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Spring 2024 Workshop - How Learners Learn (In-Person)

  • 2024-03-14
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Renaisance Providence Downtown Hotel | 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 22


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How Learners LEarn (In-Person)

Instructor  | Ronit Carter


This interactive, hands-on workshop will give attendees a basic yet powerful tour through some of the fundamental research principles of effective learning, with personal reflection and practical considerations for teaching.

Despite the vast array of research in effective educational practices, many educators (i.e., anyone in the role of working with learners, across in-school or out-of-school settings) — whether intentionally or not — typically “teach” by defaulting to the way WE were taught.  Our greatest challenge, however, is to engage learners in learning the way THEY learn.  The key lies in shifting our perspective from teaching to learning.

This session takes an interactive “tour” through seminal research on learning across multiple fields from academia to neuroscience.  We’ll uncover some of the myths underlying our own sometimes deeply held mindsets about learning, and consider practical strategies to design meaningful, engaging & relevant learning experiences for all ages.  We’ll explore questions such as, How do learners learn?  What does learning mean in the 21st century?  How do we design learning experiences effectively?  How do we foster inclusive learning environments for learners of all backgrounds?  Where does assessment fit in?

We’ll engage in hands-on activities, rich collegial discussion, and reflection on our own roles.  We’ll also exchange insights applicable to our own work environments, and begin to apply our own learning with a practical design tool.  Bring your ideas and questions, for an opportunity to discuss how the general research principles of this session may apply more specifically to your own work!

This session will embed a brief break, reflection & application time, and Q&A.  Ronit will be available after 3:00 for more questions, and anyone who wishes to discuss more specifically their own roles, classes, or ideas for designing learning opportunities in their own contexts is welcomed to stay afterward.

Questions about this workshop? Please contact the Education Committee at

Questions about registration? Please contact NEA's Registrar, Becky White, at  Or, see our FAQ.

Please be advised that workshop registration is separate from meeting registration and that onsite registration will NOT be available for workshops; attendees must register in advance.

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Daniel McCormack
NEA Treasurer-elect
18 Churchill Rd
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Please make all checks payable to New England Archivists.

For questions or concerns about accessibility and/or disability accommodations that you would like addressed before registration, please contact NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee at for assistance.

CANCELLATION POLICY: NEA will issue a refund minus a $10 cancellation fee for up to 10 days prior to the meeting. Exceptions to the cancellation policy will be made at the discretion of the Registrar.

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