• Elizabeth Ross

10th Annual Executive Function Conference for Parents and Teachers


The ResearchILD 10th Annual Executive Function Conference is coming soon!

Join us on October 25 at Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington, MA, to learn how executive function processes (goal setting, flexible thinking, organizing, prioritizing, accessing working memory, and self-monitoring and checking) impact academic tasks such as homework and project-based learning.


This year’s conference features talks from:


  • Dr. Lynn Meltzer, the Conference Chair, and an internationally recognized researcher in the field of executive function

  • Dr. Chris Willard, an expert in using mindfulness to support students both in and out of school. Dr. Willard will discuss the role of stress in students’ lives and will provide mindfulness strategies for students of all ages.


Staff from the Institutes of Learning and Development

We’re also offering two conference programs: one for teachers and one for parents, representing two groups of adults who are at the front lines of helping students succeed.


Executive Function Conference for Teachers

October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The Teachers program explores current executive function research and the technical aspects of teaching executive function strategies to students across a wide range of ages and ability levels. Teachers and administrators will deepen their understanding of:


• The complex nature of executive function processes • How executive function weaknesses impact homework and project completion • How explicit executive function instruction and mindfulness can reduce stress • The importance of self-awareness and flexible thinking for academic success • How to reframe homework and projects with an executive function lens • Specific grade-appropriate strategies to foster independent and successful learners


Learn more and register for the Executive Function Conference for Teachers.


Executive Function Conference for Parents

October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.


The Parents program focuses on how executive function strategies can improve children’s lives today. This conference will support parents’ understanding of:


  • How executive function weaknesses impact homework and project completion

  • Strategies to optimize student success in completing homework and projects

  • How teaching key executive function strategies of goal-setting, planning, prioritizing, time management, self-monitoring and checking can lead to independent and successful learners

  • How explicit executive function instruction and mindfulness can reduce stress

Learn more and register for the Executive Function Conference for Parents.


Whichever program you choose, you’ll come away with a new understanding of executive function skills and how to implement them with the children you support.

This is going to be our biggest and most exciting Executive Function conference yet,  and I hope to see you there!



Elizabeth Ross, MA, SMARTS  Media Manager

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