Reading Brains Lab
Dartmouth College Department of Education

Outreach

Local
The Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP) facilitates a reading mentorship program called Everybody Wins! in a number of local schools. Through this program, members of the community have the opportunity to read one-on-one with elementary school students. We have talked with mentors, teachers, administrators, parents, and students involved in the EW! program about reading, language, and the brain at evening workshops at Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, NH; Hartland Elementary School in Hartland, VT; Mount Lebanon Elementary School in West Lebanon, NH; Seminary Hill School in West Lebanon, NH; Tunbridge Central School in Tunbridge, VT; and Westshire Elementary School in West Fairlee, VT.

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation coordinates Dartmouth student involvement in the national America Reads program. The goal of the program is to improve literacy skills in preschool and elementary school children through tutoring and mentorship with college students. We have participated in America Reads tutor training sessions here at Dartmouth.

The biennial conference Exploring the Interface is designed for teachers, special educators, school counselors, paraprofessionals, administrators, neuroscientists, psychologists, parents, and community members and its purpose is to foster active dialogue, mutual information exchange, and collaboration. The third biennial conference in this series, Exploring the Interface between Education, Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology, was coordinated by the Windsor Central Supervisory Union and the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative and was held in May 2007 in Killington, VT. The fourth biennial conference, "Neuromyths" and "Neurotruths" in Education and the Brain Sciences, was presented by SynapsEd Consulting, The Dartmouth College Department of Education, and The Mt. Ascutney Hospital Community Health Foundation in May 2009 at the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occom Pond in Hanover, NH. The fifth conference in the series, The Challenge of Translating Research into Practice, was presented by SynapsEd Consulting, The Dartmouth College Department of Education, and The Mt. Ascutney Hospital Community Health Foundation in May 2011 at the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occom Pond in Hanover, NH.

 

We also schedule class visits, discussions, and workshops with local educators, administrators, and students about reading, language, and the brain; reading skills; and the developing human brain.

 

International
We are part of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES), a society of researchers, scientists, educators, administrators, and students interested in cross-cultural collaborations in biology, education, and the cognitive and developmental sciences. General membership is open to anyone interested in issues in mind, brain, and education and student memberships are also available.


Resources
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has facilitated a number of research projects on learning and the brain. While we are not directly involved in this research, we have found their website on the brain and learning to be an interesting and reliable resource.

We have found that one of the best resources on the web for fun neuroscience information and games for children, teachers, parents, and researchers is Eric Chudler’s Neuroscience for Kids site at the University of Washington.

The Dana Foundation, sponsor of the annual Brain Awareness Week “designed to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research,” also has fun brain-stuff for kids on their website.