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
Executive function and social emotional learning are increasingly recognized as the foundation of successful learning for all students, but especially students with learning differences, ADHD, and dyslexia. But how can educators apply the latest research to help students cope with academic demands as well as increasing stress and anxiety? This year’s conference will emphasize practical strategies educators can use to support students from elementary school through middle and high school, preparing them for a lifetime of success.
7:45 - 8:30 Welcome Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.
8:50 - 9:45 Metacognition and executive function: Reducing stress
and igniting success in all students Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.
9:50 - 10:40 The impact of a growth mindset on behavior and
performance Eduardo Briceño
10:40- 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:50 Stress management strategies to accelerate student
performance Dave Anderson, Ph.D.
11:50 - 12:20 Panel: Q&A
Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. Eduardo Briceño,
Dave Anderson, Ph.D.
12:20 - 1:30 Networking lunch
1:30 - 2:45 Persistence, resilience, and EF strategies: Keys to
overcoming challenges in school and life
Tony Bashir, Ph.D., Chace Nolen, B.S., Billy Warren, B.S.
2:45 - 3:10 Break
3:15 - 4:45 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Executive function and metacognitive awareness: Strategies to boost independent learning Michael Greschler, M.Ed., Wendy Stacey, M.S., Shelly Levy, M.Ed., M.S.
Intergrating social-emotional development with academics Sara Krachman, A.B.
Reading and the brain for educators and practitioners Joanna Christodoulou, Ed.D.
When worrying takes over: Helping kids with ADHD overcome anxiety and build resiliency Sharon Saline, Ph.D.
Self-Regulated Learning in English Language Learners Kalyani Krishnan, Ph.D.
4:45 - 6:30 Reception Faculty Reception for Speakers, LD
Conference Alumnae & SMARTS subscribers
8:30 - 8:45 Overview Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.
8:45 - 9:30 Executive function and school readiness
9:30 - 10:20 Bright kids who can’t keep up
Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:35 Smart but scattered
Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP
11:35 - 12:00 Panel: Q&A
Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D. , Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch (On your own in Harvard Square)
1:15 - 2:30 School recharge: Embedding EF strategies into the
Rajneet Goomer, M.Ed.& Kristina Mannino,M.Ed.,
Robbinsville Public Schools; Hilary Shea,M.Ed.,
Cherelle Webster Payne, LICSW, Boston Public
Schools; Suellen Inwood,M.Ed., Easton Country Day
2:40 - 4:10 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Overcoming math phobia with EF strategies Joan Steinberg, M.Ed. Kathy Button, M.Ed.
Flexible mindsets: Creating spaces that reduce stress and encourage young learners to take risks. Julie Dunstan, Ph.D. Suzanna Cole, M.Ed.
Memory: A Key for Learning and Academics Surina Basho, Ph.D.
The magic of mentalizing: Applying innovations in Theory of Mind and Social Cognition to create effective interventions for Children with ASD Sucheta Kamath,MA.MA. BC-ANCDS,CCC-SLP
Digital technologies for improving thinking skills in children Randy Kulman, Ph.D.
4:15 - 4:30 Closing Panel: Practical strategies for use on
Monday morning Donna Kincaid, M.Ed. Nancy
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE
LEARNING DIFFERENCES CONFERENCE
I felt as if I was in the presence of greatness. The best of the best. What an amazing experience all around.
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