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35th Annual Learning Differences Virtual Conference

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm October 10, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Due to ongoing concerns with Covid-19, the rescheduled 35th Annual Learning Differences Conference will take place virtually.
Bring a Colleague: Registration for 2 attendees is $590 per person through Sept 30th.

Group Rate: Registration for 5+ attendees is $500 per person through Sept 30th.
The conference binder is an additional $90 and can be purchased until 9/30 only, to allow for shipping and handling considerations.)

ResearchILD’s 35th Annual Learning Differences conference will emphasize current work on the importance of executive function strategies in mediating stress and fostering persistence and resilience in students as they navigate the many school challenges.  Presentations will focus on innovative research and the implications for effective clinical practice and classroom teaching.  There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from kindergarten into high school and the college years and span reading, writing, math, and content area subjects.

Please note: At the conclusion of the conference, all attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for 12 hours of instruction.  We do not offer CEUs or PDPs. 

Some of our featured conference speakers:
Lynn Meltzer, PhD
Conference Chair, President of Institutes for Learning and Development

Session Title: Executive function and flexible thinking: Igniting success and reducing stress in ALL students
David Anderson, Ph.D.
Senior Director of National Programs and Outreach, Child Mind Institute

Session Title: Stress Management strategies to accelerate student performance
Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.
Director, LEAP MGH, Associate Director, MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Session Title: Bright kids who can’t keep up
Eduardo Briceño
Co-Founder, CEO, Mindset Works

Session Title: The impact of a growth mindset on behavior and performance
Bob Brooks, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School (Part-time), Lecturer, Author

Pre-Conference Speaker
Session Title: Nurturing resilience in children during challenging times
Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP
Psychologist, Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, program of Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth, NH Session

Session Title: Smart but scattered
Sharon Saline, Psy.D.
Psychologist, Author and Consultant

Session Title: When worrying takes over: Helping Kids with ADHD overcome anxiety and build resiliency.
Concurrent Presentations


Please register below to attend the 35th Annual Learning Differences Conference.  The rescheduled dates are October 9 & 10, 2020. Registration remains open.  Payment can be made by credit card or Purchase Order (PO). Please follow the instructions on the registration form. For questions call Jamie Cutler at 508-361-7832.


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Regular Price w/ Binder
$ 735.00
Regular Price w/o Binder
$ 665.00
Full-time Student Discount
You must provide proof of full-time student status
$ 260.00
10 available
Group Rate
5 attendees in same District or organization; more than 5 please contact Jamie [email protected]
$ 2,500.00
Bring a Colleague
$ 1,180.00

Friday, October 9, 2020 – Day 1

9:00-9:20 Welcome – Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

9:20-10:15  Metacognition and executive function: Reducing stress and igniting success in all students

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

10:15-10:30 Q & A – Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 The impact of a growth mindset on behavior and performance

Eduardo Briceño

11:30-11:45 Q and A – Eduardo Briceño

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-12:45 Stress management strategies to accelerate student performance

Dave Anderson, Ph.D.

12:45-1:00  Q & A – Dave Anderson, Ph.D.

1:00-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Panel: Persistence, resilience, and executive function strategies: Keys to overcoming challenges in school and life

Anthony Bashir, Ph.D., Chace Nolen, B.S., Billy Warren, B.S.

2:45-3:00  Q & A – Anthony Bashir, Ph.D., Chace Nolen, B.S., Billy Warren, B.S.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15- 4:00  Executive function strategies: Closing the achievement gap in schools

Marlon Davis, Ed.M.

4:00-4:15 Q & A – Marlon Davis, Ed.M.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 – Day 2

8:45-9:00 Overview- Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

9:00-9:45  Executive function and school readiness

Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D.

9:45-10:00 Q and A – Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00  Bright kids who can’t keep up

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

11:00-11:15 Q and A – Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15 Ten steps for embedding executive function strategies into classroom lessons throughout the school day

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

12:15-12:30 Q and A – Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Panel: Hybrid learning: Embedding EF strategies into the curriculum

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., Chair, Suellen Inwood, M.Ed., Easton Country Day School; Hilary Shea, M.Ed. & Cherelle Webster-Payne, LICSW, Boston Public Schools, Rajneet Goomer, M.Ed., & Kristina Mannino, M.Ed., Robbinsville Public Schools

2:15-2:30 Closing Remarks – Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.