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Date and time: Tuesday, March 5, 3:30-5:30 EST

Students who struggle with procrastination or struggle to maintain their focus are often unable to utilize the executive function strategies they need to stay engaged. They may lack the self-understanding to identify why they are procrastinating or what strategies they can use to overcome distraction and get back on track. 

In this training, attendees will explore the impact of motivation and engagement on students’ use of executive function strategies, as well as how to use EF strategies as a way to promote motivation and engagement with learning. We will develop a more nuanced appreciation for understanding student’s procrastination and fluctuating motivation. Through hands-on and interactive activities, we will learn to teach executive function strategies in a way that addresses engagement and motivation, empowering students to be more independent and successful.

Shelly Levy, M.S., M.Ed., serves as Director of Professional Development and Training at the Research Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA. Shelly provides leadership to all ResearchILD educator and teacher training programs and offerings. She mentors and manages a team of trainers, and develops professional development training programs which promote the success of all students, while working closely with organizations, administrators and school systems tailoring to their needs. Working with the curriculum development team Shelly authors SMARTS curriculum materials. She presents at numerous conferences and webinars on topics related to executive function and learning differences. As an Educational Specialist, Shelly works with students of all ages, elementary age through college, who struggle with learning, attention, and executive function challenges and provides specialized instruction and academic support in the areas of reading, writing, test preparation, and executive function skills. Shelly has been in the field of Special Education for over 30 years with the majority of her career as a Director of Support Services. She holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem and a M.S. in Management from Lesley University. 

Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.,  is the Director of Educational Therapy at ResearchILD,  Lexington, Massachusetts.  She provides parent consultations as well as educational therapy and executive function coaching to students, particularly those who struggle with math.  In addition, Joan has offered professional development workshops in math strategy instruction to teachers and has presented at national conferences for organizations including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), STEMCON, and the Learning Differences Conference sponsored by ResearchILD. In her individual work with students, she has noticed the prevalence of math anxiety and has worked to lessen this anxiety in students using executive function strategies. Prior to working at ILD, Joan was a special education teacher and then the Director of Education at The Harbor Schools, Inc., a residential treatment center for adolescents with learning, behavioral and emotional disabilities She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Rochester (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Master’s Degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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