Creating Strategic Classrooms and Learning Environments

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, 3:30-5:30 PM EST

HOW do we empower students to learn HOW to learn so that we can reduce stress and promote academic success in school and in life? This presentation will provide an overview of executive function and metacognition and will focus on the what, why, how of teaching executive function across the grades and content areas. Attendees will learn practical strategies for promoting metacognitive awareness, flexible thinking, and executive function and for reducing stress as part of the classroom curriculum.

Institute founder and Conference Chair

Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Director, Institutes for Learning and Development (RESEARCHILD & ILD)

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ResearchILD & ILD) in Lexington, MA. She is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She is the Founder and Program Chair of this Annual Learning Differences Conference which she has chaired for the past 35 years. For 30 years, she was an Associate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Her 40 years of clinical work, research, publications, and presentations have focused on  understanding the complexity of learning and attention problems.

Her extensive publications include articles, chapters and books, most recently, Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice (2018), Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010) and The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills (2015), co-edited with Karen Harris. Together with her ResearchILD staff, she has developed SMARTS, an evidence-based Executive Function and Peer Mentoring/ Coaching Curriculum for middle and high school students (www.smarts-ef.org). She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Association for Cognitive Education conference in South Africa. She has been honored with a number of awards including the Council for Learning Disabilities Outstanding Research Award in October, 2015 and the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children with Attention Deficit Disorders).

Presenter

Donna Kincaid, Assistant Director and Director of Outreach and Training, Institutes for Learning and Development (RESEARCHILD & ILD)

Donna Kincaid, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director and Director of Outreach and Training for ILD and ResearchILD. Donna holds certification in Elementary/Special Education K-9 from Boston College, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with Supervisor/Director Certification in the area of Special Needs, from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Donna coordinates and facilitates outside professional development for private, public, and charter schools. She provides individual educational therapy and executive functioning coaching to high school and college students, as well as adults, with learning and attention issues. She also teaches executive function strategies classes for high school students, such as Master your Mind the SMARTS Way, and How to Succeed in College for rising freshmen and college students who have struggled. As a member of the Assessment Team, she conducts comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for students and adults. During her career, Donna has worked with all levels of educators from paraprofessionals to superintendents in public and private schools and was the Director of Special Education at a bilingual charter school for three years. Donna has co-authored a chapter titled Remembering: Teaching students how to retain and mentally manipulate information in a ResearchILD book for teachers titled Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010).