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Neuro-Education Initiative’s Second Annual Summit: Attention and Engagement in Learning

Building from the success of the Learning, Arts and the Brain summit in 2009 (Summit report viewable at, brought together scientists, educators, and advocates to explore current findings on the topic of attention and student engagement and to frame a research agenda to inform educational practice at school, home and the community.

The esteemed panel of researchers included Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D. from Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Hal Pashler, Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego; Michael Posner, Ph.D. from the University of Oregon; Daniel Willingham, Ph.D. from the University of Virginia; and Steve Yantis, Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. The panel will be moderated by Lynne Michael Blum, Ph.D., child psychologist in private practice and Adjunct Asst. Prof, Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Susan Rome, teacher at the Baltimore Lab School, will add her perspective from classroom practice.

The summit began with presentations by the research panel. The afternoon session provided an opportunity for small roundtable discussions that fostered collaboration among researchers, educators and advocates.

The Learning & the Brain Conference followed the JHU Summit on May 6-8 with the theme, Focused Minds: Enhancing Student Attention and Motivation. The conference took place at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

This summit was made possible, in part, by the generous support of L. Robert Kimball and Associates.