teacher reaches

an average of 120

students each


Annual Executive Function Conference

for teachers and parents


Executive Function Strategies: Optimizing Student Performance and Decreasing Stress


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8:30 a.m. - 3:00p.m. (teachers)

8:30a.m.-1:00p.m. (parents)

$350 (teachers)

$210 (parents including lunch)

$185 (parents, half-day session only)

And join us the following day on October 19th for the SMARTS Executive Function Fall Workshop


International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities

Crete, Greece 

June 23-25, 2019

Day 1

7:45-8:30      Registration


8:30-8:50      Welcome

                     Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.


8:50-9:50      Stretching and flexing the mind:                                              Metacognition and executive function                                      strategies that promote resilience and                                      academic success

                     Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.​

9:50-10:40    Executive function, motivation and stress in                            students with ADHD

                     Thomas Brown, Ph.D.


10:40-11:00   Coffee break

11:00-11:50   Bright students who can’t keep up: The                                   impact of slow processing speed on                                       performance

                      Steven Schlozman, M.D.


11:50-12:20   Questions and answers

                      Panel: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., Thomas                                         Brown, Ph.D., Steven Schlozman, M.D.

12:20-1:30    Networking Lunch

1:30-2:20      Learning and attention differences: The                                  building blocks of creative thinking and                                  leadership

                     Panel:Lynn Meltzer Ph.D, Dan Koh M.B.A.,                             Sasha Forbath, Billy Warren B.S.

2:50-4:30    Concurrent Sessions


                   1 .  Michael Greschler, M.Ed., Wendy                                      Stacey, M.S., Kim Davis M.Ed., Shelly                                      Levy M.Ed., 

                   Promoting EF processes across the grades:                            Fun, form, and content

                  2.  Joan Sedita, M.A.

                  Keys to comprehension:Teaching main                                   ideas, note taking and summarizing to                                     support  comprehension

​                  3.  Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.,Kathy  Button,M.Ed. 

                  Reaching for joy in math learning: Embracing                        ef processes and strategic instruction for                                students who struggle 

                 4.  Sucheta Kamath, M.A.

                 Building resilience in children with                                            language learning difficulties using mental                              flexibility and perspective taking strategies

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

                 Verbal working memory: Its role in                                            executive control and language performance

4:45-6:30  Reception for Faculty, Alumnae, and SMARTS                        Subscribers

8:30-8:45      Overview

                      Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D

8:45-9:30        Executive function strategies to support                          reading comprehension

                       Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D.

9:30-10:15      Social thinking and social competencies:                        Teaching more than social skills

                       Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, MA-CCC

10:14-10:40   Coffee break


10:45-11:30  The power of mentoring in school based                           after-school settings: From research to                             practice

                     Jean Rhodes,Ph.D.

11:30-12:00  Panel/ Questions and Answers


12:00-1:15    Lunch (on your own in Harvard Square)

1:15-2:20      Panel: SMARTS: Embedding executive                            function strategies  into the classroom                              using the SMARTS curriculum

                     Administrators and teachers from selected                       schools 


2:30-3:50      Concurrent  Sessions


                   1. Colin Meltzer, M.A., Josh Mulready B.S.

                    Developing students' strengths through  

                    projects and technology:  Why maker                               spaces matter for students with                                         learning disabilities  


                   2.  Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA

                   Embedding technology into project-                                based learning: 3-D printers and beyond

                  3.  Christopher Willard, Ph.D., Mark Bertin,                        M.D.

                   Making mindfulness stick for kids with

                    executive function challenges


                 4.  Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, MA-CCC

                    Case studies of Adolescents with ASD:

                    Strategies to promote social competencies                     while also managing anxiety and sadness        


4:05-4:30   Closing: Practical strategies for use on                              Monday morning

                   Panel: Donna Kincaid, M.Ed., Nancy                                 Trautman, M.A.T., Kim Davis, M.Ed.

Day 2

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