Program

EMOTIONAL BRAINS, RESILIENCE, AND REGULATION

Children and adolescents continue to struggle with stress, explosive emotions, bullying, emotional regulation, trauma, and mental health. A 2023 ReThinkFirst “Mental Health in the Classroom” Survey found that 43% of parents said their children are highly or extremely stressed, 36% of parents are worried about bullying, 75% of parents observed one or more symptoms of poor mental health in their child, and 61% say their kids need skills that will teach them how to recognize and understand their emotions. A 2024 Pew Research Center Survey found 49% of teachers say behavior for most students is just fair or poor; 68% say they’ve experienced verbal abuse by students, and 40% say students have been violent towards them.

The “Teaching Emotional Brains” conference will bring the nation’s leading neuroscientists, psychologists, researchers, and education leaders to explore “The Science of Emotions” and their profound impacts on behavior, learning, resilience, regulation, and mental health. This conference will provide evidence-based strategies to calm challenging student behaviors; raise emotional intelligence and resilience, engage emotional regulation; create trauma-informed schools, encourage empathy and respect, reduce stress, conflict, and bullying, provide AI tools for emotional health, and create resilient, emotionally safe schools in these challenging times.

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

Featured Speakers

Changeable: The Science Behind Challenging Emotions and Behaviors and How to Help

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Award Winning Psychologist; Associate Professor; Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Founder and Director, Think:Kids Program in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Author, Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work (2018); Co-Author, The School Discipline Fix: Changing Behavior Using the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (2018) and Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (2005)

The Science of Emotions

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD

University Distinguished Professor of Psychology; Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory, Northeastern University, with Appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Rates among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience; Co-Author of two best-sellers for the public, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain (2020) and How Emotions Are Make: The Secret Life of the Brain (2018); Co-Editor, The Handbook of Emotions (2016, 4th edition)

The Science of Emotional Resilience, Stress, and Trauma

George A. Bonanno, PhD

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology; Director, Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Author, The End of Trauma (2021) and The Other Side of Sadness (2019, 2nd Edition); Co-Author, “Resilience to Trauma and Adversity Through Regulatory Flexibility” (2024, Nature Reviews Psychology) and “The Lasting Effects of Early Adversity and Updating Ability on the Tendency to Develop PTSD Symptoms Following Exposure to Trauma in Adulthood” (2023, Cognitive Therapy and Research)

 

 

Building Resilience in Schools During Uncertain Times

Rachel Edoho-Eket, EdD

Wife; Mother; Author; Principal, Waverly Elementary School, the top ranked school on Maryland; Formerly served as Elementary School Teacher, Instructional Team Leader, Mentor Teacher, and Assistant Principal, who has developed a reputation as a strong instructional leader, passionate advocate, and dedicate mentor; 2024 President-Elect, The Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals; ASCD Faculty Member; Author, The Principal’s Journey: Navigating the Path to School Leadership (2023), and the children’s book, The Principal Pals: Bright Minds, Big Dreams (2023)

Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Students and School Leaders

Marc A. Brackett, PhD

Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University; Co-Creator, The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning, Host, “Dealing With Feelings” Podcast; Developer, How We Feel App; Author, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive (2019); Co-Author, “Emotionally Intelligent School Leadership Predicts Educator Well-Being Before and During a Crisis” (2024, Frontiers in Psychology) and “Preventative Initiatives to Promote Psychological Adjustment Among Primary Students” (2023, International Journal of Educational Psychology)

Emotional Agility

Susan David, PhD

Instructor in Psychology and Award-Winning Psychologists at Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Harvard Institute of Coaching; Renowned emotions researcher; Names one of the top 50 management thinkers in the world whose TED talk has more than 11 million views; Frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and national TV and radio stations; Scientific Advisory Board Member, Thrive Global; Author of the Wall Street Journal’s #1 Best Seller, Emotional Agility: Get Unstock, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life (2016) and the Oxford Handbook of Happiness (2013)

The Human Mind: Emotions, Empathy, and Evil

Paul A. Bloom, PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto; Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale University; Co-Editor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Journal; Author, Psych: The Story of the Human Mind (2023), The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning (2021); Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion (2016), and Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (2013); C0-Author, "In Praise of Empathic AI" (2024, Trends in Cognitive Sciences) and "Brain Functional Connectivity Predicts Depression and Anxiety During Childhood and Adolescence (2023, Biological Psychiatry)

Why Emotions Are Integral to Teaching

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Fahmy and Donna Attallah Professor of Humanistic Psychology; Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience, who pioneered novel approaches to the study of child and adolescent social-emotional and brain development; Founding Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning, and Education (CANDLE), University of Southern California; Author, Emotions, Learning & the Brain (2015); Co-Author, “Diverse Adolescent Transcendent Thinking Predicts Young Adult Psychosocial Outcomes Via Brain Network Development” (2024, Scientific Reports), “The Brain Basis for Social-Emotional Learning Also Supports Academic Learning” (2021, UNESCO), and “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” (2018, Aspen Institute)

Thrivers: 7 Teachable Traits to Ensure Students Thrive in an Anxious, Uncertain World

Michele Borba, EdD

Psychologist; Educator; Bullying Prevention and Character Development Expert; Author, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine (2021), End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, Caring Schools (2018); Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2016), The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (2009), No More Misbehavin': 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them (2005), and Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (2002)

The Science of Rewiring Our Brains for Compassion, Optimism, Gratitude, and Awe

Dacher J. Keltner, PhD

Professor of Psychology; Director, Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life (2023) and Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life (2009); Co-Author, “Awe Sparks Prosociality in Children” (2023, Psychological Science), “The Magic of Hope: Hope Mediates the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement” (2017, Educational Research) and Understanding Emotions (2013); Co-Editor, The Gratitude Project: How the Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains For Resilience, Optimism, and The Greater Good (2020) and The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness (2010)

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition in Children and Parents

Patricia S. Churchland, BPhil

President’s Professor of Philosophy Emerita, University of California, San Diego; Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute; Author, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition (2019), Touching a Nerve (2013), Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality (2011), Brain-Wise (2002) and The Computational Brain (1994); Co-Author, “Morality and the Brain: The Right Hemisphere and Doing Right” (2020, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology) and “The Neurobiological Platform for Moral Values” (2014, Behavior)

Hope for Cynics: The Surprising Science of Human Goodness

Jamil Zaki, PhD

Director, Social Neuroscience Lab; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University; Co-Founder, The People’s Science; Author, Hope for Cynics: The Surprising Science of Human Goodness (Forthcoming) and The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World (2019); Co-Author, "A Brief Intervention to Motivate Empathy Among Middle School Students” (2022, Experimental Psychology), “Social Belonging, Compassion, and Kindness: Key Ingredients for Fostering Resilience, Recovery, and Growth from the COVID-19 Pandemic” (2022, Anxiety, Stress & Coping), and “Empathy as a Moral Force” (2018, Atlas of Moral Psychology)

The Science of Character: PRIMED for Changing the Character of Schools

Marvin W. Berkowitz, PhD

Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education; Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship; President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Founding Co-Editor, Journal for Research in Character Education; Member, Board of Directors, Character.org; Former Board Member of the John Templeton Foundation, Jean Piaget Society, and the Association for Moral Education; Author, PRIMED for Character Education: Six Design Principles for School Improvement (2021) and Parenting for Good (2005); Co-Author, “Changing the Character of Schools: Promoting Servant Leadership Virtues to Solve Internationally Relevant Problems in Education” (2024, The Routledge International Handbook of Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Character Development) and “Advancing the Science of Character Education: Twenty Plus Years of Reviewing the Literature in Character Education” (2023, Second International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing); Editor, Moral Education (1985)

Hacking Deficit Thinking: Strategies for Strength-Based Practices

Byron McClure, EdD

Nationally Certified School Psychologist; Director of Innovation, 7 Mindsets; Founder, Lessons in SEL; Founder, SchoolPsychAI; Former Assistant Director of Redesign, District of Columbia Public Schools; Advocate for Strength-Based Teaching; Co-Author, Hacking Deficit Thinking: 8 Reframes That Will Change the Way You Think About Strength-Based Practices and Equity in Schools (2022)

The Science and Power of Hope

Chan M. Hellman, PhD

Professor, Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work; Founding Director, The Hope Research Center, University of Oklahoma; One of the World’s Leading Researchers on Hope; Co-Founder with Oklahoma First Lady Sarah Stitt and the Sarah Stitt Hope Foundation of “Hope Rising Oklahoma,” an Initiative whose mission is to empower people, families, education, and communities to better their lives through the science of hope; Co-Author, “Hope As a Buffer to Suicide Attempts Among Adolescents With Depression” (2023, School Health), “Hope and Resilience As Distinct Contributors to Psychological Flourishing Among Childhood Trauma Survivors” (2020, Traumatology), and Hope Rising: How The Science of Hope Can Change Your Life (2018)

1) THE SCIENCE OF EMOTIONS: UNDERSTANDING & MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

The Science of Emotions

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD

University Distinguished Professor of Psychology; Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory, Northeastern University, with Appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Rates among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience; Co-Author of two best-sellers for the public, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain (2020) and How Emotions Are Make: The Secret Life of the Brain (2018); Co-Editor, The Handbook of Emotions (2016, 4th edition)

Changeable: The Science Behind Challenging Emotions and Behaviors and How to Help

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Award Winning Psychologist; Associate Professor; Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Founder and Director, Think:Kids Program in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Author, Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work (2018); Co-Author, The School Discipline Fix: Changing Behavior Using the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (2018) and Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (2005)

From Challenging to Aggressive Behaviors: Using the Best Evidence-Based Strategies

Michele Borba, EdD

Psychologist; Educator; Bullying Prevention and Character Development Expert; Author, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine (2021), End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, Caring Schools (2018); Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2016), The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (2009), No More Misbehavin': 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them (2005), and Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (2002)

The Art and Science of Transformational Behavior Management in High-Needs Schools

Shaun Woodly, PhD

Founder/Director, Teach Hustle Inspire; Expert in Classroom Management; Host of the Podcast, “Teach Hustle Inspire”; Former Professor, Western Governors University; Former Educator in the Atlanta Public Schools; Recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” and several other awards for exceptional teaching; Considers a pioneer in developing new paths to the highest levels of achievement in urban and culturally diverse schools; Author, The League of Extraordinary Educators: The Secret Strategies of Transformational Teachers (2023) and MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms (2018)

Behavioral Blindspot: Revealing Overlooked Strategies to Increase Engagement and Reduce Oppositional Behavior in Students

Jessica Minahan, PhD, BCBA

Licensed and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst; Special Educator; Consultant; Blogger, The Huffington Post; Author, “Helping Anxious Kids Move Forward” (2017, Educational Leadership), The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students With Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (2014), and “Building Positive Relationships With Students Struggling With Mental Health” (2019, Phi Delta Kappan); Co-Author, "A Skill-Building Approach to Reducing Student’s Anxiety and Challenging Behavior" (2022, Phi Delta Kappan) and The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (2012)

Better Behavior & Beyond: Techniques for Turning Confrontation into Cooperation

Grace Dearborn, MA

Executive Director, Conscious Teaching, LLC; Education Consultant; Instructional Coach; Award-Winning Teacher; Professional Development Coordinator; Served in schools as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, and Mentor Teacher; Co-Author, Yeah, But What About This Kid? Tier 3 Behavior Interventions That Work (2019) and Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching (2016, 2nd Edition), and Picture This: Visuals and Rubrics to Teach Procedures, Save Your Voice, and Love Your Students (2011)

2) THE SCIENCE OF RESILIENCE: RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY, STRESS, & TRAUMA

The Science of Emotional Resilience, Stress, and Trauma

George A. Bonanno, PhD

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology; Director, Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Author, The End of Trauma (2021) and The Other Side of Sadness (2019, 2nd Edition); Co-Author, “Resilience to Trauma and Adversity Through Regulatory Flexibility” (2024, Nature Reviews Psychology) and “The Lasting Effects of Early Adversity and Updating Ability on the Tendency to Develop PTSD Symptoms Following Exposure to Trauma in Adulthood” (2023, Cognitive Therapy and Research)

 

 

Building Resilience in Schools During Uncertain Times

Rachel Edoho-Eket, EdD

Wife; Mother; Author; Principal, Waverly Elementary School, the top ranked school on Maryland; Formerly served as Elementary School Teacher, Instructional Team Leader, Mentor Teacher, and Assistant Principal, who has developed a reputation as a strong instructional leader, passionate advocate, and dedicate mentor; 2024 President-Elect, The Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals; ASCD Faculty Member; Author, The Principal’s Journey: Navigating the Path to School Leadership (2023), and the children’s book, The Principal Pals: Bright Minds, Big Dreams (2023)

Everyday Trauma: Remapping the Brain’s Response to Stress, Anxiety, and Painful Memories

Tracey J. Shors, PhD

Neuroscientist; Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, and Psychology; Member, Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Vice Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University; Author, Everyday Trauma: Remapping the Brain’s Response to Stress, Anxiety, and Painful Memories for a Better Life (2021); Co-Author, “Training With Meditation and Aerobic Exercise During the COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Stress and Improves Well-Being in Teachers” (2022, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) 

The Neurobiology of Stress and Trauma: How to Develop a “Trauma-Informed” School

Steven G. Feifer, DEd, NCSP, ABSNP

Faculty Instructor, American Board of School Neuropsychologists; Licensed Psychologist, Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center; Author, The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders (2021), The Neuropsychology of Stress and Trauma: How to Develop a Trauma Informed School (2019), The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: An Introduction to the FAM (2017), The Neuropsychology Of Written Language Disorders (2013); Co-Author, Feifer Assessment of Reading - FAR™ (2016) and The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders (2000); Co-Editor, Emotional Disorders: A Neuropsychological, Psychopharmacological, and Educational Perspective(2010)

Teaching With Trauma in Mind: Building Resilience With Struggling Students

Grace Dearborn, MA

Executive Director, Conscious Teaching, LLC; Education Consultant; Instructional Coach; Award-Winning Teacher; Professional Development Coordinator; Served in schools as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, and Mentor Teacher; Co-Author, Yeah, But What About This Kid? Tier 3 Behavior Interventions That Work (2019) and Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching (2016, 2nd Edition), and Picture This: Visuals and Rubrics to Teach Procedures, Save Your Voice, and Love Your Students (2011)

3) THE SCIENCE OF EMOTIONAL LEARNING: ENHANCING ENGAGEMENT & MEMORY

Engaging the Brain: Tapping Into the Power of Emotions for Learning

Allison S. Posey, MEd

Learning Design and Research Specialist, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), who provides curricular design, online course instruction, and leads professional development training and implementation of Universal Design for Learning in K-12 and higher education settings; Coordinator, CAST free webinar series; Former Science Teacher; Former Teaching Fellow, Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning that Taps into the Power of Emotions (2018) and “How to Support the Emotional Link to Learning” (2018, ASCD Express); Co-Author, Unlearning: Change Your Beliefs and Your Classroom with UDL (2020) 


Why Emotions Are Integral to Teaching

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Fahmy and Donna Attallah Professor of Humanistic Psychology; Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience, who pioneered novel approaches to the study of child and adolescent social-emotional and brain development; Founding Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning, and Education (CANDLE), University of Southern California; Author, Emotions, Learning & the Brain (2015); Co-Author, “Diverse Adolescent Transcendent Thinking Predicts Young Adult Psychosocial Outcomes Via Brain Network Development” (2024, Scientific Reports), “The Brain Basis for Social-Emotional Learning Also Supports Academic Learning” (2021, UNESCO), and “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” (2018, Aspen Institute)

The Science of Emotional Memory and Learning

Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist; Psychologist; Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Founding Board Member, Society for Neuroethics; Co-Author, “Emotion Language Use in Narratives of the 9/11 Attacks Predicts Long-Term Memory” (2023, Emotion), “Hippocampus Guides Adaptive Learning During Dynamic Social Interactions” (2021, Neuroscience), “Emotional Enhancement of Memory for Neutral Information” (2019, Biological Psychology), and “Emotional Brain States Carry Over and Enhance Future Memory Formation (2017, Nature Neuroscience)

Creating an Emotional Climate for Learning

Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD

Co-Founder and Director, Neuro-Education Initiative (NEI); Professor, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University; Author, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools (2012) and Connecting Brain Research With Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model (2003), and “Informing Pedagogy Through the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model (2012, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education); Co-Author, “Exploring Changes in Teacher Self-Efficacy Through Neuroeducation Professional Development” (2023, The Teacher Educator) and “The Effects of Arts-Integrated Instruction on Memory for Science Content.” (2019, Trends in Neuroscience and Education)

4) THE SCIENCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: EMOTION REGULATION, AGILITY, & CONTROL

Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Students and School Leaders

Marc A. Brackett, PhD

Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University; Co-Creator, The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning, Host, “Dealing With Feelings” Podcast; Developer, How We Feel App; Author, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive (2019); Co-Author, “Emotionally Intelligent School Leadership Predicts Educator Well-Being Before and During a Crisis” (2024, Frontiers in Psychology) and “Preventative Initiatives to Promote Psychological Adjustment Among Primary Students” (2023, International Journal of Educational Psychology)

Emotional Agility

Susan David, PhD

Instructor in Psychology and Award-Winning Psychologists at Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Harvard Institute of Coaching; Renowned emotions researcher; Names one of the top 50 management thinkers in the world whose TED talk has more than 11 million views; Frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and national TV and radio stations; Scientific Advisory Board Member, Thrive Global; Author of the Wall Street Journal’s #1 Best Seller, Emotional Agility: Get Unstock, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life (2016) and the Oxford Handbook of Happiness (2013)

Fostering an Emotionally Healthy Sense of Control in Students

William R. Stixrud, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Founder, The Stixrud Group; Member, Teaching Faculty, Children’s National Medical Center; Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, George Washington University; Co-Author, What Do You Say?: How to Talk With Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home (2021), The Self-Driven Child (2019), and The Thriving Child: The Science Behind Reducing Stress and Nurturing Independence (2018)

How the Brain Regulates Emotions

Tor D. Wager, PhD

Neuroscientist; Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor, Director, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Dartmouth College; Co-Author, “A Systems Identification Approach Using Bayes Factors to Deconstruct the Brain Bases of Emotion Regulation” (2024, Nature Neuroscience), “Emotion Regulation and the Salience Network" (2023, Nature Reviews Rheumatology), and “Effects of Compassion Training in Brain Responses to Suffering Others” (2021, Erratum)

An Educator’s Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence

David A. Adams, MEd

Senior Director of Strategy; Chief Executive Officer and Creator, Resilient Scholars Program, The Urban Assembly; Advisory Board Member, Emotion Regulation Benchmarks Project, Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University; Member of the Board of Directors, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); Member of the Council of Distinguished Educators, National Commission on Social Emotional and Academic Development, Aspen Institute; Subject Matter Expert, National Center to Improve Social Emotional Learning and School Safety; Civil Affairs Officer, Army Reserves; Co-Author with David Caruso, The Educator's Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence (2020)

5) THE SCIENCE OF EMPATHY: REDUCING CONFLICT & BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

The Human Mind: Emotions, Empathy, and Evil

Paul A. Bloom, PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto; Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale University; Co-Editor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Journal; Author, Psych: The Story of the Human Mind (2023), The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning (2021); Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion (2016), and Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (2013); C0-Author, "In Praise of Empathic AI" (2024, Trends in Cognitive Sciences) and "Brain Functional Connectivity Predicts Depression and Anxiety During Childhood and Adolescence (2023, Biological Psychiatry)

Thrivers: Teachable Traits to Ensure Empathy, Happiness, and Life-Long Success

Michele Borba, EdD

Psychologist; Educator; Bullying Prevention and Character Development Expert; Author, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine (2021), End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, Caring Schools (2018); Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2016), The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (2009), No More Misbehavin': 38 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them (2005), and Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (2002)

The Science and Power of Empathy

Helen Riess, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Founder, Chairman, Chief Medical Officer, Empathetics, Inc.; Developer of the E.M.P.A.T.H.Y training approach for health care and education based on research and the neurobiology and physiology of empathy; Author, “The Science of Empathy” (2017, Patient Experiences); Co-Author, The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences (2018)

Peaceful Schools: Reducing Conflict and Bullying/Creating a Culture of Empathy in School

Christa M. Tinari, MA

Director, Contemplative-Based Resilience Project, The Garrison Institute; Senior Trainer, Instructional Content Developer, Program Development, and Implementation Specialist for Transformative Social-Emotional Learning; Nationally recognized Specialist for Safe Schools and School Climate; President, PeacePraxis; Former Adjunct Instructor, Temple University; Former High School Student Assistance Counselor, and Director of Prevention Programs at a community-based educational non-profit; Co-Creator of “The School Climate Thermometer”, a survey instrument designed to ‘take the temperature’ of school climate at middle schools; Co-Author, Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying (2017)

6) THE SCIENCE OF TEEN BRAINS: EMOTIONS, MENTAL HEALTH, & TECHNOLOGY

The Emotional Minds of Teens

Leah H. Somerville, PhD

Grafstein Family Professor of Psychology; Director, Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory; Faculty, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University; Co-Author, “Shifting Qualities of Negative Affect Experiences Through Adolescence: Age Related Change and Associations With Functional Outcomes” (2023, Emotion), “Effects of Peer Observation on Risky Decision Making in Adolescence: A Meta-Analytic Review” (2022, Psychological Bulletin), “Puberty: Your Brain on Hormones” (2021, Frontiers for Young Minds), and “Use of Linguistic Distancing and Cognitive Reappraisal Strategies During Emotion Regulation in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults” (2020, Emotion)

The Developing Teen Brain: Managing Emotions, Anxiety, Aggression, and Technology

William R. Stixrud, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Founder, The Stixrud Group; Member, Teaching Faculty, Children’s National Medical Center; Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, George Washington University; Co-Author, What Do You Say?: How to Talk With Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home (2021), The Self-Driven Child (2019), and The Thriving Child: The Science Behind Reducing Stress and Nurturing Independence (2018)

Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Emotional and Mental Health

Sarah Rose Cavanagh, PhD

Psychologist; Senior Associate Director, Teaching and Learning; Associate Professor of Practice, Psychology Department; Simmons College; Director, Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Science; Professor of Psychology; Research Affiliate, Emotion, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory, Tufts University; Author, Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health With Compassionate Challenge (2023),  HIVEMIND: Thinking Alike in a Divided World (2019) and The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom With the Science of Emotion (2016); Co-Author, Emotion and Motivation (2023)