Executive Function Strategies that empower students to succeed in school and in life.  

Rescheduled for October 9 &10, 2020



Dear Conference Attendees,

Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, Harvard University has cancelled every conference or large scale event through April, effective immediately. In light of this policy, we have decided to reschedule the Learning Differences Conference. This is a very challenging situation for all of us, but the safety of all attendees, our staff, and faculty, are our highest priority.

Contact Jamie Cutler, [email protected] for any questions or concerns.

Registration will remain open throughout this process so plan now to join us this fall on October 9 and 10, 2020

ResearchILD's 35th Annual Learning Differences conference will emphasize current work on the importance of executive function strategies in mediating stress and fostering persistence and resilience in students as they navigate the many school challenges.  Presentations will focus on innovative research and the implications for effective clinical practice and classroom teaching.  There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from kindergarten into high school and the college years and span reading, writing, math, and content area subjects.

Please note: At the conclusion of the conference, all attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for 12 hours of instruction.  We do not offer CEUs or PDPs. 

Developing strong executive function strategies and learning how to learn provides students with a strong foundation for learning and promotes academic and life success. The mission of the  Research Institute for Learning and Development, a 501(c)3 non-profit,  is simple: Empower students to understand their own learning profile so they can develop the persistence and resilience they need to succeed in school and in life. There is a path to success for ALL students!!! Learn more about us.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Students from the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club in Woburn  share how  SMARTS has helped them learn Executive Function strategies that help them be successful in school. 

What We Do


Our Award-winning SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum provides teachers with tools and resources to  help students learn critically important learning strategies for organizing, time management, note taking and more.

Click here to learn more about Executive Function Curriculum.

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum



We conduct on-site and off-site workshops and provide ongoing professional development, consultation and coaching on executive function, metacognition, and strategy instruction.


Click here to learn more about our Professional Development Services.



Every year, we assemble the top experts in the fields of executive function and learning differences at our two annual Conferences.  Educators from across the U.S. and internationally attend to learn about new research and applications for their classroom teaching.

Click here to learn more about our conferences.

 A Spotlight on Our Collaborative Work

SMARTS  EFA Scholars in coordination with  Boston Public, Schools Excellence for All is held in several schools in Boston. 

Read about our program.


Upcoming Events Sponsored by ResearchILD

Other ResearchILD Events

 2020 Invited Speaking Engagements

March 24 Katonah, New York

SMARTS Executive Function Training


May 7-8 Hendrick Hudson School District, New York 

2 Day SMARTS Executive Function Training

May 27-28 Robbinsville Public Schools, New Jersey

2 Day SMARTS Executive Function Training


May 29 Youth at Risk Conference Salem State University, Salem, MA

presented by Michael Greschler, M.Ed., and Shelly Levy, M.Ed., M.S.

"Executive Function Strategies: Unlocking the Major Barriers to Success

for students with ADHD" and 'Executive Function and Metacognition:

Strategies that Foster Success for ALL students"

May 29 Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit, New Orleans

presented by Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. and Donna Kincaid, M.Ed.

If you would like to learn about having us come speak to your group, contact us, call us at 781-861-3711 or email Donna Kincaid, Director of Outreach and Training, [email protected] 

  CHADD 2019 Annual International Conference on ADHD in Philadelphia, PA, Nov 7-9.

 Register for one of our sessions:

"Innovative Programs Serving the Need of Children, Youth, Families and Adults with ADHD"

Executive Function Strategies:  Unlocking the Major Barriers to Success for Students with ADHD


Read about our SMARTS Elementary Curriculum in Attention Magazine, August, 2019

SMARTS, ResearchILD's flagship executive function curriculum, was chosen by CHADD, a national advocacy organization for children and adults with  Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, to be their 2018 Innovative program of the year.  In an article in Attention magazine, Dr. Mark Katz describes how SMARTS impacts teaching and learning across grade levels and academic areas. 

Download more about the CHADD award.


ResearchILD was selected as one of the 100 local non-profits to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundations $100k for 100 program.  The grant is being used to support the SMARTS Executive Function and Mentoring "After the Bell" Program at the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club in Woburn. 

Download more about the Cummings award.

Institute for Learning and Development


Our clinical practice is dedicated to transforming the lives of students and adults with learning differences such as dyslexia, learning differences, ADHD, and executive function difficulties. We provide neuropsychological and educational assessments as well as customized educational services, including tutoring, educational therapy and executive function coaching, for students of all ages.


Click here to learn more about the Institute for Learning and Development's clinical services.

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Nancy Trautman, ILD Educational Therapist, works with a high school student.  

       The help you provided literally changed the course of my son's academic career.  Not only did you help to improve his learning, but you improved his self-esteem.

                                                                                     ILD Parent


We are grateful for the support of community-minded foundations and corporations that help us bring the power of SMARTS to students everywhere.

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