May 10, 2019 , NHASCD Conf. with Grace Dearborn



Rebels with Applause:  Brain-Compatible Approaches for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Grace Dearborn

May 10, 2019

Rebels with Applause: Brain-Compatible Approaches for Motivating Reluctant Learners is an interactive workshop that addresses the common issues that arise when working with under-motivated students who seem to have the hardest time paying attention and getting work done. The training will give beginning and veteran teachers dozens of practical “brain-based” strategies that they can use to help get “rebel” students of varying abilities and learning styles involved and motivated, and help them retain more.

 In this session participants will learn how to:

  • Get and maintain the attention of all students
  • Break up direct instruction and increase retention of key information and concepts
  • Actively engage students regardless of special needs or language barriers
  • Increase participation in a diverse classroom
  • Differentiate instruction to support the learning of all students
  • Use current research in neuroscience to make strategic instructional decisions

Grace Dearborn taught for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to being a veteran classroom teacher at multiple grade levels, Grace has also worked as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) Coordinator, PD Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, Mentor Teacher, and Master Instructional Coach


Grace has written powerful curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that has gained major notoriety. She authored a year-long literacy intervention social studies course in an Oakland, CA high school that resulted in a dramatic increase in state test scores, raising the school’s overall state score by 70 points over two years. She also wrote and taught integrated 10th and 11th-grade Humanities curriculums that were highlighted as models in her school’s accreditation review report. Most recently, Grace collaborated on the 5th-grade curriculum for a charter school in Richmond, CA.


Currently, Grace facilitates workshops for Conscious Teaching on classroom management and brain compatible motivation and engagement. She also trains instructional coaches and mentor teachers across the country, helping them improve their effectiveness working with new and struggling teachers. She works with new teachers to help them improve their classroom structures and instructional design.


Grace is the co-author of “Picture This!” a book for K-12 teachers on using visuals to teach and reinforce classroom routines, procedures, and appropriate behaviors. She is the mother of two boys, who daily put her skills as a behavior specialist to their truest.

Event Information, Policies, Terms, and Conditions


Event Schedule: These events will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

  •      7:45 - 8:45 am             Check-In; Visit with Exhibitors; Continental Breakfast
  •      8:50 - 9:00 am             Welcome: Introductions
  •      9:00 am - 12:00 pm     Presentation with a mid-morning break,
  •      12:00 - 1:00 pm           Lunch; Visit with Exhibitors; Team Discussions
  •      1:00 - 3:00 pm             Presentation continues
  •      3:00 pm                       Closing

Electronic Workshop Handouts.  All workshop materials will be distributed electronically.   One week prior to the event, participants will receive a link to access all conference materials and will be asked to download the materials before arriving at the Grappone Center.

Registration for each conference includes free parking; electronic hand-out materials and resources; breakfast & a full buffet lunch; opportunities to discuss the presenter's ideas and strategies for improving curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership; time for learning more about exhibitors' programs, products, and services; and the chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. 

Cost:  $195. for NHASCD Members; $245. for non-members.

Team Discount.  There is a 10% discount for teams of 5 or more registering at the same time for the same event when paid with one check, credit card payment, or through one Purchase Order.

Non -NHASCD member conf. reg. fees. When payment of the conference registration fee is received by the NHASCD office, the registrant will be granted a one-year NHASCD membership.

Registrant Cancellations.  There is a $30. processing fee for cancellations made 14 days or more before the event.  There is no refund if there is a cancellation less than 14 days prior to the event.

"No Shows."  Payment of the full registration fee is still required.  There are no refunds for "no-shows."

Program Cancellations.  NHASCD reserves the right to cancel or postpone programs due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather.  Also, in an emergency situation, a substitute speaker may be scheduled. In such cases, NHASCD makes every effort to contact all registrants.

Registrant Substitutions.  Please notify nhascd@nhascd.org with the name of the original registrant and the substitute's name and contact information.  Thank you.

  • When

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Where

  • Grappone Conf. Center
    70 Constitution Ave.
    Concord, New Hampshire 03301
    (603) 225-0303