Thursday, March 6, offered York faculty opportunities to focus on the brain.
For students, it was Digital Learning Day. There were no classes, but students were given assignments and online learning opportunities from teachers through Haiku, York's learning management system.
After a morning faculty-staff meeting, faculty traveled to Mount Madonna School in Watsonville for an afternoon workshop on learning and conversations with internationally acclaimed neuroscientist and author Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford University Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.Morning activities for faculty included Mindfulness training by Dean of Students Joyce Sherry, based on the Community Reading text, "Search Inside Yourself."
"Dr. Sapolsky's research and writings are of particular interest to us given York's commitment to fostering students’ academic confidence as well as their social and emotional learning," says York Academic Dean Sean Raymond.Then a group of approximately 85 faculty, staff, trustees, parents and students joined an audience of more than 400 at Cabrillo College to hear Dr. Sapolsky lecture on "The Biology of Memory." Four York students ushered at the event.
The afternoon workshop and evening speech comprised the annual Speaker Series on Education presented by Cabrillo College, Gateway School, Mount Madonna School, and York School.