Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., president and director of ResearchILD, has been a pioneer in the field of executive function, strategy instruction, and learning differences for more than 35 years. Dr. Meltzer’s theories and research, which are at the heart of the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum, have consistently proven that executive function strategies are essential to help students meet academic demands and to empower students’ self-awareness, motivation, and their belief in their ability to succeed.
- Ongoing challenges in creating 21st century classrooms that promote executive function, metacognitive awareness, and flexible thinking in students across the grades and content areas
- Practical classroom approaches to foster cognitive flexibility so students learn to shift mindsets and think flexibly as they approach their academic work (e.g., reading)
- The cyclical relationship that connects students’ use of executive function strategies with their self-concept, effort, and persistence — all attributes that build resilience and life success
What do you think? How can you use Dr. Meltzer’s executive function paradigm to use strategies that promote resilience and success in your students?
- Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager