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The Neurobiological Learning Society (NLS)
2006
2630 Kapiolani Blvd #1601
Honolulu, HI 96826 USA
Phone/FAX/mssg 808-941-3927
Email: drjanik@gmail.com

A private, incorporated, state and federally-recognized non-profit, membership-based educational society dedicated to fostering the theory, methodology, ideals and concepts of neurobiologically-based, transformative learning and instruction throughout the world

During 2006, Society meetings will be held on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. at Intercultural Communications College, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1000 (10th floor), Honolulu, HI 96814 USA (Diamond Head and Ocean side corner of Kapiolani Blvd and Keheka Street) as follows:

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON 31 DECEMBER 2006

2006 Meetings and Presentations

1. January 9, 2006 - "Motivation in Neurobiological and Transformative Learning" with Terri Lee Nagahashi MAT (TESOL), Akita University Faculty of Education and Human Studies. A "roll-up-your-sleeves and problem-solve" discussion on the application of neurobiologically-based transformative learning techniques to overcome the problems and limitations of traditional 'test and grade' motivation. NLS 2006 DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES PRESENTATION.

2. February 6 - Yearly Officer Installation Meeting (open to NL Society members only)

3. March 6 - "Neurobiological and Transformative Learning in the Language Classroom" with Hisako Saito MA TESOL, Instructor, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. You've heard the theory, now come hear about its application in the ESL classroom!

4. April 3 - First of five reading/discussion meetings surrounding Dr. Daniel S. Janik's newest book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning Chapters 1&2 - "Why Do We Need Yet Another Learning Theory," and "It All Begins With Traumatic Learning" moderated by Margaret Zygo MA TESOL. A deep look into the learning mirror and what constitutes effective teacing/learning. NOTE: Copies of the book can be purchased at ICC, or directly from the publisher, from Barnes and Noble.com and from Amazon.com.

5. May 1 - Second of five reading/discussion meetings surrounding Dr. Daniel S. Janik's newest book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning Chapters 3&4 - "Making up Your Own Mind," and "Higher Learning" moderated by Joel Weaver MA TESL, co-author with Dr. Janik of How to Choose the BEST English Language School in the USA (AuthorHouse, 2006). Explore how the brain actually learns and how this translates into data, information, awareness and meaning at the personal, social, world and spiritual levels.

6. May 30 - Third of five reading/discussion meetings surrounding Dr. Daniel S. Janik's newest book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning Chapters 5&6 - "What Our Bodies Tell Us," and "What Machines Are Saying About Us" moderated by Hisako Saito MA TESL. Jump head-first into the world of neuobiology and medical imaging and acquire the vocabulary and background to understand the newest, ongoing neurobiologically-based learning studies as they unfold.

7. June 26 - Fourth of five reading/discussion meetings surrounding Dr. Daniel S. Janik's newest book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning Chapters 7&8 - "The Neurobiological Way," and "Neurobiological Learning" moderated by Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004) and Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Get an "eagle's eye" view of neurobiologically-based transformative learning - the posited second effective learning pathway.

8. July 24 - Fifth and last of five reading/discussion meetings surrounding Dr. Daniel S. Janik's newest book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning Chapters 9&10 - "A Great Theory, so How's It Working," and "A Personal Invitation to Participate" moderated by Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Langauge Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004) and Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Roll up your educator sleeves and take a hard look at applying neurobiologically-based transformative learning in the classroom, small groups, tutoring and by distance - discussion will center on some of the unique results of application including peripheral learning, the importance of learning resources over curriculum, effective non-traumatic alternatives to testing and evaluation, and the nature of transformative truth.

9. August 15 - SPECIAL LECTURE - NLS in association with the Department of Second Language Studies of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is pleased to present "Daring to Dream: Fostering Transformative Learning in a Traditional System" with Terri Lee Nagahashi MAT (TESOL), Akita University Faculty of Education and Human Studies. A critical look at applying neurobiologically-based transformative learning in a traditional university teaching environment. NOTE: Ms. Nagahashi's lecture will be held at University of Hawaii Manoa, 11 St. John Hall, from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1:15 p.m.

10. August 21 - (originally scheduled for 3 April) "TOEFL by Internet: An Example of Distance-based, Disquisitional Transformative Learning" with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa; Adjunct Professor of Writing, Hawaii Pacific Univerisity, Honolulu, HI; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii. Author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Langauge Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004) and Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Can ESL be taught on the internet over distance? Is distance education compatible with the theory and tenets of neurobiologically-oriented transformative learning? What does disquisitional learning actually look and feel like to students and mentors? Builds on Neurobiological, Transformative and Disquisitional Learning, Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine Online 05 Aug.

11. September 18 - "The Neuroanatomy of Learning" with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa; Adjunct Professor of Writing, Hawaii Pacific Univerisity, Honolulu, HI; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii. Author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Langauge Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004) and Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). A quick, easy, entertaining, one-hour course on the neuroanatomy of effective learning for teachers, linguists, students, parents, administrators and researchers interested in how learning really occurs in the human.

12. October 16 - "Mentor-Training and Transformative Learning Implementation: Initial Evaluation Stage-Setting" with Brian Shoen, Graduate Student, M.A. in Second Language Studies Program, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Are effectiveness and efficiency really the primary, universal bases of learning evaulation? Come join us for a first look at evaluating neurobiologically-grounded, curiosity-based, discovery-driven, mentor-assisted, transformative learning.

13. November 13 - "Mentor-Training and Transformative Learning Implementation: Initial Evaluation Stage-Setting (Continued from last month)" with Brian Shoen, Graduate Student, M.A. in Second Language Studies Program, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Are effectiveness and efficiency really the primary, universal bases of learning evaulation? Come join us for a first look at evaluating neurobiologically-grounded, curiosity-based, discovery-driven, mentor-assisted, transformative learning. Our discussion was so rich, we decided to continue last month's meeting!.

14. December 11 - CANCELLED - NO MEETING

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"TOEFL by Internet" with Hisako Saito, has been rescheduled and this meeting cancelled. For the 2007 meeting schedule see link below. Happy Holidays! Look forward to a great meeting year beginning with opportunities to hear and meet Dr. Robert Sylwester and Mr. Brent Cameron, Distinguished Lecturers in early 2007!

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What's new for 2007? Take a peek at our exciting 2007 meeting schedule. Also, NLS has begun accepting books, articles and enduring public education media addressing any aspect of neurobiologically-based learning, but especially, neurobiologically-based transformative learning for the 2007 NLS Choice and Top Choice Awards. Don't forget to renew your membership for 2007 - members always experience substantial discounts!

NLS "Distinguished Lecturer Series" Library (Free to members - check out these DVD's of major NLS presentations at any NLS meeting):

NLS1 - "The Brain and Language" by Dr. Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, University of California Berkeley - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 31 May 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "drjanik@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS1.

NLS2 - "The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language" by Dr. John Schumann, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics and Interdepartmental PhD Program at University of California Los Angeles - Presented before the Nurobiological Learning Society on 21 November 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "drjanik@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS2.

Society Information

Meetings are free to members and include (1) guaranteed, preferred seating, and (2) guaranteed seating at discussion and/or dinner with speaker after meeting (food and drinks at dinner discussions are at participants expense). Meetings are open to non-members at $5 per student* or $10 per non-student per meeting. Non-member seating is on a first come - first served basis as long as seating is available.
*Student means full-time participant in approved associate, baccalauriate, masters or doctoral degree program at the time of the meeting. Students must show an acitive and valid student identification card.

The Membership year is 1 January to 31 December.

Membership categories and dues:

  • Professional (Regular) Member - $25 per year (full or part-time; 1 vote)
  • Student (non-voting) Member - $10 (see student definition above)
  • Life Member - $500 (one time; 1 vote)
  • Corporate Member - $1000 (one time) or $100 per year (includes membership for all corporate employees, a free advertisement and link below; 2 collective vote total)
  • Sustaining Member - $2500 (one time) OR $250 per year (2 votes)
  • Patron Member - $5000 (one time) OR $500 per year (3 votes)

If you would like to serve on our Board of Trustees please send us an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES" and in the body of the email what specifically you would bring to the Society (Board of Director members may be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron Members except that one Student member may serve on the Board of Directors during any year; Professional and/or Student members are given free membership during their actual vested service years).

Non-Profit Status - NLS is recognized by the IRS and State of Hawaii as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. Your dues and contributions are tax deductable. Members are also encouraged to write grants in association with NLS (NLS takes a flat 10% in indirect costs to administer the grant).

Election of Officers is by membership present or proxied at the first meeting following 1 July. Elected officers act as Officers-in-Training from 1 July to the first meeting after 1 January when they are invested to serve for 1 year (Officers must be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members; Professional Members are given free membership during their actual vested service years).

We have opportunities for interested members to serve on a variety of committees - if interested, please send us an email with SUBJECT stating "COMMITTEE" and we will get back to you with a list of committees needing assistance (Committee membership is open to Professional, Student, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members).

NL Certificate, Diplomate and Fellow recognition - in progress.

2006-07 Acting Officers:
President - Dan Janik
Vice President - Maggie Bills
Secretary - Hisako Saito
Treasurer - Christina Widjaja

Current Board of Trustees:
Dr. Daniel Janik MD PhD
Physician-Educator (Psychology/Neurobiological and Transformational Learning/Linguistics)
Mr. Joel Weaver MA TESL
School Administrator-Educator (TESL)
Ms. Christina Widjaja MA Linguistics/TESL
Educator (TESL/Linguistics)
Ms. Betty Compton MA EFL
Administrator-Educator (Elementary Education/EFL)
Ms. Setsuko Tsuchiya LMT
Massage Therapist (Kinesthetic Learning)

Interesting Links:

  1. 2005 NLS Meetings
  2. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Resources
  3. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Discussion Group

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