Executive Function Conference



Executive Function, Attention, and Stress: Building Resiliency and Fostering Equity For All Students

NOVEMBER 11–12, 2021 — ONLINE

Early Bird Price through 8/23/21 $535

About the Executive Function Conference

This 36th Annual Executive Function conference will address the close connections between executive function, stress, persistence, and school performance. This year’s virtual conference will emphasize the role of executive function as a cornerstone of equity in education. Presentations will focus on the importance of creating strategic classrooms by promoting metacognitive awareness, executive function strategies, persistence, and resilience in all students.

The conference will highlight practical strategies for promoting metacognition and executive function strategies in all students from K-12 to college. We will address the following issues:

  • As students return to their classrooms after the pandemic recedes, how do we build a school culture that re-engages all students and promotes self-understanding, persistence, and resilience?
  • How do executive function strategies build a foundation for equity in our classrooms and our schools?
  • How do we promote executive function by teaching strategies for goal-setting, cognitive flexibility, organizing and prioritizing, accessing working memory, and self-monitoring so we can empower students to succeed in the classroom and during online learning?
  • How do we promote students’ strengths in social-emotional areas so we reduce their anxiety and stress in the context of the classroom?
  • How do executive function weaknesses affect the performance of students with LD, ADHD, ASD, and other learning difficulties?

This conference will include a combination of live plenary sessions, pre-recorded workshop sessions, and smaller break-out sessions in chat rooms to provide opportunities for in-depth discussion. The program will emphasize the application of theory and research to educational practice.

Need to pay with a Purchase Order?

Conference Agenda


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021


The following pre-recorded Concurrent presentations can be viewed at anytime and all sessions recordings will be available through January 31, 2022.


Michael Greschler and Shelly Levy Executive Function Conference presenting "Unlocking Students' Ability to Stay Organized"
Donna Kincaid Executive Function Conference presenting Flexible Thinking to Improve academics and stress
Mindy Scirri Executive Function Conference presenting Self-Monitoring and Self-Regulation

General Strand

Kim Carter Executive Function Conference Conference presenting Student Identity and Student Agency
Chris Willard Executive Function Conference presenting Mindfulness, Metacognition, and Stress Reduction
Joan Sedita Excecutive Function Conference presenting Comprehension Strategy Instruction
David Melnick, Executive Function Conference presenting "Transforming Trauma"
Dr. Lynn Meltzer, Executive Function Conference Chair

About the Conference Founder and Chair


Dr. Lynn Meltzer is the President and Director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ResearchILD and ILD) in Lexington, MA. She is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She is the Founder and Program Chair of this Executive Function Conference, (formerly the Learning Differences Conference) which she has chaired for the past 35 years. For 30 years, she was an Associate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Her 40 years of clinical work, research, publications, and presentations have focused on understanding the complexity of learning and attention problems. Her extensive publications include articles, chapters, and books, most recently, Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice (2018), Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010) and The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills (2015), co-edited with Karen Harris. Together with her ResearchILD staff, she has developed SMARTS, an evidence-based executive function and peer mentoring/coaching curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students (www.smarts-ef.org).

Join this conference and get a chance to meet us and share with other educators.