Our Work

Our Work

ResearchILD trains teachers to understand and implement easy to use and powerful executive function learning strategies in special education and general education classrooms.

ResearchILD trains teachers to understand and implement easy to use and powerful executive function learning strategies in special education and general education classrooms. By training teachers through conferences, teacher training and SMARTS, our award-winning executive function curriculum,  ResearchILD is helping teachers and students in 36 states and in countries around the world to succeed, not only in school, but in life.  Our programs help Administrators, teachers, parents and students: 

  • Understand the crucial role executive function processes play in successful learning
  • Explore how executive function difficulties and learning differences, such as ADHD or dyslexia, interfere with common academic tasks (e.g., organization, reading comprehension)
  • Learn hands-on strategies to use across grade levels and content areas
  • Create a plan to implement executive function interventions programs through instructional leadership teams, grade levels, content areas or  school-wide. 

Contact us to learn more about how we can work with together to empower students to be successful in school and in life.  

SMARTS After the Bell in collaboration with the James L. McKeon Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
Funded by The Cummings Foundation

Teaching executive Function Strategies with Service learning projects.

SMARTS Executive Function strategies are currently being taught to 4th and 5th grade students in an after-school program at the Shamrock Elementary School, Woburn using a service-learning model. Service learning helps students to identify and investigate key issues, and to propose and implement solutions to needs in their school and their community.  Through SMARTS, these students are being taught to use the key executive function strategies that are necessary to identify relevant problems, to investigate and identify possible solutions, create an action plan, evaluate the success of their projects, and to determine whether they have met their goals.    The SMARTS strategies that students learn and practice, help them to succeed as engaged learners and to develop the foundational skills needed to become civic volunteers, future employees, and entrepreneurs.

SMARTS Strategies for  Success funded by The Tower Foundation

Empowering At-risk students to develop metacognitive awareness, persistence, resilience and positive self-concept.

Developing Metacognitive awareness and learning executive function strategies to overcome learning and life challenges is the focus for  middle school students at the Belmonte Middle School in Saugus. Through SMARTS,  students identify their learning strengths and challenges, and, with the support of mentor teachers, learn strategies to overcome their own personal learning challenges. Students use SMARTS executive function strategies to set goals, create plans and monitor progress.  SMARTS strategies that the Belmonte students learn and practice, help them to be successful in school and in life.


Executive Function Professional Development in Boston Public Schools

SMARTS Executive Function professional development and support to implement executive function strategies has been provided to teachers in the Boston Public Schools for over ** years. ResearchILD provides professional development, training, and support for BPS teachers as they implement SMARTS in their classrooms and in after-school programs.  In the BPS EFA Scholars program, teachers attended workshops were held on-site at Boston Public Schools and off-site at ResearchILD headquarters to learn about executive function, its impact on learning, and hands-on ways to support students’ development of strong executive function strategies.  Teachers were provided with specific lessons and materials and ways to embed the strategies in their everyday teaching.  With ongoing consultation via phone with ResearchiILD staff, teachers are adapting SMARTS lessons to align with their teaching style and unique learning environment to empower their students to become strategic learners who can successfully navigate challenges they face in school and in everyday life.