Brain Awareness Week

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Capital Region BOCES

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Capital Region BOCES

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

17

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program
  • Workshop
  • Other: EAP Newsletter

Target Audiences:

  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Professionals

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400 through workshops and 1000 through EAP newsletter

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We sponsored 17 different workshops in various venues and all were very successful and well received. Included were 8 Health Class Presentations "The Teenage Brain" for 230 middle school students. We also sponsored 9 different workshops for adults which focused on Stress and the Brain", The Impact of Trauma on the Brain "and "Addiction and the Brain". In celebration of Brain Awareness Week the Capital Region BOCES sent out a special EAP newsletter to all employees it serves.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers

Other Publicity Methods:

-EAP Newsletter -Bi-Weekly Capital Region BOCES Newsletter (The BOCES Insider)

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Both the EAP Newsletter and the BOCES Insider reached the largest audience.

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • BAW Buttons

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • BAW Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: Adult/high school
  • Puzzles: K-12
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

This is our third year participating and as in previous years there has been a very positive impact. People are very interested in the topic of the brain and we are getting more and more requests from various schools and organizations to do presentations about the brain. As a result of this interest we will be doing 3 Professional Development workshops this summer. They are "The Impact of Poverty and the Brain", "Brain-Based Mental Health Interventions" and "The Teen Brain".

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Make sure to advertise your events in various ways (posters, newsletters, word of mouth, etc...)

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

"This topic was fascinating and I learned so much!" "Yesterday's presentation was well-received by all faculty and was a great "quick start" to our future plans to incorporate brain-based teaching into our curriculum." Thank you so much for this interesting and valuable presentation. Everyone seems to come together on the subject of the brain. It is such a fascinating and timely topic."

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Sheryl Kaplan

Contact Phone:

518-464-3946

Contact Email:

Sherylkaplan85@hotmail.com

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