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- Jacqueline T. McDonnough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Science Education
NSF Robert Noyce Grant, Principal Investigator
Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching
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Beautiful Mind - Meditation for Skeptics Classes
I use multimedia, humor and props to assist me, but these things are worthless without meaningful, well-researched content. My goal is to spark conversations and inspire curiosity about the topics I cover.
When I attend a meeting or a conference, I want speakers to be relevant, energetic and engaging. I try to keep this in mind when I am asked to speak. If another human being is going to invest part of his/her life listening to me, I want him/her to feel it was a worthwhile investment.
Teaching is stressful. From the stresses of duty to the larger stresses of school violence, educators are under pressure. Many outstanding teachers leave the profession within their first five years. Those that remain in teaching can easily become burned out. Mindfulness is a free, easy, and secular approach to managing stress that is scientifically validated. In this session, Scholl will discuss the basics of mindfulness and why it should be included in every teacher’s toolbox.
Google Apps for Education
In this session, participants will be introduced to the free and powerful applications offered at no cost by Google to educators. Google Drive, Docs, Forms and Classroom will all be explored. This session is highly interactive and set up so that teachers see how Google Classroom looks from the student point of view.
Vision to Reality
Need some inspiration? This is your session. First we will create a vision by identifying and clarifying one goal for each participant. We will then clearly define the steps needed to convert that vision to reality and develop the mindset needed to stay motivated.
Leveraging Social Media
Social media has been used to bring about positive change across the globe. In this session, learn how you can use social media to promote the amazing things going on inside your school and classroom. You will also explore ways that social media can be used to advocate for your profession.
Build Your Own Website in 60 Minutes
In this session, you will learn how to build a website using a free online service called Weebly. You will discover how easy it is for you to build a dynamic website with drag and drop tools that can also serve as a mobile application. Bring your laptops and build your own website while Todd takes you step by step through the process.
Augment Your Reality
Augmented Reality (A.R.) is a relatively new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way students learn and the way we deliver instruction. Early adopters are already using this tool to make textbooks, images, and objects come to life through the creation of “auras.” Todd Scholl will show you where this technology stands and where he thinks it is headed in a session sure to please and intrigue technophiles.
The Future of Education
The power of technology is growing exponentially. In this session, we will discuss the impacts this rapid growth will have on our society and our system of education. Will we soon have brain-computer interfaces installed within our heads? Will teachers be replaced by androids? Drawing upon the works of futurists like Ray Kurzweil, Scholl will explore these questions and many more in this thought-provoking session.
Todd Scholl is the Coordinator of Communications & Technology at The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA).
Todd began his teaching career in special education at Lakewood Elementary School in 1995. In 1997, he joined the faculty at the newly-constructed Carolina Forest High School where he taught broadcast journalism and Teacher Cadets. He earned a M.Ed. in Secondary Education in 2001. In 2006, he was elected to serve on the CERRA Advisory Board. In 2008, he was named Carolina Forest High School's Teacher of the Year and a Teacher of the Year Finalist for Horry County Schools. He joined CERRA as a Teacher-In-Residence in January of 2011 and was asked to serve as a liaison between CERRA and South Carolina's Palmetto Priority Schools. In the summer of 2011, Todd moved into his current role as Coordinator of Communications and Technology. In this role, he manages CERRA's websites and social media, writes press releases, creates various media to promote CERRA's programs and services, and works as a creative consultant on various projects.
Todd became interested in mindfulness several years ago. As a teacher, new father, and human being, he was experiencing a great deal of stress and began looking for solutions. He stumbled upon mindfulness practices and, over time, began practicing mindful breathing and other techniques. He continued to research the practices and the relevant neuroscientific research. Scholl also began connecting with other educators interested in bringing the secular practice to public schools. Todd became increasingly passionate about the idea that mindfulness could address the stress experienced by his students and fellow teachers.
"Mindfulness has helped me recognize that I am often not at peace with my present experience. My practice has helped me meet my life's experiences with greater acceptance, generating more stillness and peace. I continue to struggle, too often shifting into auto-pilot and missing the present moment, but I feel that mindfulness practice has helped me be more aware of this so that I can spend more of my life in the present moment. Meditation has helped me feel deeply connected to others. It has boosted my creativity, empathy, and problem solving. My goal is to build greater awareness among educators in my home state so that they can experience the great benefits of mindfulness practice," said Scholl.
"CERRA's mission involves recruiting, retaining, and advancing outstanding educators for all children in South Carolina. We know that many outstanding people choose other professions or enter the profession and leave quickly due to the enormous stress faced by teachers. This problem is not unique to South Carolina, nor is it unique to teaching. This site is tailored to address the needs of educators and their students. I believe mindfulness has the potential to successfully address the epidemic of stress within our schools. It is free, relatively easy to teach, and science is validating its efficacy. Our teachers and students need a tool to manage stress, and mindfulness can be that tool."
Todd was born in Syracuse, NY in 1971 to two outstanding educators. His father, Thomas, spent most of his career teaching special education. His mother, Nancy, was an elementary school teacher early in her career and later taught high school math. In 1986, Todd's family moved to Conway, SC. He was a sophomore in high school and eventually graduated from Conway High School in 1989. Four years later he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1993 with a B.A. in Journalism. Todd worked in the radio industry through college and thought that would be his career path. He eventually decided to follow his parents' footsteps into education. Todd lives in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach with his wife, Anna, and three children, Madison (16), Colin (13), and Sophia (7).
You can contact Todd via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.