Our publications and executive function resources emphasize the importance of executive function learning strategies for all students, including those with learning differences, ADHD, ASD, and dyslexia.


Dr. Lynn Meltzer is a world-renowned authority on executive function, and her ten books as well as her numerous journal articles have been widely read and acknowledged for their research foundation, as well as their emphasis on practical, hands-on strategies that teach students to learn how to learn.

Promoting Executive Function in Education, From Theory to Practice

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. (Editor)

With chapters by Drs Howard Gardner, Karen Harris, Steve Graham,
Phil Zalazo, Lee Swanson, et al

This groundbreaking volume, now revised and updated, has given thousands of educators and clinicians a deeper understanding of executive function processes in typically developing children and those with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. The book explains how PreK-12 students develop goal setting, organization, cognitive flexibility, working memory, and self-monitoring capabilities. Leading experts in education, neuroscience, and psychology explore the links between EF and academic performance and present practical applications for assessment and instruction. Exemplary practices for supporting students with EF difficulties in specific content areas – reading, writing, and math – are reviewed.

Guilford Press, 2010, updated in 2018

Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. (Editor)

With chapters by Donna Kincaid, Surina Basho, Joan Steinberg,
Nancy Trautman, et al

Accessible and practical, this book helps teachers incorporate executive function processes into the classroom curriculum. Noted authority Dr. Lynn Meltzer and her research associates present a wealth of easy-to-implement assessment tools, teaching techniques, planning aids, and student activities. Featuring numerous whole-class ideas and suggestions, the book also shows how to differentiate instruction for students with learning and attention difficulties. Case examples illustrate individualized teaching strategies and classroom accommodations. More than a dozen reproducible documents are included.

Guilford Press, 2015

The Power of Peers in the Classroom

Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. & Karen Harris, Ph.D., Editors

With chapters by Drs Doug Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, Linda Mason, Margo Mastropieri, Tom Scruggs, et al

Peer support and social relationships have a tremendous influence on development, motivation, and achievement for all students, but particularly for struggling learners. This highly practical book is one of the few resources available to guide classroom teachers and special educators in the application of peer-assisted instructional strategies in grades K-12. Expert contributors describe evidence-based approaches for building students’ skills in reading, writing, math, and other content areas, as well as social competence and executive function. Sample lessons and more than a dozen reproducible documents are provided.

This title is part of the What Works for Special-Needs Learners Series, edited by Karen Harris and Steve Graham.

Guilford Press, 2015


Developed by Dr. Lynn Meltzer and staff, and launched online in 2015, the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum empowers students by helping them to understand their strengths and challenges, and teaching them critically important executive function strategies, including why, where, when, and how to use these strategies.

Smarts Online Executive Function Curriculum

Now, more than ever, students need to learn HOW to learn. SMARTS can help with that!


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.

ResearchILD hosts free webinars periodically throughout the year that highlight a mix of research and practical, hands-on executive function strategies to support students with and without learning differences. Check out our free offerings by visiting (and subscribing to) our YouTube channel.

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