Over 600 educators from across the Midwest will converge in Union next for the Whole Brain Teaching Missouri Conference.

The Union R-XI School District has partnered with several other Franklin County school districts and Missouri Baptist University to bring Chris Biffle, a nationally recognized authority on teaching challenging students, to lead the two-day conference July 17-18.

Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive approach to instruction and classroom management. It is based on contemporary brain research and is designed to increase the levels of student engagement and improve retention of information. Whole Brain Teaching strategies are already in use by thousands of teachers across the country, and their use has increased in recent years among teachers in the Union district.

All strategies and materials for incorporating Whole Brain Teaching into a classroom are provided free of charge to educators. To date, over 600 teachers from throughout the region have registered for the conference at Union High School.

The conference is sponsored by the Union, St. Clair, St. James, and Sullivan school districts and Missouri Baptist University, as well as the PTOs of Clark-Vitt, Beaufort, and Central elementary schools in Union; and East Central College, Central Methodist University and the Union R-XI Foundation.

There are 108 people registered from Union R-XI School District alone.

The district’s professional development committee, headed up by Kendra Fennessey, worked to bring the conference to Union. Over the past few years, there have been 30-40 people sent to be trained. This year, Union hosts the only mid-west conference.