Teacher Workshop

The annual Teacher Workshop is a unique opportunity designed to give educators an insight into what role neuroscience and early life nutrition and wellness play in the classroom.

April 17, 2021
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This event is entirely virtual. Register to receive the live-stream link.

Contact Information

Given the global pandemic, we've reimagined how to bring this event to educators around the state and region. The two keynote lectures below will be pre-recorded and posted to this website at least two weeks before the April 17 event. Then, on Saturday, April 17, in real-time,  we'll host a live-streamed opportunity for educators to bring their questions directly to the speakers. Participation in the live event will be required to receive a certificate of four hours of Continuing Professional Development units (for Oregon-based teachers). We hope to "see" you there!

Teaching in the age of social media
Alan Teo, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health, OHSU

Without a doubt, social media has changed how educators and learners interface with each other inside and outside the classroom. Can social media be harnessed for positive outcomes, while avoiding what we see play out in the news – bullying, suicide, and attention lapses? Teachers at all levels are invited to learn more about social media’s lasting impacts on students at our annual Teacher Workshop.

Alan Teo, M.D., will discuss his work on the potent influence of social contact and relationships on our mental health. He will identify links between social media use and psychological well-being, and explore the perils and promise of social media as it relates to suicide and suicide prevention in young people.

As youth spend more and more time in digital worlds, concern about social isolation in the real world has grown. In this context, Dr. Teo will also touch on his research into a psychological condition called hikikomori, which is an extreme variant of social withdrawal that most commonly occurs in young people.​

Alan Teo, M.D., M.S. is a Core Investigator in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Health Services Research & Administration (HSR&D) Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, and an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health.

Dr. Teo has conducted work that has been featured in: TIME, BBC, NPR, the New York Times, and several other news outlets.

Be Physically Active 2Day (BEPA 2.0)! Getting Kids Active with Classroom-based Brain Boosters
Kathy Gunter, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Physical Activity Specialist, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University

Learn about the development of and resources available to implement BEPA 2.0.  BEPA 2.0 is a classroom-based physical activity program aligned to K-5 state and national health and physical education standards. BEPA 2.0 can be used in and outside of the classroom and before, during or after school to increase children’s physical activity time at school.

Kathy has a majority appointment in Health Extension and is a member of the Kinesiology program faculty. She serves as director of the Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention Research Core at the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Her research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating physical activity programs. She has directed these efforts toward individuals, families, childcare environments, schools and rural populations.

She is currently the principal investigator (with Deborah John) on a five-year, federally funded project to understand the effects of school and community environments on family and child physical activity and healthy eating behaviors, and child risk for obesity.