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Will "Brain-Based School" Certification criteria be accepted in other countries?

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      Ricky Chan

      We’ve provided teacher training on Brain-Based Teaching since 2005 after certified by Dr. Eric Jensen. This year we have 14 schools working with us on school-based staff development program, and 3 kindergartens, 2 primary schools nominated to become “Brain-Awareness” or “Brain-Friendly” level of school certification. It is a very holistic and effort demanding process to ensure teaching staff of the schools all collaborate to master brain research principles and brain-compatible strategies to make positive changes. We hope that more schools in Hong Kong or Mainland China will be interested to take part in the certification. In order to uplift the program to world recognized level, we sincerely look forward to working with Educators / Trainers in other countries. Followings are our “Brain-Friendly” level certification criteria. Will these criteria be accepted or applicable to schools in USA or other regions of the world?

      Brain-Friendly School Certification
      Standard & Criteria

      Basic Structure Level
      -“Brain health & development” should be highlighted in yearly plan or concern
      -School should have development plans and schedule on infusing “Brain-Based Education” in 3-5 years period
      -Not less than 20 “Brain Friendly” guidelines and suggestions for staff concerning different aspects (at least on classroom teaching, discipline & counseling, co-curricular or physical activities)
      -95% teaching staff should have participated in one-year training on “Brain-Based Teaching” conducted by International certified/Re-certified Brain-Based Trainers (Or 4 days training on “Brain-Based” related topics conducted by International certified/Re-certified “Brain-Based Trainers”)
      -Minimum 20% staff have been certified as “HK Brain-Based Teacher”
      -Minimum 50 books related to “Brain-Based Education” are in library stock, half for staff and half for students as learning reference

      Review, Reflect & Research Level
      -Minimum two 30 minutes sessions for staff to share their experience on “Brain-Based Teaching” annually
      -Issue/event/experience sharing on “Brain-Based” topic/theme should be published on newsletter of any kind at least twice within a year
      -Review of the application of “Brain-Compatible Strategies” should be made twice a year in panel meetings
      -Each teacher should review the application of “Brain-Compatible Strategies” and fill in the strategies checklist for frequently / often / seldom / never applied categories at the end of the year
      -The application and/or effects of “Brain-Based Education” should be highlighted in annual school report.

      Assessment Level
      -Brain health habits development’s assessment should be designed for teachers and parents to understand students’ living pattern (e.g. sleep pattern, physical exercise, diet). Minimum 2 times being done at the beginning, middle or the end of the school year. (* Minimum 8 items’ questionnaire)
      -“Brain Performance Development Report” should be issued parallel to the academic report reflecting on the improvement of the students (e.g. performance on attention, concentration and relaxation, as well as their eating habits, sleep pattern, drinking water, physical exercise, state management – diaphragmatic breathing, etc)

      Implementation Level
      -“Brain-Based Teaching” should be the focus of lesson planning and be discussed in panel lesson planning sessions
      -10 sets of “Brain-Compatible Strategies” are chosen to be the focuses of lesson observation involving 100% of staff (either appraisal or peer observation) within a school year
      -Every teacher should tape one lesson for demonstrating at least 10 sets of “Brain-Compatible Strategies” being successfully applied within a school year (10% teacher’s tape will be chosen randomly to be inspected by external Brain-Based trainers for verification)
      -“Brain-Based Teaching” should be one of the focuses for appraisal and official lesson observation assessment
      -Guidelines for all staffs (including janitor staff) avoid/reduce interrupting lessons (e.g. calling kids, distributing stuffs, collecting materials, etc)
      -Provide Talks on “Brain-Based Learning” or related topic for students, minimum once a year

      Nature & Nurture Level
      -Allows students drink water and include diaphragmatic breathing in lessons
      -Suggestions & recommendations for teaching staffs on “creating ideal brain-conducive environment for learning” (e.g. safety, lighting, nature light, temperature, sound effect quality of PA system, etc)
      -At least one member in counseling team gained the “Hong Kong Brain-Based Teacher” certification/recertification
      -“Brain-Awareness” recommendations/suggestions for parents through leaflet, website, or specific section in student’s handbook
      -50% students’ parent at least attended one talk, workshop or seminar on “Brain” related topics within their child/children education in school
      -Catering & food provided in school will be based on “Brain Health” principles
      -Peripherals for increasing the awareness of “Brain-Based Education”
      -Provide 3 times 30 minutes physical exercise opportunities for 95% or above students every week during the school term. (e.g. 2 P.E. lessons plus an extra/co-curricular activity), or with Brain-energizers during school days

      Your comments and recommendations are most appreciated!!

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      I can´t assure you that it will be accepted here in Panama, but it sounds interesting and worth to try. It´s a fact that there are talks and intentions to improve the educational system in the country. How do you think/plan to introduce this to other countries? I suggest this could be offered on a trial basis with some private schools probably being an easier target to compromise. Since you already have experimented with the implementation I think it would be great to introduce it to other countries and do the accommodations according to each cultural needs and differences.

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