Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, November 18
Location: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom

Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference Workshops

1)

Room: TBA

9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Flooded Brains, Emotions, and Mental Health: Using Brain Science and Mindfulness to Help Children With Emotion Regulation
Allison J. Edwards, LLC; John D.E. Gabrieli, PhD

2)

Room: TBA

9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Learning in the Fast Lane: Creating Active, Accelerated Learning for Student Engagement and Success
Suzy Pepper Rollins, MA

3)

Room: TBA

9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Teaching with Hope: How to Navigate Burnout with Evidence-Based Strategies for Resilience and Wellbeing
Amy L. Eva, PhD

4)

Room: TBA

9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Humanizing and Empowering Learning: Curriculum as Story, Voice, and Self-Discovery
Allison G. Zmuda, MA; Bena Kallick, PhD

5)

Room: TBA

9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Motivating Minds: Creating Engaging and Playful Experiences to Boost Learning
John T. Almarode, PhD; Lindsay Portnoy, PhD

CONCURRENT SESSIONS GUIDE

  • (RP)=Brain Research & Practical Strategies/Interventions
  • (R)=Mostly Brain/Child Development Research
  • (P)=Mostly Brain-Based Practical Strategies and Interventions
  • (PREK=16)=Applicable Grade Levels

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Conference Day 1

Friday, November 18
Location: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET

Keynote Address I: From Stressed to Resilient: Helping Distressed Children Through a Pandemic - Deborah Gilboa, MD

2:20 PM - 3:35 PM ET

Keynote Address II: A Generation in Crisis: Behavioral and Educational Best Practices for Students with Mental Health Challenges - Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM ET

Coffee Break and Book Signings

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions A

1) DISTRESSED STUDENTS & ANXIETY

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Future Tense: Rethinking Our Approach to Youth Anxiety During a Pandemic and Beyond
Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, PhD
(RP, All Ages)

2) DISTRACTED TEENS & TECHNOLOGY

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Tech and the Teen Brain
Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd
(RP, 6-College)

3) DISENGAGED BRAINS & BEHAVIOR

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Improving Student Engagement and Behavior During Difficult Times
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
(P, All Ages)

4) DISCOURAGED & STRUGGLING LEARNERS

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Teaching Vulnerable Learners: Strategies for Students Who Are Bored, Distracted, Discouraged, and Likely to Drop Out
Suzy Pepper Rollins, MA
(P, All Ages)

5) DISTRESSED EDUCATORS & MENTAL HEALTH

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Stressed to Resilient: What Educators Need to Live Their Mission and Protect Their Mental Health
Deborah Gilboa, MD
(P, All Ages)

6) TEACHING GEN. Z & ALPHA

Room: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Engaging Generation Z and Alpha as Creators and Storytellers of Their Own Learning
Allison G. Zmuda, MA
(P, All Ages)

CONCURRENT SESSIONS GUIDE

  • (RP)=Brain Research & Practical Strategies/Interventions
  • (R)=Mostly Brain/Child Development Research
  • (P)=Mostly Brain-Based Practical Strategies and Interventions
  • (PREK=16)=Applicable Grade Levels

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Conference Day 2

Saturday, November 19
Location: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET

Keynote Address I: The Distressed Generation: How the Pandemic and Social Media is Creating a Mental Health Crisis - Jean M. Twenge, PhD

10:05 AM - 11:05 AM ET

Keynote Address II: Disconnected: Protecting Our Kids’ Brains from the Harmful Effects of Device Dependency - Thomas J. Kersting, MA, LPC

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Coffee Break and Book Signings

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions B

1) DISTRESSED BRAINS & MENTAL HEALTH

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
The Biology of Stress and Mental Health: Strategies to Help Struggling Children
Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH
(RP, All Ages)

2) DISTRACTED TEENS & DIGITAL DEVICES

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Behind Their Screens: Supporting Our Students in a World of Digital Dilemmas
Carrie James, PhD; Emily C. Weinstein, EdD
(RP, 6-College)

3) DISENGAGED BRAINS & MOTIVATION

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Strategies to Motivate Children to Learn in Challenging Times
Kathryn R. Wentzel, PhD
(RP, All Ages)

4) DISCOURAGED & STRUGGLING LEARNERS

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
The Science of Struggling Brains: The Effects of Stress, SES, Motivation, and Competence on Children in Reading and Math
Joanna A. Christodoulou, EdD
(RP, All Ages)

5) DISEMPOWERED STUDENTS & AGENCY

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Teaching to Empower: Taking Action to Foster Student Agency, Self-Confidence, and Collaboration
Debbie Zacarian, EdD
(P, All Ages)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Lunch Break (On Your Own)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Keynote Address III: The Disengaged Generation: Improving Student Engagement and Wellbeing in Schools - Andy P. Hargreaves, PhD

3:05 PM - 4:35 PM ET

Keynote Address IV: Strategies for Leading a Pandemic Population of Students - Andrew McPeak, MA

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Afternoon Break and Book Signings

Concurrent Sessions

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions C

1) DISTRESSED BRAINS & STUDENT STRENGTHS

Room: TBA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Chronic Stress, Trauma, and Violence
Debbie Zacarian, EdD
(P, All Ages)

2) DISTRACTED TEEN BRAINS & FOCUS

Room: TBA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
DISTRACTED: Why Teens (and Teachers) Can’t Focus and How to Help Them
James M. Lang, PhD
(RP, 9-College)

3) DISENGAGED BRAINS & MOTIVATION

Room: TBA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
Motivated Teaching: Harnessing the Science of Motivation to Boost Attention and Effort
Peps McCrea, PhD
(RP, All Ages)

4) DISCOURAGED & STRUGGLING LEARNERS

Room: TBA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
The Disintegrating Student: Struggling but Smart and How Educators Can Turn Them Around
Jeannine M. Jannot, PhD
(P, All Ages)

5) DISEMPOWERED, DEMORALIZED TEACHERS

Room: TBA

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
Demoralized Teachers Are More than Distressed and Burnt-Out: How Can They Stay?
Doris A. Santoro, EdD
(RP, All Ages)

CONCURRENT SESSIONS GUIDE

  • (RP)=Brain Research & Practical Strategies/Interventions
  • (R)=Mostly Brain/Child Development Research
  • (P)=Mostly Brain-Based Practical Strategies and Interventions
  • (PREK=16)=Applicable Grade Levels

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Conference Day 3

Sunday, November 20
Location: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET

Keynote Address I: The Stolen Years: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives and Learning - Anya Kamenetz, BA

10:05 AM - 11:05 AM ET

Keynote Address II: Just One Educator Can Completely Alter the Trajectory of a Child - Baruti K. Kafele, MA

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Coffee Break and Book Signings

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions D

1) DISTRESSED STUDENTS & LEARNING

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Stress and Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Surprising
Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd
(RP, All Ages)

2) DISTRACTED BRAINS, MEMORY, & TECHNOLOGY

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
The Science of Distraction, Motivation, and Memory: Fulfilling the Promise of Teaching and Learning With Technology
Michelle D. Miller, PhD
(RP, 6-College)

3) DISENGAGED BRAINS & MOTIVATION

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Tackling the Motivation Crisis: Three Strategies to Help Students Become More Self-Motivated
Mike Anderson, MS
(P, All Ages)

4) EMPOWERING LEARNERS & THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
The Science of Learning: Teacher vs. Student-Led Instruction and Student Struggle
Jim Heal, EdLD
(RP, All Ages)

5) TEACHING GEN. ALPHA (Early Education)

Room: TBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Motivating a Love of Learning: The Science of Questions, Curiosity, and Exploratory Play
Elizabeth B. Bonawitz, PhD
(RP, PreK-3)

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Lunch Break (On Your Own)

Concurrent Sessions

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions E

1) DISTRESSED EDUCATORS & BALANCE

Room: TBA

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
The Well-Balanced Educator: Taking Care of Yourself to Become the Teacher Your Students Need
Mike Anderson, MS
(P, All Ages)

2) DISENGAGED BRAINS & THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING

Room: TBA

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Small Teaching K-8: Reigniting the Spark for Learning and Teaching with the Science of Learning
Sarah Connell Sanders, MEd, DESE
(RP, 9-College)

3) DISCOURAGED BRAINS & STRUGGLING LEARNERS

Room: TBA

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Understanding Cognitive Diversity: Applying Science-Based Learning Principles to Help Struggling Learners and Maximize Their Potential
Javier Arguello, MPA, MBA; Susanna Brock, EdD
(P, All Ages)

4) TEACHING GEN. ALPHA (Early Education)

Room: TBA

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Generation Alpha: Changing the Game to Teach and Raise Young Children
Valora Washington, PhD
(RP, PreK-3)

CONCURRENT SESSIONS GUIDE

  • (RP)=Brain Research & Practical Strategies/Interventions
  • (R)=Mostly Brain/Child Development Research
  • (P)=Mostly Brain-Based Practical Strategies and Interventions
  • (PREK=16)=Applicable Grade Levels

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.