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!

While the live sessions have passed, the recordings are still available for purchase until April 15, 2024. 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
  • Project-Based Learning and Executive Function
  • Executive Function and AI
  • Procrastination, Focus, and Distraction

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Free Webinars

Executive Function and Middle School Success: Introducing the Launch of SMARTS Connect Curriculum

Date and time: Tuesday, May 7th, 4-5 pm EST (recording available through June 30th)

Description: Middle school presents a unique set of obstacles for students – juggling classes, navigating social-emotional demands, and developing independent learning habits can be overwhelming. This can be especially true for students with learning differences like ADHD or dyslexia, who may struggle with time management, organization, and self-regulation.

The Solution:

The challenges faced by many middle school students, and their teachers, can be addressed through executive function strategy instruction. The research is clear, when students learn the EF strategies they need to succeed, their academic performance, self-understanding, and effort improve. Join our FREE webinar to learn how to implement executive function strategy instruction in any classroom to empower the success of all students. Learn more about the importance of:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting Strategies
  • Organization Strategies
  • Self-Regulation Abilities

SMARTS Connect, the newest program from SMARTS, specifically target these key executive function processes by addressing developmental needs of middle school students. With over 50 lessons to choose from, we’ve developed a unique three lesson level system to provide 3 years of power executive function strategies. SMARTS Connect uses an engaging and interactive platform to put student learning and student self-understanding at the center, helping middle schoolers thrive and head to high school with confidence.

SMARTS, the leader in research-based executive function curricula, is used by over 250,000 students worldwide. SMARTS strategies empower students by reducing stress, boosting confidence and motivation, increasing independence and self-reliance, and helping them achieve lasting academic success.

Register now and gain valuable insights on how to equip your students for success in middle grades and beyond! Pre-order the curriculum by June 30th to receive $50 off.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the challenges middle schoolers face and why executive function strategies are crucial for their success.
  • Explore the features of the latest SMARTS program designed specifically for middle school students.
  • Gain insights on how to equip students to manage stress, boost confidence, and achieve academic goals.
  • Get a sneak peek at the SMARTS curriculum and discover how to implement it in your classroom.

Who should attend:

  • General education teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • School psychologists
  • School administrators
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Executive Function coaches

Keep learning with us:

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.

39th Annual Executive Function and Learning Differences Conference (November 14-15, 2024)

Executive Function and Motivation: Promoting Student Agency, Engagement, and Connectedness

This conference will address the close connections between Executive Function and Motivation and the importance of examining these processes for students from K-12 to college. Presentations will highlight the themes of chronic absenteeism, school discipline, behavior, neurodiversity, flexible thinking, motivation, metacognition, and self-regulation in the context of research, clinical practice, and teaching.

We will focus on the following issues:

  • How can we create supportive learning environments that foster the development of executive function strategies and reduce chronic absenteeism?
  • How do we promote executive function and motivation to address students’ behavioral and academic struggles in the classroom?
  • How do we build student agency, motivation, and connectedness so that we promote engagement and reduced stress in school?
  • How do we use executive function strategies to differentiate instruction and to address the needs of neurodiverse students with a broad range of abilities?

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

Look Ahead to the 2024 Executive Function Conference

The 2024 Executive Function conference will address the close connections between executive function and motivation and the importance of examining these processes for all students.

2024 Executive Function Conference - November 14 & 15, 2024 - Online!
“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