Drawing Out the Best in Your Brain

Effective Tools for Communicating and Learning

The Santa Cruz City Schools Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program will host a free parent education event on February 5, 2009. The event is open to the public; translation and childcare will be provided.

In this workshop, led by artist and educator Jon Pearson, parents will learn practical secrets for drawing out the best in children and helping them become lifelong learners using right-brained ways to teach left-brained content.  Drawing is included but “artistic talent” is not necessary!

Discover simple ways students can:

  • Make learning lasting and meaningful by making it creative and personal
  • Develop a cinematic memory
  • Turn boredom into natural curiosity and perfectionism into personal passion
  • Combine the social, artistic and academic dynamics of optimum learning
  • Tap senses, emotions and imagination to learn anything faster and retain it longer
  • Transform drawing into the world’s fastest, simplest “off-road” thinking tool

jon-pearsoneddyJon Pearson, winner of the 2001 Professional Artists in the Schools Award, is an internationally known speaker, and author. He has performed on stage and television and in the schools for over 20 years and has worked with over a million students, teachers, parents and administrators across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. As a classroom teacher, he worked extensively with ELL, GATE and Title I students.

When:  Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Branciforte Middle School Multipurpose Room, 315 Poplar Street, Santa Cruz

To reserve childcare, email Sue Grasso or call 429-3410, ext. 297

This evening is made possible by a generous grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation benefitting the Santa Cruz City Schools Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program.