Professional Development and Training

digital-studentProfessional development and training is key to the successful teaching of executive function strategies.

ResearchILD, the organization that created SMARTS, has been conducting conferences and workshops on executive function, strategy instruction, metacognition, learning differences, cognitive flexibility, and many more topics related to promoting strategic and self-aware learning.

Upcoming Events

The Learning Differences Conference now in it’s 34th year, will be held March 22nd and 23rd at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This two day conference highlights cutting-edge methods for individualizing the teaching process to address the needs of a wide range of learners, presenting current research in the fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience. This 34th Annual Learning Differences conference will emphasize current work on the importance of executive function strategies in mediating stress and fostering persistence and resilience in students as they navigate the many school challenges. Join us!

Executive Function and Organization: This free webinar will be held Wednesday, February 27th, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Attendees will learn strategies to help students develop and maintain systematic approaches to organizing materials, time and information. Get your ticket here!


The Executive Function Conference takes place each October. This one day conference focuses on practical approaches for teaching executive function in the classroom. Stay tuned for more information!

Teacher Trainings

Throughout the year, SMARTS offers trainings for educators in the Greater Boston area. These trainings cover a variety of topics, including overviews of executive function, workshops on how to uses to how to use our MetaCOG surveys, and approaches to integrating SMARTS into the general education curriculum.

On-site Professional Development

We are also available for in-school trainings and workshops. We will work with your teachers and administrators to deliver personalized SMARTS trainings and professional development. These sessions will vary in terms of length and depth depending on the needs of the school, ranging from a broad SMARTS overview to a more immersive experience. In addition, we are able to provide ongoing coaching and support throughout the school year.

Digital Trainings and Webinars:

If you are not able to attend one of our on-site trainings, you can still join us! We have recorded many popular SMARTS workshops and lectures you can stream for a small fee. Take a look at our current offerings.

Please contact us to determine which professional development option is best for you!