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 Executive Function Conference: ResearchILD’s 10th annual Executive Function Conference will take place on Friday, October 25, 2109 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington, MA. . This one day conference focuses on practical approaches for teaching executive function in the classroom (take a look at the agenda). This year’s title is, “Executive Function through Elementary, Middle, and High School: Framing Homework and Project-based Learning.” Join us!

Know a parent who wants to learn more about executive function? There’s a special strand for parents at this year’s Executive Function Conference. Spread the word!

On October 26th, the day after the Executive Function Conference, we’ll be hosting the SMARTS October Executive Function Training, a one day event in Lexington, MA, where educators will learn new strategies to teach planning, organization, breaking down directions, self-checking, and more. Special rates apply for SMARTS users and EF Conference attendees.

Did you miss our free webinar, “Executive Function in Elementary School”? Don’t despair! The replay is available here.


The Learning Differences Conference: The Learning Differences Conference, now in it’s 35th year, will be held March 20-21st  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. Early bird registrations are available!

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. Contact us for more information.

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!