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Executive Function and Social-Emotional Learning: Promoting Students’ Engagement in the Learning Process

This year, the 33rd Annual Learning Differences conference will emphasize current work on executive function, social-emotional learning, motivation, effort, and resilience. Presentations will focus on innovative research implications for effective clinical practice and classroom teaching. There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that address the needs of all students, but are essential for students with learning challenges and attention difficulties across the grades and in different domains including reading, writing, math and content area subjects.

Download the full program here 

Register Here – and take advantage of our Early Bird Special Rate

Featured Speakers:

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.  – is the Conference Chair and also the President and Director of the Institutes for Learning and Development

Adele Diamond, Ph.D. – Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. – Founder, Child and Adult Psychiatrist, Hallowell Center

Harold Koplewicz, M.D.  – President, Child Mind Institute

Robert Brooks, Ph.D. –Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Faculty, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Marcus Soutra, B.A. – President, Eye to Eye National

Linda Nathan, Ed.D. – Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship; Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education



8:30 – 8:50      Welcome

Lynn Meltzer Ph.D. (chair),

8:50 – 9:45      Panel: Executive Function and social emotional learning: How this impact engagement in the classroom?

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. (chair), Adele Diamond, Ph.D., Harold Koplewicz, M.D., Rober Brooks, Ph.D.

9:45 – 10:35    Executive Function processes: What they are, why they’re important, and how we improve them

Adele Diamond, Ph.D.

 10:35 – 10:55  Break

10:55 – 11:45  More than nervous or moody: The effects of anxiety and depression on student performance

Harold Koplewicz, M.D.

 11:45 – 12:15  Panel: Questions and Discussion

Adele Diaomnd, Ph.D., Harold Koplewicz, M.D.

12:15 – 1:45    Networking Lunch

1:45- 2:45        The demon of ADHD: The importance of self-regulation for learning and behavior

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D.

2:45 – 3:10      Break


1. Minds that Bend: Promoting flexibility and self – understanding

in students across the grades

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

2. The influence of anxiety on the self – regulation of academic writing

Anthony Bashir, Ph.D., Bonnie Singer, Ph.D.

3. Cognitive Neuroscience of reading

Joanna Christodoulou, Ed.D.

4. Embedding Universal Design for Learning (UDL), in English Language

Arts teaching

Jenna Gravel, Ed.D.

5. Best graphic organizers to teach math facts and procedure

Chris Woodin, Ed.M



8:30 – 8:50      Overview

Lynn Meltzer Ph.D. (chair),

8:50 – 9:40      When grit is not enough

Linda Nathan, Ed.D.

9:45 – 10:35    From Doubt to greatness: The power of social – emotional learning for youth with LD and ADHD

Marcus Soutra, B.A.

10:35 – 10:55  Break

11:00 – 12:00  Panel: Executive Function Strategies: A game – changer in schools

Suellen Inwood, M.Ed., Karla Estrada, Ed.D., Lisa Waterrose, M.S., 

Jane Gertler, Ed.D., Gina Manes, M.S.

 11:45 – 12:15  Panel: Questions and Discussion

Adele Diaomnd, Ph.D., Harold Koplewicz, M.D.

12:00 – 1:15  Lunch (On your own in Harvard Square)

1:15- 2:15   The importance of strategies: But strategies for what?

Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

2:45 – 3:10      Break


1. Executive Function across the grade levels: Strategies that work

Michael Greschler, M.Ed., Wendy Stacey, M.Ed., Kim Davis, M.Ed.

2. Self-regulated learning in urban English Language Learners

Kalyani Krishnan, M.A., C.A.G.S., N.C.S.P.

3. Laying the foundation for strong EF processes in preschool years:

A flexible mindset approach

Julie Dunstan-Brewer, Ph.D.

4.Promoting social -emotional learning through digital tools, featuring 

the PBS series Arthur

Mary Haggerty, M.A., Milena Batanova, Ph.D.

5. ASD: Engaging students with Asperger’s Syndrome in the general

education setting

Dot Lucci, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

3:55 -4:25 Closing Panel: Practical strategies for use on Monday morning

Donna Kincaid, M.Ed., Joan Steinberg, M.Ed., Nancy Trautman, M.A.T.

4:30 Closing


The 33rd Annual Learning Differences conference will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Click here for a campus map 
and please contact us with questions or if you request information regarding the location.


The program fee includes breaks, a networking lunch, and a certificate of completion. Instructional binders with course information are available for an additional $65. Registrations made up to December 11, 2017 receive the early registration rate of $595, after which the $650 rate applies.  Limited seats are available for full time students at a rate of $260. See the registration form or website for details.


Cancellations must be made in writing. Full refunds will be granted until February 1, 2018 Cancellations received between February 1 and February 15 are subject to a 10% administrative fee. Cancellations after February 15 and no shows are subject to full payment. ResearchILD reserves the right to cancel the program and change faculty at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, ResearchILD is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrange­ments or other planning costs incurred.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation ex­penses.


Bee Keswa: bkeswa@researchild.org Tel: 781-861-3711, Ext 206