SAGE Conference

MTSPDDay 2016

The Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children presents


Terry Small

Storytelling and the Brain - How Stories Change the Brain!

Stories are how the brain learns best.

Stories profoundly affect and shape brains. They are the most effective teaching tool we have. Stories are the #1 brain state changer on the planet because they connect brain and heart. People accept ideas more readily when brains are in story mode as opposed to an analytical mind-set! Find out why!

In this cutting-edge seminar you will discover the latest neuro-scientific findings on how stories affect the brain and why teachers must include more stories in the classroom. Our love of storytelling reveals much about the workings of the mind.

You will:

  • be inspired by great stories.

  • become a better storyteller yourself!

  • discover why stories transport the brain... scientists have a name for this... do you know what it is?

  • learn how to integrate stories into any subject matter.

  • learn where to find great stories... and much more!


Mental health is a complex, multi-faceted, multi-theoretical human condition reaching far beyond the scope of the education system alone.  As educators, however, we have tremendous influence on the mental health and wellbeing of students and families.  Though the topic is complex, in many ways, the solutions to some of the challenges are quite simple; relationships, authenticity, a knowledge of mental health, and perhaps a slight philosophical bend in pedagogy can all lead to profound changes in the lives of our students hopefully leaving us feeling positive and fulfilled at the end of each day.  This day will inspire you to foster a deeper understanding of mental wellness, as well as the impact flourishing or languishing mental health has on the children, youth, and families we serve.  Leave the day feeling empowered to nurture learning communities of strength and stability, improving the mental wellness of all of your students and the communities in which you work. 


Through interactive group experiences, information sharing and discussions, we will explore the complexities and impact of mental health in Manitoba schools.  The day will ebb and flow between theory and practice, intertwined with stories, activities and strategies to take back with you.  



Terry has presented on the brain for over 33 years to organizations around the world. His knowledge, warmth, humour and dynamic presentation style have made him a much sought-after speaker at workshops and conferences. His presentations are engaging, humorous, practical, and all based on the latest brain science.

Terry believes, "Anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire."

Terry's wealth of teaching experience and extensive involvement in applied neuroscience and make him an outstanding resource of the business and educational communities. He resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he is a frequent lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Terry Small's Philosophy is simple: "Success is a skill anyone can learn."



Location: Canad Inns Destination Centre Garden City,  2100 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg

Time: 8:30–8:55 a.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. Session begins 

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch break (subject to change) 

3:30 p.m. End of Session, door prize draws 

Registration Fees

  • MCEC Member……………………$40
  • MCEC Student Member………….$35
  • Non-Member……………………....$55
  • Student Non-Member…………….$40
  • Other (Associate/Retiree/EA)……$35

Make cheque payable to MCEC. No On-site Registration!

Conference Information (Where to send registration, etc.)

SAGE Registrar:

Barbara Metro
Administrative Secretary
La Barriere Crossings School
245 Le Maire Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba   R3V 1M2
Phone:  204-275-5048    Fax:  204-275-6299

Download a registration form here.