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What is executive function? What role do executive function strategies play in the success of all learners? In this free preview training, Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Founder of the Institutes for Learning and Development, will review the theory and research behind the importance of executive function. Beyond helping students clean out their backpacks, attendees will explore how executive function processes have become increasingly important from the elementary grades onwards as students are required to complete complex reading and writing assignments as well as online research for long-term projects. 


Institute founder and Conference Chair

Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Director, Institutes for Learning and Development (RESEARCHILD & ILD)

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ResearchILD & ILD) in Lexington, MA. She is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She is the Founder and Program Chair of this Annual Learning Differences Conference which she has chaired for the past 35 years. For 30 years, she was an Associate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Her 40 years of clinical work, research, publications, and presentations have focused on  understanding the complexity of learning and attention problems.

Her extensive publications include articles, chapters and books, most recently, Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice (2018), Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010) and The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills (2015), co-edited with Karen Harris. Together with her ResearchILD staff, she has developed SMARTS, an evidence-based Executive Function and Peer Mentoring/ Coaching Curriculum for middle and high school students ( She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Association for Cognitive Education conference in South Africa. She has been honored with a number of awards including the Council for Learning Disabilities Outstanding Research Award in October, 2015 and the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children with Attention Deficit Disorders).

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Are you interested in building your Executive Function Toolkit? Join us in February and March to hear from EF experts on topics such as metacognition and motivation, strategies to support students with long-term projects and project-based learning, embedding EF in the general education curriculum, and the intersection of EF and social-emotional learning. Learn more and register today. 

Our SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum is a powerful tool for teaching strategies across classrooms and content areas, grades 2-12. Learn more and try out a free lesson here.

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