We hope you will join us for our next OFP Meeting on 11/15
featuring guest speaker: LINDA BRYANT CAVINESS, PH.D
A graduate of Andrews University and University of California, Berkeley, Linda Caviness is degreed in communications, language and literacy, and educational leadership with emphasis on neuroscience and learning. A credentialed teacher and reading specialist in the State of California, she served on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) as a panel reviewer evaluating teacher education programs in colleges and universities throughout California.
As chair of teacher education at La Sierra University’s Graduate School of Education, Linda oversaw professional teacher preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as graduate and doctoral research. Though recently retired, she continues to teach for La Sierra University in Riverside, CA during summer quarters. Throughout the school year she mentors students in academic research at the master’s and doctoral levels.
For 20 years Linda’s focus on neuroscience as it applies to education has helped teachers better understand how the brain learns most effectively. This emphasis resulted from a personal family tragedy when her son Tad was diagnosed with Niemann Pick disease, a rare terminal condition that interferes with brain/body neuromuscular function. In an effort to help Tad, Linda began studying the brain and networking with affiliates at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, University of Southern California and beyond. Subsequently, she developed an academic specialization in “neuroeducation” at La Sierra University.
Linda has authored articles and book chapters on early child development and on the neuroscience of learning. In retirement she is preparing a book manuscript on the brain and learning.
At the November OFP meeting, Linda will provide an overview of basic principles aimed at optimal learning from a neuroscience perspective. A repetitive pattern in brain function is revealed along with implications for parenting, teaching and learning. This pattern holds value not only as an instructional model; it offers benefit in conflict resolution as well.
If time permits, Dr. Caviness will share information from heart-brain science and emotional intelligence. This perspective is the result of affiliation with Institute of HeartMath and from mentorship by Dr. Earl Bakken, developer of the first wearable heart pacemaker and co-founder of Medtronics—a $45 billion company producing implantable medical technologies (pacemakers, deep-brain stimulators, insulin pumps, etc.). Dr. Bakken’s life goal of benefit to humanity includes emphasis on “blended learning” and whole-child nurture—emphases commonly shared by Dr. Caviness.
**Please note that this meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. rather than the typical 6:30 p.m.** Childcare is available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.