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The 2019 IGNITE Center Summer Institute


The Intersection of Neuroscience, Literacy and Technology

June 25- June 27, 2019

The AIM Institute for Learning & Research® – in conjunction with Haskins Laboratories – will host the 2019 IGNITE Center Summer Institute, three days of engaging sessions led by renowned researchers in the fields of neuroscience, technology, and literacy followed by participant sessions designed to translate the research into practical applications for the classroom.

This one-of-a kind Summer Institute features time spent working side-by-side with top experts in the field of Neuroscience, Technology and Literacy today. Join us to Reimagine the Future of Education.

Keynote Topics & Speakers


Trends in the Global Impact of Neuroscience and Education

Dr. Kenneth Pugh, Co-Director of Haskins Laboratories Global L2 (Language & Literacy) Innovation Hub 

Nicole Landi

EEG Technology and its Impact on Understanding Learning and Assessment

Dr. Nicole Landi, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences University of Connecticut, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology – Yale Study Center, Director of EEG Research, Haskins Labs 

Designing the Future of Learning That We Envision Through a Student-Centered, Future-Focused Mindset

Dr. Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement & District Innovation, Montour School District (Pittsburgh)


The Corporate View of Creative Thinking and Growth Mindset

Al Chiaradonna, Vice-President, SEI Corporation


Dr. Arno Klein

Shaping the Future of Mental Health: Use of Technologies for Diagnosis and Assessment

Dr. Arno Klein, Child Mind Institute Director of Innovative Technologies and his Child Mind Institute Team

Dr. John Sabatini

From the Reading Rope to Reading the Web: Knowledge, Foundational Skills, Comprehension, Assessment, and EdTech

Dr. John SabatiniPrinciple Research Scientist, Research and Development Division, Global Assessment Center, Educational Testing Service

Literacy Solution - Mentorship Panel (Thursday Afternoon)

Facilitator: Al Chiaradonna, Senior VP at SEI


Stephanie Cramp

VP of Global Alliances

OneStream Software

Russ Kliman

Global Leader

SEI Ventures

Gina Mingioni

Gina Mingioni

VP of Strategic Initiatives

Comcast Cable Advertising

Denean Williams

Co-Founder and CEO

4Alphas Capital


This inaugural Summer Institute was supported in part by an ADVIS-Edward E. Ford Transformative Models for Independent School Sustainability grant. This matching grant supports collaboration for financial sustainability amongst ADVIS (Association for Delaware Valley Independent Schools) member schools.