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Fontbonne University Spring 2015 Institute presents...

Marcia Tate, Ed.D.

Dr. Marcia Tate

Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites - Techniques for Managing a Brain Compatible Classroom

DATE: March 7, 2015

TIME: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

LOCATION: Fontbonne University - Dunham Student Activity Center


Institute Description

Have you ever noticed that the same student can travel from one classroom to another and exhibit different behaviors depending upon teacher expectations and management techniques? While we know that not all brains are the same, there are teachers who consisitently meet the needs of various brains in a well managed, proactive classroom. Learn the secrest these teachers already know as they maximize instructional time and minimize disruptions.

Participants will:

  • Establish rituals and routines for a well managed, proactive classroom environment.
  • Develop a classroom management plan which addresses unique student needs.
  • Learn strategies for managing students who provide teachers wil exceptional behavioral challenges, e.g., learned helplessness, attention deficit disorders, oppositional disorders, and conduct disorders.

Spring Institute Registration Form (pdf, 308.04KB)

  • Registration fee includes:  box lunch

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 26, 2015

  •  Payment must accompany the registration form to reserve seating.

CREDIT: Optional 1-2 credit hours available (see Registration Form).

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CONTACT: Betty Geeser at egeeser@fontbonne.edu or 314-889-4536.


Marcia L. Tate, Ed.D. is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world, including Australia, Egypt, Hungary, Singapore, Thailand, and New Zealand. She is the author of the following five bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques for Managing a Brain-compatible Classroom; and Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies that Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as “some of the best ones they have ever experienced” since Marcia uses the 20 brain-compatible strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.