ResearchILD’s Executive Function and Equity Fellowship

ResearchILD, under the direction of Dr. Lynn Meltzer, is a pioneer in the field of executive function strategy instruction. Our mission is to empower ALL students to learn how to learn and to promote persistence and resilience through executive function strategies that build academic and life success.

Executive function represents a powerful tool for developing equitable and anti-racist educational systems. Through our longstanding work in underserved communities, our fellowships to educators in impoverished schools in Africa, and our partnership with the Boston Public Schools over the past ten years, we have worked closely with teachers and administrators to integrate executive function strategy instruction into project-based learning with an emphasis on student and community empowerment.


All educators play a crucial role in counteracting systemic racism and developing new and equitable approaches that support the success of every student. During the 2020-2021 school year, we launched this fellowship program, bringing together six educators from across the US to explore how schools are addressing students’ executive function needs through an equity lens. After a successful year of learning together, we have set a goal to expand our reach and recruit a new cohort of teachers!


During the 2021-2022 school year, we will recruit new EF and Equity fellows in schools across the country. Fellows from our previous year have been invited to stay on as mentors, helping to deepen the impact of EF in their school communities and to share their wisdom with our new members. Our focus remains the same: we will focus on executive function as a transformative tool for building differentiated, inclusive instruction and developing community-based practices. Educators must be faculty members of a public or charter school and committed to addressing the needs of students of color. If selected, educators will receive access to materials, training, and coaching valued at $4,000.

Want to join this group of passionate and committed educators? Interested in using executive function strategies as a force for change in the classroom and beyond?


  • A free Full Access license to either SMARTS Elementary or SMARTS Secondary, comprising 30 comprehensive lesson plans with PowerPoint Presentations to guide instruction and fillable PDF handouts for students’ work.
  • Registration for a full year of ResearchILD’s professional development conferences and workshops, including the EF Summer Summit, the 36thAnnual Executive Function Conference, and additional workshops and trainings throughout the year.
  • Monthly coaching sessions to set goals, troubleshoot, and develop and refine teaching strategies.
  • Collaboration with like-minded educators in a tight-knit and supportive group.


  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Once you apply, we will reach out to you to schedule an online interviews (approximately 30 min)
  • Teachers granted an EF fellowship will be able to receive access to recordings of ResearchILD’s Executive Function Summer Summit and will receive additional training in using the SMARTS curriculum.
  • Coaching sessions will begin in September/October with cohort meetings taking place every month.


  • Be a full-time faculty member of a public or charter school. Applicants of Color are encouraged to apply, but all applications from passionate educators will be considered.
  • Committed to developing inclusive, anti-racist, justice-oriented educational practices
  • Committed to attending PD opportunities throughout the year (watching recordings is fine)
  • Committed to a minimum of 2 hours of EF instruction each month (separated into shorter blocks is fine)
  • Committed to monthly check-ins with EF coaches and fellowship cohort.
  • As part of this fellowship, we may ask to see samples of your students’ work for discussion and possible display. We will work with you to respect your school’s privacy policy (e.g., removing names or identifying information).

Questions? Concerns? Please contact Michael Greschler, M.Ed., SMARTS Director, at [email protected]