36th Annual Executive Function Conference

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36th Annual Executive Function Conference

Executive Function, Attention and Stress:

Promoting Resilience and Equity for ALL Students

Conference Founder and Chair: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

November 11-12th, 2021

Early bird price through 6/30/21: $535

Regular Price: $595

Special discounts for SMARTS educators: $530

(all packages include digital binder)

Program Description:

This 36th Annual Executive Function and Learning Differences conference will address the close connections between executive function, stress, persistence, and school performance. This year’s virtual conference will emphasize the role of executive function as a cornerstone of equity in education. Presentations will focus on the importance of creating strategic classrooms and fostering equity by promoting metacognitive awareness, executive function strategies, persistence, and resilience in all students.

The conference will highlight practical strategies for promoting metacognition, executive function, and equity in all students from K-12 to college. We will address the following issues:

  • As students return to their classrooms after the pandemic recedes, how do we build a school culture that re-engages all students and promotes self-understanding, persistence, and resilience?
  • How do executive function strategies build a foundation for equity in our classrooms and our schools?
  • How do we promote executive function by teaching strategies for goal-setting, cognitive flexibility, organizing and prioritizing, accessing working memory, and self-monitoring so we can empower students to succeed in the classroom as well as during online learning?
  • How do we promote students’ strengths in social-emotional areas so we reduce their anxiety and stress in the context of the classroom?
  • How do executive function weaknesses affect the performance of students with LD, ADHD, ASD, and other learning difficulties?

This conference will include a combination of live plenary sessions, pre-recorded workshop sessions, and smaller break-out sessions in chat rooms to provide opportunities for in-depth discussion. The program will emphasize the application of theory and research to educational practice.

 Who Should Attend

This conference is designed for professionals in education, psychology, child development, speech and language pathology, school psychology, home-school education, and other related field.

All attendees are eligible for a Certificate of Attendance for 13 hours of instruction

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Featured Speakers

Institute founder and Conference Chair

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.
Founder and Program Chair
President and Director, Institutes for Learning and Development, ResearchILD and ILD.

Creating Strategic Classrooms: Re-Engaging Students to Promote Self-Understanding and Resilience

Featured Speakers

Irvin Scott, Ed.D.,

Harvard University Faculty-Senior Lecturer on Education

Equity Detectives: The Heart of the Matter for Teachers and Schools

Presenter-Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.

Dean, Rossier School of Education; Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Southern California.

Educating Equitably After the Pandemic: Promoting Student Agency and Self-Understanding

Presenter-George McCloskey

George McCloskey, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research, School of Professional and Applied Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Strengthening Students’ Resilience through the Motivation-EF Connection

Presenter-Maurice Elias

Maurice Elias, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Director, Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. Co-Director, Rutgers-based Academy for SEL in Schools

Social Emotional Learning and Character Development: The Foundations of Safe and Successful Schools

Presenter-Linda Nathan

Linda Nathan, Ed.D.

Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship; Co-founder, Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi)

Using Arts to Create Schools that Address Students’ Strengths and Embed Equity

Presenter-David Flick

David Flink, Ed.M.

Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, Eye to Eye 

Identity, Advocacy, and Accommodations: Transitioning to a World After COVID

Concurrent Sessions


Michael Greschler, M.Ed. & Shelly Levy, M.Ed.

Executive Function and Organization: Unlocking Students’ Ability to Stay Organized

Wendy Stacey, M.Ed

EF Strategies and Reading

Presenter-Donna Kincaid

Donna Kincaid, M.Ed. 

Flexible Thinking: Practical Strategies to Improve Academic Performance and Reduce Stress

Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Self-monitoring and Self-Regulation: From School to Home and Back

General Strand

Kim Carter, M.Ed.

Student Identity and Student Agency: Strategies for Engagement, Inclusion, and Equity

Chris Willard, M.Ed

Mindfulness, Metacognition, and Stress Reduction

Anthony S. Bashir, Ph.D., and Bonnie Singer, Ph.D.

The Role of Working Memory in Speaking and Written Language

Joan Sedita, M.Ed.

Comprehension Strategy Instruction for Students with Executive Function Difficulties

David Melnick, M.S.W.

Transforming Trauma:  Helping Schools Become Healing Places 

Wed November 10, 4pm

SMARTS VIP Session: SMARTS Around the World

Please contact Jamie Cutler @ [email protected] with any questions regarding registration, etc. 


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