272 pagesPublisher :
Corwin Press (February 2011)ISBN - 10 :
1412979382ISBN - 13 :
9781412979382Product Dimensions :
6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)Subjects :
Neuroscience, Medical Research, Psychology of Education, Teaching - Curricula, Classroom Planning, Learning About the author :
Dr. Rita Smilkstein's area of expertise is teaching-learning theory based on brain research and how to teach according to the brain's natural learning process. A frequent speaker nationally and internationally, her publications include textbooks for teaching study skills and grammar as well as articles on how to apply the brain's natural learning process to curriculum development and instructional methods across the disciplines. Her book, We're Born to Learn: Using the Brain's Natural Learning Process to Create Today's Curriculum (Corwin Press, 2002), won the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International's Educator's Award for 2004.
In 2005, Dr. Smilkstein received the prestigious Robert Griffin Award from the College Reading and Learning Association for long and outstanding service. In 2006, she was elected a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations. Fellows are selected based on their long-term and significant contributions to the field and a fellowship is the highest honor that may be conferred upon professionals in learning assistance, tutoring, and developmental education.
Dr. Smilkstein has degrees in English (B.A., State University of Iowa; M.A. Michigan State University) and a doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Washington) and has taught in middle school through graduate school, including 28 years at North Seattle Community College in both developmental and college-transfer programs. She was one of the founding members of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, a leader in the national learning communities movement. Currently, she is Professor Emerita (English),North Seattle Community College, and, as invited faculty, teaches educational psychology at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education.
She has received a number of teaching awards, including the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 1995, 1991; Outstanding Teacher Award, Washington Association of Developmental Education, 1994; Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Education Excellence, Washington Community Colleges/Vocational Technical Institutes Councils, 1991; and the Burlington Northern Award for Significant and Meritorious Teaching, 1990.