Speaker and Sessions


Behavior problems in schools and classrooms continue to rise. A recent Education Week survey found that 44 percent of all schools and district leaders say that they are receiving more threats of violence from students and over 66 percent of them say kids are misbehaving more than in 2019. Raising rates of student misbehavior were reported across the board by 73 percent of suburban administrators, 69 percent of urban administrators, and 61 percent of rural or small town administrators. Misbehavior was already bad even before COVID. A 2019 survey by the Education Advisory Board found that 81 percent of school administrators and 71 percent of elementary school teachers reported that the frequency of disruptive behaviors (tantrums, bullying, defiance) in their schools was “more” or “significantly more” than during the three previous years. Incidents of mood disorders and ADHD diagnosis have also been on the rise. A 2018 study by the JAMA found that the prevalence of ADHD has increased from 6.1 percent to 10.2 percent over the last 20 years and some have reported further increases during the pandemic.

This conference will explore the science of human behaviors and misbehaviors to help educators better manage behaviors in the classroom. Discover interventions and strategies for challenging and disruptive students, tantrums, bullying, violence, ADHD and autism, classroom management, emotional and executive disorders, and emotional dysregulation.

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


Featured Speakers

BEHAVE: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD

Renowned Neuroscientist and Biologist; MacArthur "Genius" Fellow; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Sciences, Department of Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University; Research Associate, Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya; Author, “Double-Edged Swords in the Biology of Conflict” (2018, Frontiers in Psychology), Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (2017), A Primate’s Memoir (2007), Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (2004, 3rd Edition)

Behaved Brains are Regulated Brains: Moving Beyond Behavior Management to Building Resilience & Self-Regulation (during trying times)

Mona M. Delahooke, PhD

Clinical and Consulting Pediatric Psychologist; Senior Faculty Member, Profectum Foundation; Former Faculty Member, Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic; Trainer to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Author, Brain-Body Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids (2022), Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges (2019), and Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention (2017)

Managing ADHD and Autism in Smart Kids: Struggle, Support, and Treatment

Thomas E. Brown, PhD

Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of California Riverside School of Medicine; Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Director, Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders; Former Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Yale University; Author, ADHD and Asperger Syndrome in Smart Kids and Adults: Twelve Stories of Struggle, Support, and Treatment (2021), Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD (2014), and A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments (2013)

ADHD in Girls: Challenges, Promises, and the Need for Coordination Between Home and School

Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology, University of California, San Francisco; Co-Director of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center; Co-Director of the Child Teen and Family Center at the UCSF; Author, Straight Talk about ADHD in Girls: How to Help Your Daughter Thrive (2022), Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness (2017), The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medications, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance (2014), The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures (2009)