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For two decades Martha Kaufeldt has been a popular international workshop presenter, staff development specialist and keynote speaker. Her audiences always comment on her ability to:

  • Synthesize complex neuroscience research and educational mandates into practical "do-able" classroom applications.
  • "Walk her talk" as she conducts sessions that model the very strategies she is encouraging teachers to implement in their own classrooms.
  • Use personal anecdotal stories and her incredible classroom experiences to illustrate the challenges that all teachers face.
  • Include laughter, visuals, movement and collaboration into every presentation so that her participants feel energized and motivated to try the strategies themselves.

Martha speaks at major conferences such as ASCD, National Association for the Gifted, Learning and the Brain, Learning Forward (NSDC), National Association of Elementary Principals, National Middle School Administrators, and at a variety of state and regional conferences. Below you will find descriptions of many of her most popular sessions for educators and parents. Customized trainings are also available. Contact Martha directly to explore the possibilities.


Assessment Strategies to Maximize Brain-Compatible Learning
Helping Students Demonstrate What They Know and Can Do

Incorporate on-going assessment as a key Brain Compatible strategy!

-Learn new ways to discover students' readiness levels
-Orchestrate student "self-assessment" opportunities
-Incorporate on-going assessment strategies to document progress
-Honor the importance of informal assessments and questioning strategies
-Create "fair" ways for students to assess peer and group work
-Prepare "low threat climates and environments" for evaluation and testing
-Design powerful culminating products for evaluation
-Develop rubrics to help communicate progress and competency
-Implement strategies using the Multiple Intelligences every day!

In this session Martha Kaufeldt will be sharing a variety of assessment strategies to teachers interested in enhancing their Brain Compatible classrooms. Designed primarily for educators who have had a previous introduction to "teaching with the brain in mind" and have begun to implement Differentiated Instructional strategies.

Brain Compatible classrooms maintain a safe and secure climate and environment - even when doing assessment and evaluation! And good Assessment is the foundation for Differentiated Instruction. Let Martha show you dozens of ways to assess students' prior learning, collect on-going data and give feedback, as well as, how to design culminating projects to evaluate student progress and competency. This veteran teacher always provides humorous, fast-paced sessions with plenty of practical classroom examples.

Begin with the Brain
Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom

Martha's most requested topic! This popular interactive workshop builds a strong understanding of the key elements of brain compatible learning. Presentations, activities and discussions provide participants with specific techniques designed to reduce student stress, create a safe and secure environment, discover systems and procedures for effective classroom management, and to orchestrate opportunities for real world experiences. Expect to gain tons of strategies from a successful veteran teacher!

Download complete description (.pdf, 600k)

"Exceptional presentation. Outstanding ability to engage and inspire."

"In 11 years of teaching and 5 years of university, this is the FIRST thing I have ever experienced that has made me think seriously about my classroom practices and how I can do better by supplementing things."

Begin with the Brain
Three Things to Consider Right Now!

Want some ideas for what you can do RIGHT NOW? You don't have to be a brain expert yet to see how these practical suggestions can influence student learning. Learn three ways to maximize student success based on how the brain learns naturally!

1) TIME CRUNCH - Consider integrated curriculum, adjusting schedules to allow for "flow," and multi-year opportunities.
2) PATTERNS and PROCEDURES - Use management strategies that are brain compatible: agendas, procedures, goal setting.
3) ACTIVE PROCESSING - Introduce reflection, choices and collaboration to encourage students to make sense of what they are learning and build long-term retention.

Target Audience: ANY EDUCATOR! Recommended for K-12

Download complete description (.pdf, 600k)

Change Your Bait!
(Eight) 8 Great Strategies to HOOK every Learner

Build up your tackle box of strategies that will appeal to a wide range of learners. Learn a practical system using the Multiple Intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy to help you design eight types of activities that will challenge your capable students and attract even your most reluctant learners.

- Process Partners (Interpersonal)
- Mental Movies (Intrapersonal)
- Note-taking Graphics (Visual-Spatial)
- Tableaux & Living Dioramas (Bodily-Kinesthetic)
- Chant & Rap (Musical-Rhythmic)
- T-Charts & Timelines (Logical-Mathematical)
- Correspondence Books (Verbal/Linguistic)
- Close-up & Personal (Naturalist)

Download complete description (.pdf, 1.3MB)

Recommended for K-12

Discovering Gifts and Talents Within Every Student!

Quick, easy and informal strategies to find out what they already know and can do.

Differentiation and on-going, informal assessment go hand in hand. Don't just focus on Standardized Test scores! Learn a broad range of quick assessment and pre-assessment strategies to determine students' abilities, knowledge and progress.

When we know what students can already do and understand, teachers can begin to Compact Curriculum and Tier assignments to reduce repetition and boredom for bright students in the regular classroom.

Target audience: K-12 Classroom teachers

HELP! Six Lifesaving Strategies to Avoid Chaos in the Differentiated Classroom

Do you feel like you are often struggling to keep your head above water? Orchestrating differentiated instruction can easily become a huge management dilemma. Don't feel overwhelmed! Learn practical strategies that can provide a safe, secure and consistent brain compatible climate.

- Post agendas to empower students
- Design multiple procedures to guide student expectations and behaviors
- Limit and guide Choice activities
- Create a system of Must Do & May Do tasks to assure participation
- Maintain on-going Anchor Activities
- Encourage Student Self-Assessments using rubrics and other tools for feedback.

Recommended for K-12

Maximizing Student Success
Brain Compatible Differentiated Instruction

Learn new ways to orchestrate powerful learning experiences in response to every student's unique needs. In this fast-paced engaging session participants will learn techniques to vary the six key components of differentiation: content, process, products, presentation, grouping, and environment. Expand your repertoire of brain compatible strategies to maximize student success!

Recommended for K-12

Not-too-Extreme Classroom Makeovers
(Keeping the Brain in Mind)

Want to motivate and inspire students? Try a fresh start with a mini-Classroom Makeover!

The human brain is wired to be sensitive to the surrounding environment. Many studies have confirmed that by paying attention to the physical details in the learning environment (lighting, temperature, color, air quality, sound, design), educators can enhance students' success.

- Discover key elements for a brain and body compatible learning environment.
- Learn 5 ways to deal with fluorescent lights.
- Create a "Take 5 Area".
- Learn ways to reduce noise and distractions.
- Provide some "Creature Comforts," and take baby steps toward "Clutter Clean-up!"

Recommended for K-8

Opening Doors to Integration

Creating key integrated experiences that are based on how the brain learns best!" Philosophy and strategies for developing integrated curriculum and interdisciplinary units. Can be customized for self-contained or departmentalized programs, elementary or secondary.

Teachers, Change Your Bait!
Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction

This powerful engaging workshop begins with recent research on the brain's response to stress, emotions, experiences, and the environment. Discover how each learner's brain develops at its own pace and is uniquely formed. Students' brains learn differently, therefore, teachers must know how to differentiate instruction in today's highly diverse classrooms. Using a Fishing Tackle Box as a metaphor for an educator's repertoire of strategies, Martha will share dozens of classroom-tested practical ideas that will inspire teachers on ways to modify the curriculum and their instructional strategies - without compromising mastery of standards. Learn new ways to orchestrate powerful learning experiences in response to every student's unique needs. In this fast-paced engaging session participants will learn techniques to vary six components of differentiation: content, process, products, presentation, grouping, and the environment. Expand your repertoire of brain compatible strategies to maximize student success!

Download complete description (.pdf, 1.3MB)

Available as a 1 day to 4-day workshop.
Can be customized for Target Audiences!

"An extremely interesting presenter and presentation. I loved how it was interwoven in both theoretical and practical work. Super two days, thank you!"

"I was inspired and found the 2 days to be the best Professional Development I have ever experienced."

"A very stimulating and enjoyable session. It was a good mix of background knowledge and practical ideas. Martha practices what she preaches."

Thinking Sideways!
Differentiating and Stretching Curriculum Content to Challenge Gifted Students in Secondary Classrooms

Lateral Enrichment and Expansion can encourage gifted students to build their understanding in complexity and application opportunities. Acceleration isn't always the best option. Learn new strategies for differentiating the content of the curriculum through Tiered Assignments, Layered Curriculum Design and Compacted Contracts.

Target audience: Single-subject secondary classroom teachers

To Infinity and Beyond!
Differentiating Curriculum Content for Gifted and High-Achieving Elementary Students

Learn a variety of ways to adjust and differentiate the content of curriculum to stimulate and enrich the brightest students in your class. Get new ideas about practical strategies such as Jig-Sawing and Cluster Grouping. To help students expand their understanding, learn more advanced versions of Tiered Curriculum design, Layered Curriculum and Compacted Curriculum.

Target audience: Self-contained elementary classroom teachers K-6

Powerful Professional Development

Martha Kaufeldt is a popular presenter and keynote speaker on Differentiating Instruction and Brain Compatible Teaching. If you're interested in having Martha speak at your event, or if you'd like to schedule one of her many workshops.



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