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(This schedule is preliminary and subject to change)

Friday, November 13, 2015 • Pre-Conference Workshops

Location: Westin Copley Place (All workshops are located on third floor of hotel)
1) Positive Classrooms
2) Learning to Read Words
3) Power of Resilience
4) Executive Skills
5) Assessing Non-Cognitive Skills
6) ADHD and Trauma
(RP, K-College) (RP, PreK-6th Grade) (P, K-12th Grade) (P, 7th-12th Grade) (RP, K-College) (RP, PreK-College)
8:30 AM – 12:35 PM 8:30 AM – 12:35 PM 8:30 AM – 12:35 PM 8:30 AM – 12:35 PM 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Invisible Classroom: Using Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Relationships for Well-Being

Kirke H. Olson, PsyD

(book signing: 12:35PM-12:50PM)

Learning to Read Words: A Mind, Brain and Education Perspective

Donna J. Coch, EdD
The Power of Resilience in Youth

Sam J. Goldstein, PhD
Smart But Scattered: Helping Teens Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential

Margaret (Peg) Dawson, EdD, NCSP and Richard Guare, PhD, D-BCBA
Part I –  Measuring Students’ Non-Cognitive Skills and Schooling

John D.E. Gabrieli, PhD
Part I – Mindful ADHD: Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress and Helping Students Thrive

Mark Bertin, MD (book signing: 12:35PM-12:50PM)
10:05 AM – 11:05 AM 10:35 AM – 12:35 PM

Part II – Measuring and Assessing Character Strengths (6th Grade-College)

Robert E. McGrath, PhD

Part II – Managing The Fear-Driven Brain: Helping Children with a History of Abuse and Neglect Learn

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD 

(book signing: 12:35PM-12:50PM)

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Part III – Character's Edge (K-12th Grade)

Dominic A.A. Randolph, MEd

12:35 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own)

Friday, November 13, 2015 • Conference Day 1

Opening Keynote Addresses: The Science of Self-Regulation, Kindness and Brain Plasticity
1:30 PM Welcome: Daniel A. LaGattuta, PhD, President, Public Information Resources, Inc.
Opening Remarks: David B. Daniel, PhD, Department of Psychology, James Madison University
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Keynote Address I
Self-Control and Self-Esteem: Their Contribution to Success in School and Life
Roy F. Baumeister, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Keynote Address II
How Mind and Brain Enable Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test and Beyond
Walter Mischel, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM Networking Coffee Break and Book Signing (for Drs. Baumeister and Mischel)
3:50 PM to 5:05 PM Keynote Address III (includes 10 minute activity)
Positive Neuroplasticity: Tapping the Power of Everyday Experiences to Build Resilience
Rick Hanson, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
5:05 PM to 6:05 PM Keynote Address IV
Educating Hearts and Minds: Promoting Empathy, Compassion and Kindness in Children and Youth
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
6:05 PM – 7:00 PM Dana Alliance Meeting of the Minds Reception and Book Signing (for Dr. Rick Hanson)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 • Conference Day 2

Morning Keynote Addresses: The Science of Character and Resilience
8:30 AM Welcome Remarks: Deborah Donahue-Keegan, EdD, Co-Director, MA SEL-Teacher Education Consortium
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Keynote Address I
Amplifying the Passion for Learning: The Power of Character Strengths in Education
Neal H. Mayerson, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee Break, Exhibits and Poster Sessions
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Keynote Address II
Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence on Self-Regulation and Resilience
Laurence D. Steinberg, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Keynote Address III
Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD

Room: America Ballroom
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own) and Book Signings (for Drs. Steinberg and Ginsburg)
1:30 PM to 5:35 PM Afternoon Concurrent Sessions ‘A’
1) The Science of Moral Character
2) School Success & Self-Regulation
3) Developing Teen Resilience
4) Resilient Minds Grit & Meditation
5) Managing Behaviors
6) Social Skills & Character Skills
(RP, All Ages/Grades) (RP, PreK-12th Grade) (RP, 6th-College) (RP, PreK-12th Grade) (RP, K-12th Grade) (RP, 6th-12th Grade)
1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–2:30 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–3:00 PM
Part I – The Science of Virtue: Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride As Routes to Self-Control, Social Resilience and Success

David A. DeSteno, PhD
(book signing: 3:00PM-3:15PM)
Part I –  Emotions Matter: The Role of Grit and Social-Emotional Literacy for School Success

Marc A. Brackett, PhD
Part I – A Theory of Social-Emotional Development and Resilience in Youth: Implications for Assessment and Practice

Gil G. Noam, EdD, PhD

Part I – Mindsets, Beliefs and Resilience: Strengthening Student Resilience in School

Sara L. Truebridge, EdD 

(book signing: 3:00PM-3:15PM)

Part I – Effective Behavioral Strategies in the Classroom

Sam J. Goldstein, PhD
(book signing: 3:00PM-3:15PM)

Part I – The Science of Social Learning: Emotions in the Brain, Teaching and Learning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD
(book signing: 3:00PM-3:15PM)
3:10–4:25 PM 3:10–4:25 PM 2:40–5:35 PM 3:10–4:10 PM 3:10–5:35 PM 3:10–4:05 PM
Part II – How Schools and Families Can Raise Respectful, Moral and Happy Children

Richard Weissbourd, EdD
Part II – Beyond Grit: Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Skills in Schools and in At-Risk Kids

Stephanie M. Jones, PhD
Part II – Reaching Marginalized and Traumatized Youth

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD
Part II – Meditation in Schools: Benefits for Learning, Self-Control and Performance

Joshua M. Aronson, PhD
Part II – Practical School Interventions for Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behavior

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA 
(book signing)
Part II – Leveraging Character Strengths and Digital Gaming to Create Thriving Learning Communities

Jillian C. Darwish, EdD
4:35–5:35 PM 4:35–5:35 PM 4:20–5:35 PM 4:05–4:50 PM
Part III – The Neurobiology of Character: Fostering Compassionate, Communal and Moral Mindsets

Darcia F. Narvaez, PhD
Part III – Why Teaching Students Social-Emotional Skills Boosts Math and Science Learning

Sara E. Rimm-Kaufman, PhD

Part III – Class-room-Based Programs to Cultivate Mindfulness, Self-Regulation and Compassion

Lisa Flook, PhD

Lori Gustafson, MS and Laura Pinger, MS

Part III – Learning to Take Another’s Perspective: A Process That Needs Practice

Hunter Gehlbach, PhD
4:50–5:35 PM
Part IV – The Art of Character: How the Arts Improve Grit, Social-Emotional Learning and Creativity

Ivonne Chand O’Neal, PhD

Sunday, November 15, 2015 • Conference Day 3

Morning Keynote Address: Learning Challenges and Resilience
8:30 AM Award Ceremony:
Transforming Education Through Neuroscience
Presented by David B. Daniel, PhD, Department of Psychology,
James Madison University
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM Keynote Address
Social-Emotional and Cognitive Resilience in Children with Learning Challenges
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD

Room: America Ballroom
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Coffee Break, Exhibits and Poster Sessions
10:15 AM to 12:25 PM Morning Concurrent Sessions ‘B’
1) Teaching Moral Minds
2) Writing & Self-Regulation
3) Developing Teen Character
4) Resilient Minds, Grit & Games
5) Managing Cyberbullying
6) Social Skills, SES & Resilience
(RP, 5th-12th Grade
(RP, K-8th Grade)
(R, 6th Grade-College)
(R, 6th Grade-College)
(RP, K-12th Grade)
(RP, PreK-College)
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 10:15 AM –12:25 PM 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Part I – Cultivating Intellectual and Character Excellence in Schools

Karen E. Bohlin, EdD
Part I – Self-Regulated Writing: Combining Character, Self-Control and Common Core

Leslie E. Laud, EdD
Part I – Adolescent Brains: Executive Function, Sensation Seeking and Risk-Taking

Jay N. Giedd, MD
Part I – RAGE Control: Using Video Games to Build Emotional Regulation, Strength and Resilience

Jason Kahn, PhD

Part I – Perceptual and Cognitive Changes in Cyberbullying

Elizabeth K. Englander, PhD 

(book signing: 11:15AM-11:30AM)

Part I – Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Poor Children and Families

Valerie Maholmes, PhD (book signing: 11:15AM-11:30AM)
11:25 AM – 12:25 PM 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM
Part II – The Role of Moral, Performance and Civic Character Development in Fostering Student Success

Scott C. Seider, EdD
Part II – Insights from Brain Biology for Fostering Character Development, Moral Reasoning and Decision Making

Greg Richards, PhD
Part II – A Marshmallow Test for the Digital Age: Measuring Grit and Self-Control

Brian M. Galla, PhD
Part II – Social Minds and Social Media: Teen Digital Stress and Cyberbullying

Emily C. Weinstein, MEd, Doctoral Candidate
Part II – The Potential Value of Early Social-Emotional Skills for Long-Term Well-Being 

Damon E. Jones, PhD
12:25 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Afternoon Concurrent Sessions ‘C’
1) Raising Grateful Minds
2) Social-Emotions & Teaching
3) Developing Teen Character
4) Resilient Minds & School
5) Games, Apps & Cyberbullying
6) Social Skills & Character
(RP, PreK-6th Grade)
(RP, K-College)
(RP, 9th-College)
(P, K-12th Grade)
(RP, 4th-12th Grade)
(R, 6th - 12th Grade)
1:30–2:15 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–3:00 PM 1:30–2:15 PM 1:30–2:15 PM

Part I – Raising Grateful Children

Andrea M. Hussong, PhD

The Teaching Brain and the Social- Emotional Dimensions of Learning

Vanessa Rodriguez, EdD Candidate
How Critical Consciousness Combines Civic, Intellectual and Performance Character Strengths to Foster Positive Youth Development

Scott C. Seider, EdD, Shelby Clark, EdD Candidate and Madora Soutter, EdD Candidate
Developing a K-12 Resilience Program in Your District

Gerald W. Fussell, MEd
Part I – SchoolLife: Practicing Prosocial Skills in 3-D Game Worlds

Jeff Orkin, PhD
Part I – Developing Teen Brains: Self-Regulation in the Face of Rewards and Risks

Leah H. Somerville, PhD
2:15–3:00 PM 2:15–3:00 PM 2:15–3:00 PM
Part II – Encouraging Children to Give: Self-Regulation, Learning and Gratitude

Peter R. Blake, EdD
Part II – Using Digital Apps to Detect Cyberbullying

Karthik Dinakar, PhD Candidate

Part II – Doing the Right Things: Character Role Models in the Lives of Teens


Sara K. Johnson, PhD



(RP) =  Brain Research & Practical Strategies/Interventions
(R) =  Mostly Brain/Child Development Research
(P) =  Mostly Brain-Based Practical Strategies and Interventions
(K-College, K-12th Grade) = Applicable Grade Levels