Program

Save the dates and mark your calendar for our Fall 2022 Learning & the Brain conference in Boston, MA.

Registration is now open. Details about this conference will be posted starting in mid-May.  

This conference will be presented as a hybrid conference.  You can either attend in person in Boston or participate virtually.

Featured Speakers

The Distressed Generation: How the Pandemic and Social Media is Creating a Mental Health Crisis

Jean M. Twenge, PhD

Professor of Psychology, College of Science, San Diego State University; Researcher on teens and Generation Z; Author, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy -- and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (2017), The Narcissism Epidemic (2009) and Generation Me (2006); Co-Author, “Associations Between Adolescent Depression and Self-harm Behaviors and Screen Media Use in a Nationally Representative Time-diary Study” (2021, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology)

The Disengaged Generation: Improving Student Engagement and Wellbeing in Schools

Andy P. Hargreaves, PhD

Thomas More Brennan Chair; Research Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College; Director of Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education, University of Ottawa; Former Professor of Educational Leadership and Change, The University of Nottingham; Educational Researcher currently working on a $2.7 million project funded by the LEGO Foundation to develop and conduct research into a national network of schools that serve high needs populations through play-based learning; Honored with the “Horace Mann” Award in the US, the “Robert Owen” Award in Scotland for services to public education, and the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology” Award from Boston College; Elected President of The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement and Elected Member of the National Academy of Education; Co-Author, Wellbeing in Schools (2021), Five Paths to Student Engagement (2021), Teaching in the Knowledge Society (2016), Professional Capital (2013), and The Global Fourth Way (2012)

The Stolen Years: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives

Anya Kamenetz, BA

Journalist; Education Correspondent, NPR; Staff Writer, Fast Company, and Contributor to New York Times and Slate; Winner of the “Edward R. Murrow Award for Innovation”; Expert on education and technology with Millennials and Generation Z students; Author, The Stolen Years: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where to Go Now (2022), The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life (2018), The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don't Have to Be (2016), DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (2010), and Generation Debt (2006)