Thursday, July 28, 2022, 11:00-1:00 PM EST
How can executive function strategies help students to learn when they feel stuck, overwhelmed or anxious? Join us to learn practical, hands-on strategies that help students to think flexibly, overcome obstacles, and reduce stress as they master their work at home and in the classroom.
Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Director, Institutes for Learning and Development (RESEARCHILD & ILD)
How can executive function strategies help students to learn when they feel stuck, overwhelmed or anxious? Attendees will learn practical, hands-on strategies that help students to think flexibly, overcome obstacles, and reduce stress as they master their work at home and in the classroom.
Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ResearchILD & ILD) in Lexington, MA. She is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She is the Founder and Program Chair of this Annual Learning Differences Conference which she has chaired for the past 35 years. For 30 years, she was an Associate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Her 40 years of clinical work, research, publications, and presentations have focused on understanding the complexity of learning and attention problems.
Her extensive publications include articles, chapters and books, most recently, Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice (2018), Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010) and The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills (2015), co-edited with Karen Harris. Together with her ResearchILD staff, she has developed SMARTS, an evidence-based Executive Function and Peer Mentoring/ Coaching Curriculum for middle and high school students (www.smarts-ef.org). She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Association for Cognitive Education conference in South Africa. She has been honored with a number of awards including the Council for Learning Disabilities Outstanding Research Award in October, 2015 and the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children with Attention Deficit Disorders).
Donna Kincaid, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director and Director of Outreach and Training for ILD and ResearchILD. Donna holds certification in Elementary/Special Education K-9 from Boston College, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with Supervisor/Director Certification in the area of Special Needs, from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Donna coordinates and facilitates outside professional development for private, public, and charter schools. She provides individual educational therapy and executive functioning coaching to high school and college students, as well as adults, with learning and attention issues. She also teaches executive function strategies classes for high school students, such as Master your Mind the SMARTS Way, and How to Succeed in College for rising freshmen and college students who have struggled. As a member of the Assessment Team, she conducts comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for students and adults. During her career, Donna has worked with all levels of educators from paraprofessionals to superintendents in public and private schools and was the Director of Special Education at a bilingual charter school for three years. Donna has co-authored a chapter titled Remembering: Teaching students how to retain and mentally manipulate information in a ResearchILD book for teachers titled Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010).
PowerPoint Slide Handouts:
- Following Directions
- Shifty Math Word Problems (Elementary)
- Shifty Math Extensions (Elementary)
- Shifty Math Word Problems (Secondary)
- Shifty Math Extensions (Secondary)
- Shifting and Flexible Problem Solving, chapter from Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010)
Cognitive Flexibility Resources
- Dr. Lynn Meltzer’s talk on Cognitive Flexibility and Resilience (video)
- Overview of the SMARTS approach to teaching Cognitive Flexibility (video)
- SMARTS Student Ambassadors’ explanations of Cognitive Flexibility (blog)
- A High School Parent’s thoughts on the importance of Cognitive Flexibility today (blog)
- SMARTS Feature in Attention Magazine
- Executive Function White Paper
- Executive Function and Equity White Paper
- Further Reading – Executive Function
- Remote Learning Checklist
- Webinar: Getting to Know SMARTS
- SMARTS Secondary Curriculum Overview
- SMARTS Elementary Curriculum Overview
- Elementary Free Lesson
- Secondary Free Lesson
- Contact a SMARTS Staff Member