Regional Workshop Banner

Polk State College Regional Workshop

Brain-Based Teaching and Learning

Workshop Description

We take for granted that our brains are the primary hub for learning activity, yet how much do we really know about how the brain works? By increasing our knowledge of the brain, we can become more deliberate and effective educators. In short, it’s time for us to become students again and enroll in Brains 101.

This workshop will inspire and inform your work with students, whether you are an administrator, faculty member, or other higher education staff. Through a combination of interactive lecture and practical analysis, you will leave this workshop with the skills and knowledge needed to become a brain-based educator. Be warned, once you put on your brain-based glasses, the world will never look the same!

By the end of this workshop, you will know or be able to:

  • Situate brain-based teaching and learning within a larger model of holistic pedagogy.
  • Compare the opportunities and limitations of teaching with the brain in mind.
  • Describe the fundamental elements of the brain and nervous system.
  • Analyze common educational challenges in the context of the nervous system and generate brain-based solutions.
  • Define stress and understand its physiological mechanisms.
  • Discuss the major findings of neuroeducation and develop an action plan to apply these on your campus or in your classroom.


  • Self-Assessments
  • Think, Pair, Share Discussions
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Journaling and Reflection
  • Scenario Analysis
  • Development of Action Plan

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing the workshop.

About the Faciliator

Karen Costa has over 15 years of higher education experience and formerly served as the Director of Student Success at Mount Wachusett Community College. Karen is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching college success strategies to online students at multiple institutions. She is also involved in various faculty development initiatives, including being a facilitator for Faculty Guild. Karen is a staff writer for Women in Higher Education. Her writing has also appeared in Inside Higher EducationThe Philadelphia InquirerOn Being, and Faculty Focus. Karen presents regularly on topics related to student and faculty success. Karen graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. Karen is also a certified yoga teacher.


Polk State College - Lakeland Campus
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33813
Room LTB 1100 (Lakeland Technology Building)


Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
January 10, 2020
Late Registration
January 10, 2020
Member $159 $209
Non Member $209 $259
Host College (Member)$129$179

Preliminary Schedule

February 7, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received prior to January 24, 2020. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by January 24, 2020. NISOD also regrets that refunds will not be given after January 24, 2020 or for no-shows. However, we are pleased to credit your registration toward another workshop. In addition, substitutions are gladly accepted. A transfer of your full registration is permitted prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Annecy Liddell by January 24, 2020. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn and Suites Lakeland-South Polk Parkway
3630 Lakeside Village Blvd
Lakeland, FL, 33803
(863) 603-7600

Courtyard Lakeland
3725 Harden Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 802-9000 

Residence Inn Lakeland
3701 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 680-2323

Please complete all fields with an * (required)
Registrant Information
Enter the contact information for the person you wish to register: