Keynote Speech at the McKinney ISD 2011 Convocation

Watch Dr. Estes engage the teachers, students and community at the McKinney Independent School District Convocation in 2011.

McKinney, Texas is 30 miles north of Dallas, Texas and 30 Miles south of Sherman, Texas. Texas schools systems begin with a bang with keynote speakers like Dr. Deborah G. Estes.

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Brain Check – Inside the Command Center

brain, components of the brain, the cortex lobes, a neuron at work, training the brain

Inside the Command Center

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Bring Your Own Brain – Event Design

One of Dr. Estes most popular keynote speeches to Educators, Businesses and Non-Profits is the BYOB (Bring Your Own Brain): Learning to Teach and Transform keynote speech.

This keynote speech and presentation has been sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter and the Area Agency on Aging of Texoma. The Texoma area includes North Central Texas, including Sherman, Denison, Pottsboro, Whitesboro, Gainesville, Bonham, Van Alstyne, Howe and South Central Oklahoma including Durant, Ada, Paul’s Valley, Armore and the surrounding areas in proximity to Lake Texoma.  The population is this area is statistically ‘older’ proportionately and is one of the ‘oldest’ counties in Texas.

One of the key elements of this presentation is Event Design. This is an excerpt of that portion of the keynote speech:

Event Design

Purpose: To design meetings and learning experiences so that the participants’ needs and concerns are used as the foundations for the interaction. This perspective tends to accelerate and deepen the changes and learning process.

Step #1: Stand in the shoes of the participants.

From their perspective, determine what needs, concerns, hopes, experiences and burning questions they will bring with them as they walk in the door. Also from their perspective, define what will make the vent meaningful, impactful and memorable. Meetings, workshops and conferences need to assess, accept and pace the expectations of the audience.

Step #2: Stand in the shoes of the larger system – the organization.

To develop the impact and outcomes, create a picture of how the system will be better in two or three months as a result of this event. Determine systems issues — how this event is linked to other key events, what overarching goals it contributes to and how other similar events have produced impact in the past.

Step #3: Define the content “chunks” — the topics — the gum.

Make sure that topics reflect the concerns and questions of the participants identified in Step #1. Remember that the event cannot be too heavy on content if change is expected. Remember that lecture/presentation will normally result in 3% maximum behavior shift. People need time to interact with the topic. If it’s an hour event, half of it needs to be devoted to participant interaction to get the percentage of change up to 33%.

Step #4: Design interesting ways for learning interaction — the “chewing.”

Use a variety of pair/traid conversation pauses to increase the amount of interaction about the topics. Quick case studies and problem solving exercises around their concerns will increase their engagements. Develop contingencies.

Step #5: Post a Public Agenda Map with Outcomes to keep everyone oriented.

Step #6: Watch and listen! Plug in contingencies based upon what you see in the group!

Dr. Estes not only coaches these lessons, she delivers!

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Presentation Topics

Brain Friendly Presentation Skills

Bring Your Own Brain!

Mind Styles

Teamwork: The Universal Connection

Collaborative Skills

Proficient Facilitation

Quality Management Tools and Concepts

Leadership Development Process

Debono’s Six Thinking Hats

Stages of Concern

Innovation Configuration

Building True Community

Creating Colorful and Fun Visuals

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Powerful Presentations

Communicating, whether it be one-on-one or one-to-five hundred, is becoming a necessary skill not only for educators but members of the corporate world as well. Information is power and as we attempt to empower others we must become more clear and effective in the way we present that information.

This session will be highly interactive and brain-compatible.  Key points of effective presenting will be explored and analyzed.  Participants will be exposed to the latest research by Suzanne Bailey, Bob Garmston and Bruce Wellman, Pat Wolfe, and others.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Superintendents, curriculum directors, staff developers, central office and campus administrators, as well as civic and corporate leaders.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

•               Ways to build effective learning communities

•               To identify individual strengths and weaknesses

•               An event design that is the foundation for optimum learning

•               About the “nested process” of staff development

•               The five presentation stages

•               A technique for voice inflection

•               The importance of connecting with the mind styles in your audience

•               Simple graphic design

HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT

•               Become aware of the importance of brain-compatible presenting

•               Help you in promoting a more brain-compatible environment for learning

•               Enable you to become a better presenter

•               Validate strong attributes and identify areas for growth

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Bring Your Own Brain!

Bring Your Own Brain

 

Let’s face it.  We are going to have to use our brains increasingly to survive in a world of growing knowledge.  As educators, we are responsible for the growth of young brains.  Adults, as well, need to keep dendrites growing so that we might improve our own brain’s health and longevity.  How do we keep our brains young as our bodies age?  How can we optimize thinking capabilities?  How important is a positive learning environment?

This session will be highly interactive and brain-compatible.  Participants will be exposed to the latest research and find out how important dendritic growth is in the educational process as well as for our individual well being.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

•           The basic biological functions of the brain

•           How learning affects the brain

•           The process of memory

•           The “hooks” for gaining attention

•           The tower of emotion

•           The importance of making connections

•           The importance of a variety of strategies

•           How to create experiences that optimize learning

 

HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT:

•          Become aware of the importance of the knowledge of how the brain works

•          Make a connection between brain research and many other successful educational initiatives

•          Help you in promoting a more brain-compatible environment for learning

•          Enable you to present an awareness session on brain compatible learning

•          Gain information on how to have a healthier brain

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Mind Styles

In order to be the best person you can be you must first recognize and develop your finest attributes.  In the Mind Styles presentation, these attributes can be discovered and analyzed in depth by taking the self-assessment instrument developed by Dr. Anthony Gregorc.  The word develop means “to unwrap.”  That which is to be unwrapped is the body of latent abilities that we have within our minds and psyches.  Becoming aware of Mind Styles contributes to each person’s developmental task of forming a healthy, true identity by valuing and validating individual ways of thinking.

This seminar focuses on the nature of cognitive styles and their implications for professions in the educational and corporate world.  Participants will take the Gregorc Style Delineator and receive a balance of theory and application. They will become aware of possible reasons for conflict at home as well as in their professional and/or civic life.

Topics include:

•   an anatomical view of the psyche and mind;

•   how to use the Gregorc Mind Style Model to improve self-awareness and professional relationships;

•   how to recognize psychological strengths and limitations;

•   ways of increasing professional self-esteem via appropriate style development and style flex training; and

•   ways in which to optimally understand yourself and others.

 

Instrument:

Gregorc Style Delineator

Anthony Gregorc, President

Gregorc Associates, Inc.

Columbia, Connecticut 06237-9975

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