Many of people talk about visual thinking and visual literacy. Lots of people even use it as a regular part of the way they work.  However, few people bring it to life like our next facilitator, Laura Johnson. Her work shows that all of us–regardless of age, experience, or ability–can benefit from the techniques of visual thinking.

Her 35 years in education have been defined by an arts-rich and literacy-based approach to learning. As a teaching artist and learning specialist, Laura develops skill-based strategies to motivate diverse student populations, kindergarten through adult. Her use of personalized visual-spatial tools is inspired through her work with students with autism spectrum disorders and collegiate student-athletes. Laura’s engaging presentation appeals to a variety of professional development audiences and has been featured at The National Conference on Learning Communities, NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Conferences, and The Vizthink North American Conference on Visual Thinking, to name a few. In 2008, her work was documented in an award-winning case study by Brandon Hall Group, “Visualization in Learning: 14 Case Studies.”

Laura’s work and hands-on, practical research at the University of Toledo is truly ground-breaking. We are so lucky to have her at the event and know you will find amazing value in her stories and experience.

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