Research Institute for Learning and Development

SMARTS-T: A Research-Based Executive Function Teacher Training Program

“Well‐developed executive function (EF) processes, like goal-setting, thinking flexibly, organizing, prioritizing, memorizing and self-monitoring, are essential for success in today’s fast‐paced schools. Nevertheless, EF strategies are not taught explicitly by teachers. EF strategy instruction is particularly important for students with learning and attention problems whose EF weaknesses often place them at risk for academic failure.

Through this grant, ResearchILD will implement, evaluate and scale a pilot of SMARTS-T at the Belmonte Middle School in Saugus, Massachusetts. Through this program, ResearchILD will train a Leadership Team within the school who will coach their colleagues to implement an EF curriculum school‐wide. Long-term, ResearchILD will develop a Teacher Training Curriculum and Toolkit, informed by this pilot, to supplement the existing SMARTS curriculum as a model for creating sustainable infrastructure for using EF strategies in schools nationwide.”

CATEGORY: Programs & Services
LOCATION: Lexington, MA
AMOUNT: $205,000 over Three Years
YEAR AWARDED: 2016

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Building Capacity to Adopt New Curriculum

The Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) was granted $205,000 in 2016 to build a robust, school-wide approach to implementing an Executive Function (EF) curriculum in Saugus, Massachusetts at the Belmonte Middle School. ResearchILD is a nonprofit located just outside of Essex County in Lexington, that designs, implements, and evaluates programs that strengthen EF … Continued