Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath

Teens, Tech, and Learning: A Tour Through the Developing Mind. Sometimes they’re bored, disengaged, and unmotivated. Other times they’re risky, unpredictable, and emotionally volatile. What is going on with teenagers?

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath will explore how the brain develops, and how things change during adolescence and early adulthood. Through fun, interactive activities, parents, caregivers (and even their young people!) can learn how (and why) teenagers think differently than adults and consider ways we can support them academically, emotionally, and cognitively.

Dr. Jean M. Twenge

Author of Generation Me: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood

Dr. Twenge looks at how Generation Z (today's kids, teens and young adults, also known as iGen or Zoomers) are different from Boomers, GenX'ers and Millennials, based on data from 38 million people.

She is a frequent speaker to parents who want to understand how this generation is growing up more slowly, spending more time with technology, and suffering from worrying levels of depression and anxiety - and what they can do about it.

Jessica Minahan M.Ed, BCBA

Author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.

Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), 11.6 author, special educator and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.