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Neuroscientist Matthew Peterson to Discuss Innovative Teaching Techniques at U.S. News STEM Solutions

Irvine, CA, Jun 10, 2013
U.S. News STEM Solutions’ session “Blended Learning, Flipped Classrooms, and Other Innovative Teaching Techniques” will feature experts including Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., co-founder of the Irvine-based education non-profit MIND Research Institute. With the national trend toward incorporating technology into the traditional school experience, Peterson will discuss what specific aspects of online education are proven to enhance student learning – such as interactive programs that encourage active learning and build deep, conceptual understanding. Peterson is a neuroscientist and creator of ST Math® instructional software that’s currently used by half a million children in 30 states. His remarks will draw on lessons learned from more than 15 years building and refining his visually-based math learning program, as well as the latest scientific research evaluating teaching methods and the neuroscience of learning.

Session description: By mixing face-to-face teaching with computer-mediated instruction, teachers at the K-12 and college levels are creating more flexible learning environments, where students can progress through their lessons at their own pace and get personalized help if needed. Computer software can provide self-guided lessons and flag problems for instructors, who can then work with particular individuals or groups who need additional help. Different models of blended learning are being applied across the country. In this session, practitioners will examine the emerging results and lessons learned from the various techniques.

4:15-5:15 p.m., CDT, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

US News STEM Solutions 2013
Austin Convention Center, Room 8
500 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas

Can’t attend? Follow updates on Twitter with the hashtag #STEMsolutions13 or at @MIND_Research.

Moderator: Richard T. Schoephoerster, Ph.D., P.E., Dean and Riter Professor, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso

• Jon Bergmann, Lead Technology Facilitator, Joseph Sears School (via video)
• Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, MIND Research Institute
• Heather Clayton Staker, Senior Research Fellow, Innosight Institute
• Scott Thompson, Education and Workforce Strategist, Microsoft

About U.S. News STEM Solutions
The National Conference was created by U.S. News and World Report to foster collaboration among those working to advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy, and workforce development. For up-to-date information, visit


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