EVENT - Lunch and Learn: The Incredible Power of the Adolescent Brain

6/28/2017 11:30 am – 01:00 pm | Campus Events

We’d be honored if you’d spend your lunch hour with us- we’ll pick up the tab! Join us at Trend Coffee and Tea House in Montclair to learn all about The Incredible Adolescent Brain!

Fusion Academy’s very own Regional Vice President, Francisco Ayala, and Regional Manager, Dr. Jennifer Walsh-Rurak, will discuss what makes adolescence ‘prime time’ for brain development, with a focus on executive functioning. They will offer a unique lens as to what is occurring for adolescents, along with some suggestions on how to approach teens with curiosity in order to understand their experience. Additionally, this presentation will provide advice for school leaders, teachers, and parents regarding ways to support and optimize this exciting developmental period.

A bit about each presenter:

Francisco Ayala holds a BA in Studio Art and Education from Dartmouth College, an MA in Teaching from Bennington College, an MS in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University.  He is currently a pursuing a doctorate in education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, through Northeastern University. Francisco has worked in education for over 10 years, initially starting as a 3rd Grade Teacher in New Haven, CT. He then moved to California where he was one of the founding faculty, and later the Assistant Principal, for a brand new charter school in Canoga Park. He continued his work in alternative education as the Regional Director for Options for Youth, supervising all of the sites in the San Fernando Valley for several years. In 2011, Francisco joined Fusion as the Head of School for the Pasadena campus, which he helped open and ran for close to a year. He then transitioned across the country into the role of Head of School for the Fusion Park Avenue and Lincoln Center campuses. Francisco now serves as the Regional Vice President for all East Coast area Fusion Academy schools.

Jennifer Walsh-Rurak earned her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Educational and Instructional Leadership from Northeastern University. Additionally, she has a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership/Administration and a Master of Science degree in Special Education both from Canisius College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Exceptionalities from SUNY Cortland. Prior to joining Fusion Academy, Jennifer spent nine years as a school principal working in public school settings in New York State and taught at the middle school level prior to becoming an administrator. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct graduate professor in the Educational Leadership department at St. Lawrence University. When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys running, Pilates, and boating. Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Fusion team and believes deeply in the power of one-to-one education.

Event Location:
Trend Coffee & Tea House
411 Bloomfield Ave,
Montclair, NJ 07042

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