Professional Development and Training

ResearchILD offers opportunities for professional development in a variety of formats and settings, from webinars attended by hundreds of educators world-wide, to customized trainings designed for groups of educators within a single district or school. Our programs train educators how to get the most out of our EF tools and techniques—boosting grades and fostering behaviors that lead to improved learning.

“My students and I all learned to ‘work smarter not harder’ by learning and applying executive function strategies throughout our daily classroom routine.”

5th Grade Teacher

We give teachers the knowledge and understanding to implement powerful executive function strategies in special education and general education classrooms, as well as in 1:1 settings.


2024 Executive Function Essentials

Welcome to the 2024 Executive Function Essentials training series. This year’s sessions will focus on how to use executive function to empower students, addressing both academic and social emotional learning needs. Come and learn with us!


Sessions will be hosted live at the times listed below and offered as a recording, which will be posted shortly after the sessions conclude. All recordings and materials will be available until May 1, 2024.


2024 Executive Function Essentials Toolkit Bundle

Looking for a deep dive into all things executive function? Join us for the full EF Essentials Toolkit for comprehensive executive function training. This package includes the following sessions at a special price!

  • Igniting Success and Reducing Stress: Promoting Self-Understanding and Executive Function in the Classroom – February 8, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST
  • Project-Based Learning and Executive Function – February 13, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST
  • Executive Function and AI – February 29, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST
  • Procrastination, Focus, and Distraction – March 5, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST

EF Essentials Session 1: Igniting Success and Reducing Stress: Promoting Self-Understanding and Executive Function in the Classroom

Why do students feel so overwhelmed and stressed in school? How can we teach executive function (EF) strategies and promote social-emotional learning (SEL) to reduce stress and to increase student engagement?  

This presentation will focus on approaches educators can use to promote metacognitive awareness, executive function and social-emotional learning for every student. Throughout, attendees will learn practical strategies for understanding students’ metacognitive awareness and for teaching goal-setting, flexible problem-solving, organizing, prioritizing, and self-monitoring strategies as part of the classroom curriculum.

Presented by: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

Date/time: February 8, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST


EF Essentials Session 2: Project-Based Learning and Executive Function

How does having a strong foundation of executive function strategies facilitate successful project-based learning for students?  Why do students struggle with the process of project-based learning? In this session, attendees will learn why executive function is essential for successful PBL, and how to integrate instructional moves that strengthen EF strategies.

Presented by: Jessica Chiusolo, M.Ed. & Laurel Black, Ed. M.

Date/time: February 13, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST


EF Essentials Session 3: Executive Function and AI

Is AI an existential threat to education, or is it a powerful tool for individualized instruction? And what are the ramifications for students’ EF strategy use? In this session, attendees will learn the what, why, and how of understanding the impact of AI and how to leverage AI to protect and promote executive function strategy use. 

Presented by: Michael Greschler, M.Ed. and Elizabeth Ross, M.A.

Date/time: February 29, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST


EF Essentials Session 4: Procrastination, Focus, and Distraction

How do we help students overcome procrastination and distraction and use executive function strategies to stay focused?  This workshop will teach educators, and coaches how to help students develop effective executive function strategies, stay motivated, and reduce procrastination.

Presented by: Shelly Levy, M.Ed., M.S. and Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.

Date/time: March 5, 2024, 3:30-5:30 P.M. EST 


School & District Trainings

ResearchILD works with school districts and educational organizations to train educators to understand and implement easy-to-use executive function strategies. Our virtual and on-site trainings and workshops are designed to meet the unique needs of each classroom, school, and district. All our trainings are designed to help educators: ​

  • Understand the crucial role executive function processes play in successful learning.
  • Explore how executive function challenges and learning differences, such as ADHD or dyslexia, interfere with common academic tasks (e.g., organizing, reading comprehension, and test-taking and influence emotional regulation).
  • Learn hands-on strategies to use across grade levels and content areas.
  • Create a plan to implement executive function programming via instructional leadership teams, grade levels, content areas, and school-wide.

Whether you are implementing SMARTS, or want to provide teachers with a foundation in executive function strategies, ResearchILD will customize a program that meets your needs.

Our trainings are highly interactive and personalized. Follow-up consultation and coaching is available through regularly scheduled calls, virtual meetings, newsletters, and webinars.

The Power of Executive Function Webinar Series: Empowering Educators with the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum

Join us for a comprehensive 3-part webinar series where you’ll discover the transformative power of the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum and how it can empower your students to achieve academic success. Led by educators and experts in executive function, this series will provide a top to bottom perspective on the state of executive function support in education today. 

Register today and join us for this transformative webinar series that will empower you to foster executive function strategy use and self-understanding in your students and set them on their unique pathway to success.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the essential role of executive function in student learning
  • Explore the unique features of the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum and learn more about how it is empowering students across grades and content areas
  • Provide students with self-checking strategies to improve their work and academic performance

Who should attend:

  • General education teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • School psychologists
  • School administrators
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Executive Function coaches
  • Parents of students with EF difficulties

Session 1: Understanding Executive Function in the Classroom

Jan 11, 4-5 pm EST

Delve into the world of executive function (EF) and gain a clear understanding of its critical role in student learning. This session will explore the key EF processes, their impact on academic performance, and the challenges faced by ALL students, including those with EF difficulties, such as ADHD and learning disabilities (LD).

Session 2: Tiers of EF Support: Executive Function in Special Education and General Education Settings

Jan 18, 4-5 pm EST

Learn how to effectively implement the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum across all tiers of support, from school-wide initiatives to individual student interventions. Hear from a panel of experienced SMARTS educators who will share their insights and strategies for successful implementation in both special education and general education settings.

Session 3: Executive Function and Self-checking: Empowering Students to Monitor and Improve Their Work

Jan 25, 4-5 pm EST

Equip your students with the self-checking skills they need to take ownership of their learning and improve their academic performance. This session will explore a range of practical strategies for helping students monitor their work for accuracy, completeness, and consistency, from test-taking to writing assignments and project work.

Free Webinars

It’s clear that teachers, parents, and students need executive function strategies now more than ever. But where should you start? Learn the answer to all your EF questions from the experts! Our free webinars are a great way to begin your EF journey or explore a perspective on executive function that may be new to you.

Join us at our next free event!

Some of our previous webinar topics have included:

You can view recordings of previous webinars on our YouTube channel.  Subscribe for more great executive function resources!

Annual Executive Function Conference

ResearchILD’s annual Executive Function conference, founded and directed by Dr. Lynn Meltzer since 1984, brings together an unparalleled panel of speakers from across the educational spectrum, including experts in executive function and metacognition, social and emotional learning, neurodiversity, and learning differences.

ResearchILD has been a premier provider of research-based content for educators seeking knowledge, information, and practical strategies for EF strategy development for all learners, including those with ADHD, ASD, and dyslexia.

The 38th Annual Executive Function and Learning Differences conference addressed the close connections between Executive Function and Social-Emotional Learning and the importance of examining these processes for students from K-12 to college. Presentations highlighted the themes of neurodiversity, flexible thinking, motivation, self-understanding, self-regulation, and behavior, in the context of research, clinical practice, and teaching.

To learn more about the Annual Executive Function Conference, click here.

Highlights of the 2023 Executive Function Conference

The 2023 Executive Function conference addressed the close connections between executive function and social-emotional learning and the importance of examining these processes for all students.

“These courses have transformed not only my students' lives but mine as well. As an educator, I cannot recommend these trainings enough.” Public School Superintendent