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Most Popular Presentations

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.

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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."


Concept in a Day! Immersion Learning for Mastery
Planning Multiplication Weeks and Division Days

When the learning environment is brain-compatible, something as "hard" as long division can be mastered in a single day. Hard to believe? Over 20 years ago presenter, and brain research expert, Martha Kaufeldt developed this "Concept in a Day!" program to help her fourth and fifth grade students finally master the concept and computation of Long Division. The success of the immersion day prompted her and her colleagues to also develop "Multiplication Weeks" for third grade students to master the Family of Math Facts.

Using Brain-Compatible strategies, hundreds of teachers have found the "Concept in a Day" approach to be an excellent way to help students have the "AHA!" moment and finally get difficult concepts. Fraction Days, Punctuation Days, Spelling Demons Days, Money Days - the possibilities are endless! With years of experiences and examples, let Martha give you practical ideas for organizing your own Concept Day or Week and help your students have a "breakthrough moment" in their learning that will be truly unforgettable.

Recommended Target Audience: Teachers Grades 2 - 6. Appropriate for all.

The "Concept in a Day: I Can Divide & Conquer" video won the Gold Apple Award as one of the Best Teacher Training films in the US in 1987. You can purchase the video and manual from our online store.



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!


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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."



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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