As readers of this blog will know, I’ve recently been writing a bit about cognitive load theory and how it’s led to changes in my thinking and teaching. I debated some of its foundational ideas on a recent podcast, as well. After presenting on CLT in the fall, NWAIS asked me back as part of their “Conference Stars” series. I encourage you to register!

Cognitive Load Theory:
The “single most important thing for teachers to know”
January 31, 2022 ~ 3:30-4:30pm PT / 4:30-5:30pm MT
Virtual Workshop

Who Should Attend

K-12 teachers and academic leaders

Workshop Description

Cognitive Load Theory: The “single most important thing for teachers to know”

Interest in cognitive load theory has exploded in recent years, with educationalist Dylan Wiliam describing the theory as the “single most important thing for teachers to know.” More than just an abstract idea, cognitive load theory is a framework of practical recommendations that teachers across all subjects can use to optimize student learning. The session presenter will engage participants with visuals and storytelling around the teaching strategies recommended by cognitive load theory, draw connections between the theory and real classroom scenarios, and conclude with activities that have teachers applying their new understandings to redesign conventional instructional materials that often lead to cognitive “overload.”

Presenter: Zach Groshell

Zach Groshell is the Director of Educational Technology at an independent school in Seattle. Previously, he has served as an instructional coach, design technology teacher, and elementary teacher in international schools in Vietnam, Sudan, and China. Zach is currently completing the final requirements of a PhD in Education with a specialization in instructional design for online learning. Zach presents often about cognitive science and education research, and he maintains an active professional presence on Twitter (@mrzachg) and his blog,

The Fall Educators Conference is NWAIS’s signature event. It brings together teachers from across the region to connect with national thought leaders as well as each other for a rich day of reflection and learning.

One of the pieces of feedback that we hear each year is “There is so much great content, and you can only see a small portion that day.”That is why we are bringing back the “stars” of the conference — the highest rated breakout sessions — to offer their sessions to the entire NWAIS community in a virtual format. 

This initiative is rooted in the best parts of NWAIS. Educators learning together and from each other, showcasing the great work going on in member schools and the expertise right here in our region. We hope you’ll join us in watching these stars shine bright – sign up for a session today!


NWAIS Attendees: $35 

Non-NWAIS Attendees: $65

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