Registration for the 3rd Annual Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection conference starts May 1st 2015!
Once again, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a revolutionary day in Vancouver. This year six leading experts in the fields of neuroscience and education will meet at the Westin Bayshore Hotel to speak about the incredible potential for positive change that comes when we understand the connections between our brain’s ability to change and grow and educational practice. Join 750 educators, parents, psychologists, counsellors, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, neuroscientists and those in related professions to hear an amazing line up of world renowned pioneers speak about the connections between education and neuroscience. Be ahead of the field and part of revolutionary conversations with the potential to enhance educational practice as we know it.
We’re back at the Westin Bayshore Hotel this year, and will be treated to wonderful rooms (hotel reservations now available here) and delicious, nutritious food.
-Optional (but encouraged!) 5K run/walk to start the day, led by staff at the Westin Bayshore Hotel and our very own speaker, Dr. Lara Boyd
-Mindful moments with speaker Dr. Jamie Zimmerman to start the morning and afternoon session
-Exercise breaks between speakers led by our friends at Prime Fitness
-Collaborative table seating for all attendees!
Who Are We?
Alexandra Dunnison, Director, Eaton Arrowsmith Academy
Since as far back as I can remember I have had a passion for teaching which led to my pursuing teaching as a profession. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in New York with a double major in Developmental Psychology and Education, and later a master’s degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the school of Education at Harvard University. I have worked with the Arrowsmith Program since 2006 as both a cognitive instructor and manager and now the director of our Redmond site. I have been involved in the field of learning for over 25 years. That has encompassed teaching at the pre-school, elementary school, high school and adult levels. I have also worked in publishing at some of the leading educational publishing companies in Canada and the U.S., such as Scholastic, Inc., helping to develop reading programs and other educational resources. Over the years I had seen many students with learning difficulties and was concerned about the lack of knowledge, training and resources to help these students. Upon finding out about the Arrowsmith Program, I immediately became intrigued and excited about this cutting edge program with its basis in neuroplasticity. I am completely committed to this program that has given these students a new lease on life. The tremendous changes I have seen in cognitive capacity are inspiring indeed and this continues to spur me on to learn new things both about the science and the miracle of the brain. Furthermore, daily I have increasing respect for the resiliency and hard work of these amazing students. My husband David and I have two sons of our own who have taught us about the trials and tribulations, as well as the immense joys, of being a parent ! Outside of my work with the Arrowsmith Program I very much enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, singing and focusing on my second passion – yoga.
Amy Maharaj, Cognitive Teacher
For as long as I can remember, I aspired to teach. After graduating from Central Washington University, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Science, my aspiration became a reality and I entered the public school system as a third grade teacher. During my first year of teaching, eight of my students experienced learning difficulties, inspiring me to discover new ways to help them achieve their full potential. Watching these students flourish through their hard work and dedication gave me a great sense of satisfaction. The opportunity to help other children experiencing similar difficulties unlock their hidden capacities is why I am so excited to be able to contribute to the outstanding work being performed by the Eaton Arrowsmith community; there really is nothing more rewarding than accompanying a child on his or her journey of academic and emotional development. Aside from teaching, one of my other passions is traveling and learning about other cultures; I have lived in five countries and traveled extensively. I also enjoy hiking, baking sweet treats, spending time with friends, and playing with my dog, Rico.
Elizabeth Watt, Cognitive Teacher
Teaching comes naturally to me in the form of wanting to share with others what I know and love, eager to help others achieve their goals. My background and experiences are rich and varied, having taken the time to develop and pursue my passions. In high school I studied American Sign Language, with plans to become a teacher for deaf and hearing impaired children. In early college my interests expanded into the area of world religions and cultures. My passion for mountaineering and rock climbing led me to take a break from school, teaching rock climbing and becoming an outdoor adventure guide for teens. I’ve been a student of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism since 1998, wherein I learned to practice Mindfulness Meditation and became quite interested in brain science, and emotional regulation. I have also worked as a camp counselor, preschool teacher, and nanny before completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2008. Most recently, I taught in a special setting with students experiencing severe behavior and learning disabilities. I can’t wait to discover the depth and breadth of opportunity within the Eaton Arrowsmith community, and I plan to continue my own schooling and education, so that I can always contribute my very best to every student at Eaton Arrowsmith Academy.
Evan Siamas, Cognitive Teacher
As a student I immersed myself in philosophy, psychology and comparative religion, as well as music and language. My fascination with the complexity of the brain, how different people think and experience the world, as well as my love for empowering others and sharing ideas, led me to the field of education. I began my career teaching rhythm and percussion classes at Chief Sealth International High School and Northwest School where I worked with students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and from all over the world. Over the last four years I taught multiple subjects in the middle and high school classrooms at the Academy for Precision Learning where I worked closely with students with a diverse range of ability and challenges including those on the autistic spectrum. I am thrilled to join the faculty at Eaton Arrowsmith as a cognitive instructor and to have the opportunity to combine neuroscience and education to empower students to overcome challenges, strengthen skills and reach their full potential. I live with my wife and two daughters in Seattle, Washington.
Sarah Bradley, Academic Teacher
My first role as teacher started at age 16 when I was trained to teach swimming lessons. My mentor was a public school teacher who, over the course of four years, taught me how to teach. I was taught to find out “what makes my students tick” and to deliver instruction accordingly. These early experiences significantly impacted my teaching philosophy. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University with an emphasis in New Media Studies and focused my last year of studies on how new technologies could change instructional delivery in schools. I went on to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University San Marcos in 2002. Since that time, I have taught pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Elementary Special Education. I have also added Washington State K-12 Reading Specialist and PreK-12 Special Education endorsements to my teaching license and completed a Master of Education degree through Washington State University where I focused most of my studies on the impacts of cognitive training exercises on student performance. Over the last 5 years, I have also coached swimmers ages 5-75 and also compete in US Masters swim meets. Outside of teaching and swimming, I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my husband, teenage son and two dogs.
Christopher Wherity, Head of U.S. Operations, Eaton Education Group
As a young boy growing up on a small farm in Oregon I learned the value and effect of hard work. That work ethic and perseverance through challenges has helped me to achieve many sporting, academic and professional goals. My passion for self-improvement is something I love to share with others, helping them to improve their knowledge, skills and abilities. My post secondary education includes a Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon in Exercise and Movement Science with emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology. This was followed with a Masters degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Since the late 1980’s I’ve instructed and assisted in the development of training programs for kids and adults in the sport of ice hockey, emphasizing individual and team-based skills. For the last 13 years I’ve worked in the field of rehabilitative medicine. This included designing and implementing comprehensive exercise and educational programs for hospitals, specifically for patients with acute or chronic cardiac and pulmonary diseases. The best outcomes often occur when the patient/client/student are in control of their rehabilitative plan and have the support of leaders, family and peers. This plan includes exercises specifically designed to overload the brain and body. It is known that the heart, lungs and brain respond well to increased stimulation using the overload principle. This principle includes habitually adding stress to a system causing it to respond and adapt. I see this at work in the Eaton Arrowsmith schools and centers, furthering the breakdown of cognitive barriers by strengthening neural pathways and leading to improved cognitive processes. It is with this collaborative process in mind that I am so excited to be a part of the Eaton Educational Group team! I am inspired by their commitment to offering programs that foster life changing positive self-improvement which parallel my rehabilitative medicine experience. I am a person that practices what I teach which is reflected in my daily life. I love spending time with my wonderful wife and four great children. I remain competitive in the sports of cycling and ice hockey and enjoy keeping my physical and mental health a high priority. It is with deep admiration and excitement to bring my skills and experience and join EEG. I plan to continue to challenge myself and others in the field of neuroplasticity and cognitive education.
While each student’s path to enrolment at Eaton Arrowsmith Academy (EAA) and Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre (ECIC) in Redmond is unique, the admissions process generally encompasses the following steps:
- 1. Learning about EAA, ECIC, and the Arrowsmith Program
- 2. Contacting us
- 3. Sending documents (report cards, psych-eds, IEPs, etc.) for review
- 4. Assessment of fit
- 5. Deposit and/or payments to secure a space
- 6. Student’s first day and Arrowsmith Programming Assessment
This can be done by reviewing our websites and videos, attending information sessions, reading Howard Eaton’s book Brain School (download here) and Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s book The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, reading some of the research on the Arrowsmith Program, and reading the testimonials on our website. Please also review the descriptions of 19 cognitive areas addressed by the Arrowsmith Program to see if there is a match between your child’s or your areas of difficulty and the areas described in this list.
Please contact Admissions Director, Rose McLachlan, by phone (1-844-264-8327) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you might have. Rose would be happy to answer your initial questions and then send further information about the next steps in the admissions process.
Although formal documentation of a learning disability is not required for enrolment at EAA or ECIC, it is helpful for us to have some information about the student in order to gain a better understanding of the student’s learning profile before the initial meeting.
A meeting to review the student’s learning profile– In an in-person or phone/Skype meeting, we will review the student’s learning profile and discuss whether the program might be a good fit. At this point, a space may be offered for the current or upcoming school year (space permitting), or we might ask for further information (which may include a classroom visit) before a decision is made.
In order to secure a space at EAA/ECIC Redmond, a confirmation of enrolment form and initial payments are required. Each year, tuition payments begin in January for the following academic year. (For example, payments begin in January 2014 for the September 2014-June 2015 school year.) If a student intends to enrol for an upcoming school year before payments begin in January, we will ask for a deposit of $500 to confirm intent to enrol, which will hold the student’s space until payments begin in January.
Space permitting, students are welcome to join EAA/ECIC at any time throughout the academic year. Because each student’s program is unique and is based on the initial programming assessment, there is no need to worry about “catching up” with the rest of the class. The Arrowsmith Programming Assessment is administered only after enrolment and will determine which exercises and levels the student will work on first.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are excited to announce Eaton Educational Group will be officially offering scholarships and bursaries for new and continuing full-time and half-day students!
Bursary allocation will be based solely on financial need and amounts offered will vary according to need.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on a persuasive presentation (500 word essay or three minute multimedia presentation, as outlined in the application form).
Please note that, to apply for a scholarship or bursary, a student must either be enrolled or officially offered a place at Eaton Educational Group (Eaton Arrowsmith School, Eaton Arrowsmith Academy, Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre and Magnussen School).
Please click the following links for more information and to download our scholarship and bursary application forms.
Applications for scholarships and bursaries for the 2015-2016 school year are due March 1st, 2015. Recipients will be notified by March 16th. Students receiving financial aid will have until March 30th to accept their scholarship and/or bursary by confirmation of enrolment for the 2015-2016 school year.
Please note that all students applying for bursaries and scholarships must first have been assessed for fit by our admissions team and been offered placement.
Formalizing our scholarship and bursary program is an exciting step forward for our community! Our goal is to continue to enable more students to access this program. If you have any questions, please contact Rose McLachlan, Admissions Director, at email@example.com at any time.
Ready to Start the Admission Process?
Please contact Admissions Director,
Rose McLachlan at
(US and Canadian calls)
- Full Time Program
- Half Day Program
- Motor Symbol Sequencing Homework Club
- After School Program
- Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre
Our full time program will run from 8:30 to 3:15 with a morning break, lunch between 11:20 and 12:20, and an afternoon break as well. This program is designed for K-12 students and offers 6 cognitive exercises with one period of Math and one period of English. Mindfulness training and brain fitness classes will be included on a daily basis. Tuition: 2015-16: $30,480.00
Half day programs will run from 8:30 to 11:20 (morning program) and 12:20 to 3:10 (afternoon program). There will be a morning and afternoon program for K-12 students, and a morning program for adult students. Students in the half day program will do four cognitive exercises. Mindfulness training and brain fitness classes will be included on a daily basis. Tuition: 2015-16: $16,540.00
Students enrolled in either the full time program or half day programs will then have the option to participate in our Motor Symbol Sequencing Homework Club at an additional cost of $20 per day (prepaid) or $25 per day (drop in). This Homework Club will start after school with a short break, and will run until 5:10pm. Enrolment forms for this option will be provided to families in September (please note that there is no homework, and therefore no homework club, for the first two weeks of school).
The After School (part time) program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm from October 7th 2014 to May 28th 2015. K-12 and adult students are welcome in our After School Program. Students in this program will work on one cognitive area. Tuition: 2015-16: New Student: $8,120.00. Returning Student: $6,450.00
We will be offering a separate 10 space Arrowsmith Program for adults over the age of 18 within the Eaton Arrowsmith Academy space. Morning OR afternoon sessions will be available, and students will engage in four cognitive exercises. Tuition: $16,100
Summer Intensive Program
- Who: This intensive program is for children and adults who are a fit for the Arrowsmith Program and have gone through the assessment of fit process.
- What: The Summer Intensive Program will target the Symbol Relationscognitive function that processes and understands ideas. This is a very important cognitive function that is responsible for processing concepts, understanding and quickly grasping what we read and hear, gaining insight, logical reasoning, seeing connections between ideas, cause and effect processing, and mathematical reasoning. This cognitive function plays out in academic learning as well as in understanding our world. Individuals at all levels of functioning in this area can benefit from this program. Our experience has been that through targeting this cognitive function, we see positive changes in the individual’s ability to understand the world around them.
- Where: Eaton Arrowsmith School Vancouver and Eaton Arrowsmith Academy / Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre Redmond
- When: A total of 6 weeks of full day (9am-3:30pm) programming taking place over 2 three-week periods with a one-week break (July 6 to July 24, a one-week break, and then August 4 to August 21).
- Cost: $4800 (CAD in Vancouver and USD in Redmond)
- How to apply:
- If the student is currently attending or has been offered a space in the Arrowsmith Program, please contact Front Office Manager, Yuki Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) for registration documents.
- If the student has not yet had an assessment of fit, please contact Admissions Director, Rose McLachlan, to arrange an admissions meeting and assessment of fit for the summer program (email@example.com).
- Registration forms are due May 29, 2015
Summer Extension Program
- Who: This extensionprogram is for current and new students enrolled in the full-year Arrowsmith Program (either at one of our sites, or at another school offering the Arrowsmith Program).
- What: The Summer ExtensionProgram offers students the opportunity to continue their cognitive work over the summer months, or to get a head start on the upcoming school year if they are beginning the program in September 2015. Students work on three cognitive areas in this morning program.
- Where: Eaton Arrowsmith Schools in Vancouver and White Rock and Eaton Arrowsmith Academy / Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre Redmond (Please note that EAS White Rock will only offer this program in August)
- When: 3 weeks of half day (9am-12pm) programming in July (July 6 to July 24) and/or 3 weeks in August (August 4 to August 21)
- Cost: $1380 per session, or $2760 for both sessions (CAD in Vancouver and USD in Redmond)
- How to register:
- If the student is currently attending or is enrolled for September 2015, please contact Front Office Manager, Yuki Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) for registration documents.
- If the student has not had an assessment of fit but is considering enrolling for September 2015, please contact Admissions Director, Rose McLachlan, to arrange an admissions meeting and assessment of fit for the program (email@example.com).
- Registration forms are due May 29, 2015
Culture at EAA
Culture is very important to us at all of our Eaton Arrowsmith sites. When a family joins our community, it is our goal to enable them to feel easily welcomed and at home. Families often comment on the fact that the culture of our school is tangible, and can be felt as soon as one enters the door. We have no doubt that this same feeling will be present at EAA.
Our core communication values of Fairness Immediacy, Respect, Safety and Trust apply when interacting with anyone at EAA – student, parent or staff member. It is so important that we work as a team so as to support our children as they engage in this life changing program. The way that we interact with each other is also of great importance. Timely communication, delivered in an open, non-judgemental way is very important. Our students have often experienced academic or social struggles. They may be carrying these struggles with them when they come to EAA. It is therefore very important for us to truly understand the needs that each child brings with him or her, and the emotions that come with such needs, whenever interacting with our students, and their families!
Mindfulness, physical activity, good nutrition and adequate sleep are also very important parts of our days at EAA. All of these concepts lead to healthier, more plastic brains, ready to benefit fully from the Arrowsmith Program.
EAA/ECIC Redmond was conceptualized as a research site and students’ participation in research studies is what will allow us to move towards our goal of making the Arrowsmith Program more widely accessible so that more students can benefit from this program regardless of location or financial status. Our hope is that our Redmond families are eager to join us in our efforts by participating in an exciting research project.
Students who are enrolled at EAA in the 2014-2015 school year, and are between the ages of 9 and 17 will have the benefit of being part of a brain imaging study, at no extra cost. This study will be the first of its kind to examine the functional and physical brain changes that occur as our students engage in their Arrowsmith cognitive exercises! Here is a link where you can find more information about this research study.
The study will take place in Vancouver, BC, at the University of British Columbia, under the direction of Dr. Lara Boyd. It is the intention of researchers at the University of Washington to join this team within the coming year.
If you are interested in having your child (age 9-17) participate in this study AND he or she is an enrolled student at EAA, please contact our reception team at 604-264-8327 or firstname.lastname@example.org to place your name on our list. We will provide Dr. Boyd and her team with this list, and you will be contacted in order to arrange a suitability screening appointment.
EAA/ECIC Redmond is located at: 17946 NE 65th Street, Redmond 98052.
Our local phone number is 425-861-8327.
We’d love to speak with you! If you have an admissions inquiry, or can’t reach us at our local number, please call 1-844-264-8327 (US and Canada) or 604-264-8327 (International). Email: email@example.com
With the layout of the space, students will be able to focus on their work in their classrooms, and also have the opportunity to gather together as a large group for community-building activities, presentations, and celebrations.
We are particularly excited about this location as there is a courtyard directly behind the building, and we are adjacent to Marymoor Park, where our full time students will be able to engage in physical activity, running club, etc. There are many extracurricular activities available in the Marymoor Park area, including trail running/walking, gymnastics, flying radio-controlled airplanes, baseball, soccer and more!
For more information about the park, please visit this link.
We offer our staff an inspirational, fun, and rewarding teaching experience within a culture where positive change is always possible. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please send your resume to Sarah Cohen, Director of Human Resources, at scohen(at)eatoneducation.com.