Speakers and Sessions


Students today face a world full of social media falsehoods, future jobs that require critical thinking skills, and rising economic, societal, and global problems that need solutions.

Future of Jobs 2020 Report released by the World Economic Forum warned that by 2025, workers across the world faced the “double disruption” of job losses caused by increased automation and the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, and found that the need for critical thinking, analysis, and complex problem-solving are among the top skills to grow in prominence among employers over the next five years. Yet a 2019 MindEdge Survey found that 74% of millennials and 69% of college students failed to pass a quiz on critical thinking skills.

2018 study by the MIT Sloan School found that falsehoods are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than truth. Yet studies show many children lack the basic skills needed to distinguish fact from fiction. A 2019 report from the Stanford Higher Education Group found the majority of the 9-12th graders in the study lacked basic digital evaluation skills and two-thirds couldn’t tell the difference between news stories and ads, while a 2019 study by Reboot Foundation revealed that over a third of middle schoolers say they “rarely” or “never” learn how to judge the reliability of media sources.

This conference will explore the brain science behind critical thinking, reasoning, knowledge, and media misinformation. Discover strategies for improving reasoning and critical thinking skills; develop media literacy and analysis; reduce the knowledge gap; promote metacognition; connect the brain and body to thinking, and develop analytical, creative, and design thinking skills needed to solve complex problems.


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This conference will be presented as a hybrid conference.  You can either attend in person in New York or participate virtually.  Click here for more details.

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Educators, Parents
Curriculum, Staff Developers
Speech-Language Pathologists
PreK-12 Teachers, Administrators
Learning Specialists, Special Educators
Psychologists, School Psychologists, Counselors
Early Childhood Educators, Professionals
Reading, Math, Science, Technology Teachers
Superintendents, Principals, School Heads
Adolescent Educators, Clinicians, Counselors
Administrators, Deans, Curriculum Directors
Guidance, Career, College Counselors
College, University Professors

Featured Speakers

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, and Why It Matters

Steven A. Pinker, PhD

Cognitive Psychologist; Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Member, National Academy of Sciences; Named Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”; Author, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Forthcoming, 2021), Enlightenment Now (2018), The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (2014), Language, Cognition, and Human Nature (2013), The Stuff of Thought (2007), and How the Mind Works (1997)

The Knowledge Gap: Why the Standard Approach to Reading Comprehension Conflicts With Cognitive Science

Natalie Wexler, JD

Education Writer; Senior Contributor, Forbes.com; Author, “Building Knowledge: What an Elementary Curriculum Should Do” (2020, American Educator) and The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System—And How to Fix It (2019); Co-Author, The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (2017)

Transforming Education: Critical Thinking in a Misinformation Age

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD

Neuroscientist; Musician; Record Producer; Visiting Professor at DartmouthStanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley; Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities, Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont Colleges; James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Music at McGill University; Author, Successful Aging (2020), A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking With Statistics and the Scientific Method (2019), The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (2014), and This Is Your Brain On Music (2007)

Making Thinking Visible: A Look at Practices and Effects

Ron E. Ritchhart, EdD

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; Author, Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools (2015) and Intellectual Character (2004); Co-Author, The Power of Making Thinking Visible: Using Routines to Engage and Empower Learners (2020) and Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (2011)