37th Annual EF Conference Highlight: ResearchILD and SMARTS Specialists 

Panel of presenters seated at a conference

ResearchILD is excited to host a number of educational specialists, SMARTS experts, and teacher trainers at our 37th Annual Executive Function Conference on November 3 and 4. These speakers will share practical strategies that you can bring into your classroom on Monday morning.

These pre-recorded concurrent sessions will be available starting the week of October 24. Conference attendees will have unlimited access to all concurrent sessions and the recordings of the live plenary sessions through January 15, 2023.

Wearing Your Shoes: Teachers Collaborating with Parents to Promote Executive Function at School and at Home

Michael Greschler, M.Ed. & Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

In this workshop, we will explore the impact of differing perspectives between teachers and parents/guardians, as well as practical strategies for collaborating with families to support students. Participants will learn strategies from the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum, review strategy instruction materials developed to support EF at home and explore hands-on activities for bridging the gap between school and home.

Executive Function and Social-Emotional Learning: Strategies for Perspective Taking, Self-Understanding, and Self-Management

Shelly Levy, M.Ed. M.S. & Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed.

In this session, we will discuss the relationship between emotion and executive function, as well as ways of teaching EF strategies to promote emotional regulation. We will address strategies for developing perspective taking, self-understanding, and self-management. Attendees will develop a more nuanced appreciation for the impact of negative emotions on students’ performance. They will also learn how to teach executive function strategies in ways that promote engagement and motivation and empower students to become more independent and successful.

Beyond Jokes and Riddles: Cognitive Flexibility Across the Grades and Content Areas

Donna Kincaid, M.Ed.

This session will focus on practical strategies for improving students’ cognitive flexibility in academic and social situations. We will model a number of effective and easy-to-teach strategies and discuss their application across academic domains.

Transition to College: Promoting Students’ Self-Understanding and Executive Function Strategy Use

Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.

During this session, we will discuss the importance of self-advocacy as students initiate adult relationships with professors, medication providers, therapists, and executive function coaches. Our students will talk about the differences in academic demands between high school and college, and the need to shift mindsets and develop new habits for these changing demands. In addition, we will discuss a variety of planning and time-management strategies that have been used by our students and customized for different learning profiles.

Learn More

To hear from these presenters and more, we invite you to attend ResearchILD’s 37th Annual Executive Function Conference on November 3 and 4, 2022.

  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org

Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org

The Institute for Learning and Development: ildlex.org