Reading, Writing, and Note-taking across Content Areas

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 11:00-1:00 PM EST

Special education is often seen as the setting for executive function interventions; however, executive function strategies are an essential component of every classroom! From math and science to English, history, and world languages, success in any subject relies on the use of executive function strategies. In this session, we will discuss ways in which executive function strategies can be taught in the context of most academic tasks and how they can be embedded in the general education curriculum with minimal time and maximum impact on students’ learning. 


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).

Wendy A. Stacey, M.S. is the Director of Reading and Language at ILD and the Senior SMARTS Teacher Trainer at ResearchILD. She holds her Master’s degree in learning disabilities and is a certified special educator. In over 25 years of teaching, she has taught at the Landmark School, the Carroll School and the MGH-IHP graduate school. In her current position, she assesses and teaches students with language-based learning disabilities and provides consultation services to surrounding public and private schools. She has been a researcher with ResearchILD’s Drive to Thrive and SMARTS programs, which have involved designing curriculum, teacher training, and building leadership skills for students in the Boston Public Schools. Wendy has helped to develop the SMARTS online curriculum for both the elementary and middle/HS school students. She has also contributed chapters to the publications, Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (2010) and The Power of Peers: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills

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