35th Annual Learning Differences Conference
March 20-21, 2020
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION STRATEGIES: The Antidote to Stress in School
Sponsored by The Research Institute for Learning and Development
Lynn Meltzer, Ph. D., Chair
At the Harvard Graduate School of Education

35th Annual Learning Differences Conference Details

ResearchILD's 35th Annual Learning Differences conference will emphasize current work on the importance of executive function strategies in mediating stress and fostering persistence and resilience in students as they navigate the many school challenges.  Presentations will focus on innovative research and the implications for effective clinical practice and classroom teaching.  There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from kindergarten into high school and the college years and span reading, writing, math, and content area subjects.

Some of our featured conference speakers:

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Session Title: Metacognition and executive function: Reducing stress and igniting success in all students.

Conference Chair, President of Institutes for Learning and Development

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

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Session Title: Smart but scattered

Psychologist, Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, program of Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth, NH

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Session Title: Bright kids who can't keep up

Director, LEAP MGH, Associate Director, MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

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Session Title: The impact of a growth mindset on behavior and performance

Co-Founder, CEO, Mindset Works

Eduardo Briceño

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Session Title: When worrying takes over: Helping Kids with ADHD overcome anxiety and build resiliency.

Psychologist, Author and Consultant

Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

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Session Title: Stress Management strategies to accelerate student performance

Senior Director of National Programs and Outreach, Child Mind Institute

David Anderson, Ph.D.



I felt as if I was in the presence of greatness. The best of the best. What an amazing experience all around. 

       School Administrator

This is my second time at this conference. Once again it is the most valuable conference I’ve ever been to. 

       SPED, middle school         teacher, public schools 


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