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“PD Parties are THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – with all the benefits we discovered this year of digital PD (but without the downsides), plus the social and interactive nature of in-person PD.”
— Nancy Milligan, Assistant Superintendent
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What is a PD Party?
This is not regular PD. This is a customized mini-conference just for your district.
In summary, a PD Party is a radically interactive Professional Development experience for your teachers that will keep them engaged and restore some of the professional and social interactions we all lost in the pandemic.
Available in full-day or half-day sessions.
Everyone loves a PD Party!
1000+ teachers voted our PD 4.5/5 stars in 2021.
Your Instructors are mental health experts
Dr. Ned Sahin, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Neha Keshav, PhD
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh
Harvard School of Medicine
Our Topics Address the Challenges of Today
“The SEL Debt crisis was inevitable when we needed to socially isolate our nation’s children, and now a wave of mental health challenges and anxiety is upon us. As we return this year, we can either apply the science of the trauma-informed and mental health-supporting classroom, or we can fall another year behind in SEL!”
Session: Supporting Mental Health in Students and Teachers
SEL Debt Crisis
Session: Navigating the SEL Debt Crisis in your District
Stress & Anxiety
Session: Stress Management for Teachers & Their Students
Session: Returning in Times of Stress, Trauma & Mental Challenges
Neurodiversity & Inclusion
Session: Brain-based Teaching Strategies for Autism, ADHD, Trauma & More
Session: Executive Functioning, the Brain, and Teaching Strategies
Aligned with ESSER Priority Topics
You can use your ESSER funds!
Why are PD Parties Different?
3 reasons – 1: Revolutionary PD, 2: Best of both worlds, 3: Handled end-to-end
Reason # 1
Our underlying PD is revolutionary!
Our PD content is unique, engaging and topical.
Our PD Parties add an exciting layer of social interaction and expert facilitation!
Reason # 2
PD Parties combine the best of both worlds (online and in-person).
Not just online, not just live, but a truly hybrid approach. The best parts of offline PD and the best parts of online PD– combined! It’s like a mini virtual-conference just for your district. Not just a watch-party, but a PD Party!
Reason # 3
We have you covered end-to-end.
Working with Brain Power Academy is like having a private conference organizer just for your district: we will take care of the process from start to finish. Your teachers will experience both novel content and engaging interactions before, during, and after the event that will reinforce the learning and the colleague-building.
How will we implement this in my district?
Before the PD Party: Your District Page is Created
You we create a web page just for you which includes:
- Guide for teachers to create individual accounts on our Web Platform
- Complete itinerary for before, during, and after the PD Party
- PD Party Playbook: All schedules, handouts, PDFs, and more for easy download/access
- Technical support with informative FAQs
During the PD Party: Join the Web Platform
Teachers log in to the Web Platform and are able to engage and collaborate. Our facilitators start the PD Party synchronously at the appointed day and time you desire and manage all the technical elements seamlessly on the backend. Our web platform tracks each teacher’s progress and notifies them in real-time.
After the PD Party: Access the Archives
The platform will remain available to attendees long after the event, giving them access to session recordings and valuable resources to apply with their students now and in the future.
PD Party Playbook
- Detailed outlines for each of the PD Party sessions
- Printable resources from each session (e.g. worksheets, exercises, graphic organizers, and charts/posters for the classroom, etc.)
- A categorized list of supplemental teacher-recommended resources
Your district’s playbook will be a substantial document – e.g. 45 color pages of highly practical, evidence-based resources tailored to the needs of your teachers.
Sample PD Party Objectives
By the end of this PD Party, participants will be able to:
- List three principles of brain science underlying Executive Functioning
- Describe SEL Debt and why 2021-2022 is a perfect storm for SEL loss
- Identify different ways that Executive Functioning deficits present in students of three different age groups
- Describe why Executive Functioning is fundamentally different in various age groups.
- Evaluate whether commonly accepted information about Executive Functioning is a “myth” or “truth”
- List several ways that trauma, autism, and ADHD impact Executive Functioning
- Create a list of brain-based strategies to support your specific students’ Executive Functioning development and skills in any learning environment.
Sample PD Party Syllabus
Session 1: What is Executive Functioning?: An Insider’s Guide
Get an insider’s look into Executive Function with Brain Power founder and CEO, Dr. Ned Sahin, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD. In this session, you will explore the Brain Science of Executive Function, as well as simple ways of measuring Executive Function.
Session 2: What should Executive Functioning Look Like in Your Classroom?
Hear from veteran educators as you to explore some of the most common myths related to Executive Function in the classroom. Additionally, you will learn about Executive Function specifically in relation to YOUR students! What should Executive Function look like for the students in your classroom?
Session 3: Challenged Students: Executive Functioning in the Neurodiverse
Brain Power founder and CEO, Dr. Ned Sahin, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD, will explain the damaging effects that trauma can have on students’ executive functioning capabilities. Additionally, you will learn about executive functioning deficits in neurodiverse students, specifically those with Autism and ADHD.
Session 4: Challenging Moments in the Classroom
Do you experience behavior problems in your classroom? Are your students simply acting out, or is there an underlying cause related to executive functioning? You will heard from experienced educators who will share teaching points from their years of experience working with special education students and inclusive classrooms.
Session 5: Deep Dive into Executive Functioning in the Classroom
Our workshop will end with a deep dive into some of the proven tools and strategies to support your students in their executive function development in both the classroom and remote learning environments. Take away time-saving strategies that you can apply with your students tomorrow!What Really Works: Proven Strategies for your Students.
Conference Wrap Up
Attendees will hear from Dr. Ned Sahin and the Brain Power team on some highlights from the PD Party. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts of the weekend, and will receive a preview of the PD Party Playbook and Certificate of Completion.
*In addition to the above sessions, attendees will also participate in interactive polls, Q&As with the experts, facilitated discussions, and collaborative practical activities with other educators.
How do I book a PD Party?
We’ll send you an invoice!
Did you know? You can use your ESSER funds to get high-quality PD from our experts.
We’ll handle it from there and make sure you don’t have to worry about a thing.
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Meet Your Instructors
A team of neuroscience PhDs, doctors and former teachers – experts on topics such as mental health and SEL.
Dr. Ned Sahin, PhD
Dr. Neha Keshav, PhD
Chief of Staff, Director of Research
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Michelle Donahue, M.Ed.
VP of Education and Online Learning
Dr. Rafiq Abdus-Sabur, M.Ed.
Director of Education
Director of Business Development
Frequently asked Questions
What is a PD Party?
A PD Party is a radically interactive, engaging, and collaborative Professional Development! Learn about topics related to today’s challenges and feel the learning-party social vibe in interactive digital breakout sessions, discussions, polls, and more!
How many hours do I get in a PD Party?
Depending on the length of the PD Party, you can earn up to 10 PD hours.
Is this live?
A PD Party combines a mix of pre-recorded revolutionary content with live discussions from the experts!
Is this online or in-person?
It is the best of both worlds – a hybrid experience. You will attend sessions online, but synchronously with other educators.
Can I customize the topic?
Yes! Our District Success Team will work with you to customize your offering upon purchase. Booking a PD Party is easy!–you don’t have to worry about it! after we agree on a date and general topic, our expert customer success team will work with your curriculum directors and arrive at a perfectly tailored experience that will empower your teachers. Our experts handle logistics with your team efficiently.
One of our favorite steps is to tailor the final PD Party to the needs and strategic plan of your district. We will take care of it for you!
Will you handle this end-to-end?
Absolutely! We’ve got you covered!
What's the difference between a full-day or half-day?
A PD Party is always an amazing addition to your district’s PD Day. You might have enough room in tour schedule for a full day or hall day. Either way your teachers will get the high-quality content, and the high-quality interactive PD experience.The main difference is which modules you want most.
Our team will create the perfectly tailored PD Party experience for your district within the timeframe that your schedule allows. We can even be creative and have two half days back-to-back with related, but independent topics. Teachers can take one or both.
Your teachers will always get the same amazing experience; the shorter format is usually selected by supers who have shorter time available for their teachers in a given PD day
We accommodate and serve the needs of your district and strtageic plan by tailoring or world class content by the time you have as well as the grade levels and specialties of the teachers you expect to attend.
How do you measure accountability
Every teacher gets an individualized account that monitors their progress through the learning experience. You get a spreadsheet telling you precisely who completed the course. Teachers get autogenerated certificates if they complete the course.
Is there a cap on how many can attend?
There is no cap! That’s the genius aspect of the PD Party format. Everyone gets a high quality learning experience with direct facilitation from experts and we scale our model to the number that attend. Your teachers will always have a HQ learning experience no matter how many join: a successful PD party could have 50, 500, or 5000 teachers.
We scale the number of facilitators, breakout rooms, and other features of the PD Party. Each teacher will get a “cozy” experience. We find a benefit to larger PD Parties in fact. bc we can provide more grade level differentiated experiences.
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