Executive Function and Motivation: Promoting Student Agency, Engagement, and Connectedness

November 14-15, 2024

This conference will address the close connections between Executive Function and Motivation for students from K-12 to college. Presentations will highlight the themes of chronic absenteeism, school discipline, behavior, flexible thinking, motivation, metacognition, self-regulation, and more.

We will focus on the following issues:

  • How can we create supportive learning environments that foster the development of executive function strategies and reduce chronic absenteeism?
  • How do we promote executive function and motivation to address students’ behavioral and academic struggles in the classroom?
  • How do we build student agency, motivation, and connectedness so that we promote engagement and reduced stress in school?
  • How do we use executive function strategies to differentiate instruction and to address the needs of neurodiverse students with a broad range of abilities?

Stay tuned for the full speaker lineup!


Who should attend?

This conference is designed for professionals in education, psychology, child development, speech and language pathology, school psychology, home-school education, and other related fields. This includes general and special-education teachers and principals across elementary and secondary grades, superintendents, curriculum directors, college-level administrators, and specialists in the field of social-emotional learning.

“I love having access to the latest research-based programming in EF and SEL from experts in the field. I am inspired and equipped to add new strategies and perspectives to my work with clients. The sessions were so relevant to my daily practice. The live sessions and the recorded concurrents explored so many topics and provided so many resources to use in the future.” Middle School Special Education Teacher

About Dr. Lynn Meltzer

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) 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 the Annual Executive Function Conference which she has chaired for 38 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 Curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students (www.smarts-ef.org). She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Association for Cognitive Education conference in South Africa. She has been honored with a number of awards including the Council for Learning Disabilities Outstanding Research Award and the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children with Attention Deficit Disorders).

“These courses have transformed not only my students lives but mine as well. As an educator, I cannot recommend these trainings enough.” Public School Superintendent