s, Dr. Naglieri has focused his efforts on theoretical and psychometric issues concerning intelligence, cognitive interventions, diagnosis of learning and emotional disorders, cognitive interventions, and theoretical and measurement issues pertaining to protective factors related to resilience. Dr. Naglieri is the author or co-author of more than 300 scholarly papers, books, and tests. He has authored and co-authored various books, including Helping Children Learn: Intervention Handouts for Use at School and Home.  Dr. Naglieri has also co-edited books such as Handbook of Assessment Psychology, Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice, Executive Function Handbook and A Practitioner’s Guide to Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement.  His scholarly research includes investigations related to topics such as intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, giftedness, and Attention Deficit Disorder; psychometric studies of tests such as the Wechsler Scales of Intelligence, Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Cognitive Assessment System, and the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children; examination of race, gender, and ethnic differences in cognitive processing; fair assessment using nonverbal and cognitive processing tests; identification of gifted minorities, IDEA and identification of specific learning disabilities; and cognitively based academic interventions.  Disclosure: Financial- Dr. Naglieri is a research professor at the University of Virginia and a consultant at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Devon, PA.  He receives royalties from ProEd for his publications. Nonfinancial-There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Kathleen KryzaKathleen Kryza, MA has a Masters Degree in Special Education, and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  Kathleen is a National Writing Project graduate.  She has also done extensive training over the years with giants in the field on topics such as differentiated instruction, brain-based learning, cooperative learning, co-teaching, coaching, and content literacy.  Kathleen is co-author of the new book, Transformative Teaching: Changing Classroom Culturally, Emotionally and Academically. She is also the co-author of Developing Growth Mindsets in the Inspiring Classroom and Inspiring Secondary Learners (2007), Inspiring Elementary Learners (2008), Differentiating in the Real Classroom (2009), and Winning Strategies for Test Taking (2009).  Kathleen is featured in the video, Differentiating Instruction in the Intermediate Grades, Bureau of Education and Research (BER), 2008. She has presented for school districts locally, nationally, and internationally for over 24 years on various educational topics. Disclosure: Financial- Kathleen is the owner of an educational consulting company, Infinite Horizons; she receives speaking fees for educational training and she receives royalties for her published materials from Solution Tree Press. Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Principals/Administrators, School Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Instructional Assistants, Tutors and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Pre-K through 12th Grade

Course Description: Dr. Jack Naglieri and Kathleen Kryza will merge current knowledge on the neuropsychology of ability with the art of instruction to help students think smarter and ultimately take charge of their own learning in and beyond school. Researchers who have conceptualized intelligence as neurocognitive processes are providing a clearer picture of how children learn, which has allowed for a better understanding of how to effectively teach. Through discussion and activities, participants will learn about four neurocognitive abilities critical to learning and will leave with doable strategies that can be implemented in their schools and classrooms.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives- Participants will be able to:

  • Explain advances in neuropsychology to better understand what it means to be smart
  • Demonstrate how to use knowledge of the four parts of the brain that provide ways to think to guide teaching methods
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a safe learning environment that engages all learners (culturally, emotionally and academically)
  • Describe the relationship between neurocognitive abilities and social-emotional competence
  • Demonstrate how to teach students to ‘Think Smart’ and use their neurocognitive abilities efficiently
  • Explain how to use knowledge of students’ neurocognitive strengths to guide and provide interventions for teachers, parents and the students themselves
  • Demonstrate how to use knowledge of the neurocognitive weakness that students with disabilities have and how to better teach them


8:00-9:00 Introduction to the course, goals, procedures

9:00-10:00 Overview of IQ and PASS theory

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Case study – a real student with a real problem

11:00-12:00 Instruction that matches a new understanding of the student’s abilities

12:00-1:00 Lunch- On your own

1:00-2:00 Understanding the frontal lobes of the brain, self-regulation and executive function

2:00-2:45 Mindsets + Skillsets = Results to Empower NOT Enable

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Planning: mindsets and metacognition

4:00 Complete program evaluations