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

9th Annual Executive Function Conference

This year’s conference, titled, “Executive Function Strategies: Optimizing Student Performance and Decreasing Stress” will be held on Thursday, October 18th, in Lexington, MA. Sign up now for early bird discounts and check back regularly for the latest updates, including an optional SMARTS training on Friday the 18th.

SMARTS October Workshop

The SMARTS Fall Workshop explores the important role that executive function plays in successful learning as well as systematic approaches to apply executive function strategies to common tasks.


ResearchILD hosts two yearly conferences.

  • The Executive Function Conference takes place each October. This one day conference focuses on practical approaches for teaching executive function in the classroom.
  • The Learning Differences Conference, now in it’s 34th year, is held every March 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.


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!