Executive Function Offerings from ResearchILD

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If you’re wondering what products and services the Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) offers, this post is for you! ResearchILD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that transforms students’ lives by empowering them to learn HOW to learn.

Curriculum and Educational Tools (SMARTS Products)

Grounded in the extensive research and publications of Dr. Lynn Meltzer, our SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum provides tools and resources to help students learn critically important strategies for organizing, managing time, note-taking, and much more.

  • The SMARTS Secondary Curriculum teaches middle and high school students executive function strategies through interactive activities and reflective practices. SMARTS Secondary is adaptable for general and special education classrooms, as well as one-on-one settings.
  • The SMARTS Elementary Curriculum teaches executive function strategies to students in grades 2-5. It includes a variety of interactive lessons, activities, and handouts designed to be engaging and age-appropriate. SMARTS Elementary is modular and can be easily integrated into existing classroom routines and adapted to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • SMARTS CONNECT is an interactive executive function curriculum designed specifically for the unique needs of middle school students.
  • The MetaCOG Surveys & Toolkit is an interactive executive function system that quickly identifies the learning profiles of students in grades 6-12 with two surveys. Pairing the SMARTS Secondary Curriculum with the MetaCOG Surveys & Toolkit is a powerful way to collect data and inform instruction in any educational setting.
  • SMARTS@Home is designed to help parents/caring adults explore executive function strategies with their children in grades 1-6.

Professional Development for Educators

We offer online and in-person school-based professional development trainings and workshops. We work with teachers and administrators to customize SMARTS/executive function trainings to meet educators’ specific needs. School sessions vary in length and depth, ranging from a broad SMARTS overview to a more immersive experience. In addition, we offer ongoing coaching and support throughout the school year. Contact us for more information.

Executive Function Workshops and Trainings

Throughout the year, we offer online webinars and trainings covering a wide range of executive function topics. Hosted by experienced members of the ResearchILD team, these workshops provide practical approaches to the instruction of executive function strategies. Recent topics have included the role of flexible thinking in reducing stress for students in hybrid and remote learning environments, metacognition and its role in student resiliency, and executive function and time management.

Internationally Renowned Executive Function Conference

Founded nearly 40 years ago by Dr. Lynn Meltzer, our annual conference brings together experts in executive function and learning differences. Each fall, leading educators from around the world join us to learn about cutting-edge research paired with practical, hands-on applications to classroom teaching. Learn more and register for our November 2024 Executive Function conference!

Educational Services for Students and Families

We offer one-to-one educational therapy services for students of all ages and learning profiles. Our strengths-based approach empowers students to understand their learning profiles, leading to positive changes in their self-esteem, motivation, effort, and academic performance. We also offer courses for students and parents. Learn more about ResearchILD family services.

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About the Author

Caitlin Vanderberg, Ed.M., is a SMARTS Associate and an Educational Specialist. She leads the MetaCOG Surveys & Toolkit and provides academic support to students with learning, attention, and executive function challenges. Before joining ResearchILD in 2020, Caitlin worked as an assistant elementary school teacher and with many arts education programs. Caitlin holds an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.


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