Training, Assessment, Professional Development


Since our launch in 2015, SMARTS has proven to be a versatile tool used by thousands of teachers around the world. There are SMARTS strategies for any students, any classroom, at any time of the year. From special education, to general education, one to one tutorials to district-wide implementation, SMARTS can help you empower your students with the executive function strategies they need to succeed.

What is SMARTS?

SMARTS is yearly licensed subscription with curriculum designed for either Elementary or Middle/High School level students, with Professional Development and Coaching options.

Founded by Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., the Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) offers professional development, conferences, workshops and instruction on executive function, strategy instruction, metacognition, learning differences including ADHD and dyslexia, cognitive flexibility, and many more topics related to promoting strategic and self-aware learning.


Professional Development

We offer customized school trainings and workshops, both online and in person. We work with teachers and administrators to deliver personalized SMARTS trainings designed to meet educators’ specific needs. School sessions vary in length and depth depending on the needs of the school, ranging from a broad SMARTS overview to a more immersive experience. In addition, we offer ongoing coaching and support throughout the school year. Contact us for more information.

Online Workshops and Trainings

Throughout the year, we offer a series of paid online workshops and trainings that take a deep dive into a wide range of executive function topics. Hosted by experienced members of the ResearchILD team, these workshops provide participants with practical approaches to the instruction of executive function strategies. Recent topics have included the role of flexible thinking in reducing stress for students in hybrid and remote learning environments, metacogntion and its role in student resiliency, and executive function and time management, among many other topical areas. Join us!

Free Webinars

To provide educators and parents with exposure to the basics of Executive Function (EF), we periodically offer free webinars that touch on the importance of executive function across a range of topic areas. These webinars offer practical tips for engaging students around EF strategies, and provide participants with the opportunity to learn from EF experts how to support the EF needs of students of all ages and learning abilities.

If you miss one of our paid or free webinars, you can still join us! We have a complete playlist on our YouTube channel. We have recorded many of our most popular SMARTS programs and you can stream them for free or for a small fee (depending on the topic, length, and presenters). Take a look at our current offerings.


Coming soon! MetaCOG Online is an interactive executive function survey tool that highlights students’ perceptions of their executive function strategy use, self-concept, perceived effort, and persistence. MetaCOG Online helps students develop an understanding of their learning profiles, including their executive function strengths and challenges. The first phase of MetaCOG Online features the Strategy Use Survey (STRATUS-R) and is currently being piloted.

Executive Function Conference

The Executive Function Conference, founded and chaired by Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., now in its 36th year, will be held November 11-12 in a virtual format. This year’s conference theme is Executive Function, Attention and Stress: Promoting Resilience and Equity for ALL Students. This conference will address the close connections between executive function, stress, persistence, and school performance. This year’s virtual conference will emphasize the role of executive function as a cornerstone of equity in education.

Contact us to determine which professional development opportunity is right for you.