Indiana state superintendents examine cognitive ability and well-being

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, UNITED STATES, Nov. 25, 2022 / — Betsy Hill, President of BrainWare Learning Company, will join Chris Winchell, Superintendent, John Glenn School Corporation, and Gregg Goewert, Principal, Urey Middle School a Presentation at the Indiana Association of Public Schools Superintendents Annual Conference.

Much of the discussion on how to help students recover from the pandemic has focused on teaching rather than student learning and what we can do to support them in closing the gap. The achievement gap predates the pandemic and has widened for many students post-pandemic. The gap is closing at Urey Middle School.

According to Hill, “After a period when students were isolated and lost study time, helping students feel part of a community and identifying their strengths within that community has been a challenge. With everyone involved in this effort, the results deliver both greater confidence and dramatically improved academic performance.”

The presentation will showcase how Urey Middle School addressed student learning and well-being during the 2021-22 school year by helping students and teachers understand each student’s cognitive abilities and empowering students’ learning abilities. The speakers will explain how a whole new approach has helped students with academic arrears increase their ability to study, focus and engage in class, their ability to think more deeply and flexibly, and their ability to remember what they learn in class have learned to improve . This approach also increased their self-confidence as learners, athletes and community members. The discussion will share the unprecedented growth in ILERN achievement that has accompanied the gains students experienced in their cognitive abilities, attitudes, and feelings of competence and confidence.

About the moderators

Betsy Hill is President and COO of BrainWare Learning Company and studied the neuroscience of learning with Dr. Patricia Wolfe and other pioneers in this field, coining the term neuropedagogue. She is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chicago State University and teaches Strategic Thinking at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where she received a Contribution to Learning Excellence Award. She also received a Nepris Trailblazer Award for sharing her knowledge, skills and passion for the neuroscience of classroom learning across the United States. Betsy holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Gregg Goewert, ed.S. is a 30-year-old professional educator and currently Principal of Urey Middle School in Walkertown, IN. He has twice been named Principal of the Year in previous school districts. Gregg is a father to two boys, aged 13 and 14, and has been married to his wife Danielle for nineteen years. Goewert: “My decision-making begins and ends with what is best for the students. High expectations go hand in hand; Students meet expectations through strong relationships. It is more important to teach children “how to learn” than what to learn. Students can self-regulate their learning, set goals, strategize to achieve goals, and reflect on their achievement.” Goewert received his Ed.S. from Indiana State University.

Christopher Winchell began his teaching career as a middle school and later math teacher at the John Glenn School Corporation in Walkerton, IN, where he also coached football, wrestling and track and field. After completing a master’s degree and the principal license program at Indiana Wesleyan University, he became the assistant principal at John Glenn High School, where he spent nine years improving the school and making JGHS one of the top high schools in the state. He earned his Ed.S. Graduated from Indiana University Bloomington and served as his first superintendent at Union County/College Corner Joint School District, Liberty, IN. In 2019, Winchell returned to lead the John Glenn School Corporation in the role of Superintendent, where his work emphasizes individual relationships and the very best for children. He is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University South Bend. He is the proud husband of Emily and the proud father of Melachi, Gracie, Rory and Quinn. Winchell says, “What gets me ticking every morning is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which fuels my passion for servant leadership for children and the community.”

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