Steven G. Feifer

Michael Greschler, MEd, is the Director of ResearchILD’s comprehensive, online SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Legacy of Learning, a non-profit organization that provides tutoring and supplemental academic services to economically disadvantaged and at-risk students. Michael also spent seven years teaching fundamental academic skills to struggling students at a community learning center. Michael earned his MEd from the Human Development and Psychology program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Disclosure: Financial – Michael Greschler receives an honorarium from AET and a salary from ResearchILD for his work as the director of the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

Workshop Description

Executive Function and Metacognitive Awareness: Strategies for Success

Success in our fast-paced, high-stakes schools is dependent on executive function processes that include: setting appropriate goals, thinking flexibly, shifting approaches to problems, and organizing and prioritizing time, information, and ideas. Increasing numbers of students with learning and attention challenges are floundering because they have not been taught strategies to access these critical executive function processes. This workshop will explore the important role that executive function plays in successful learning and examine systematic approaches to applying executive function strategies to common academic tasks. The presentation will also focus on the importance of metacognition and highlight methods for integrating opportunities for self-reflection into executive function strategy instruction. Participants will receive sample lesson plans, strategy worksheets, handouts, and other materials from the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the important roles of executive function and metacognition in successful learning.
  • Describe executive function strategies and apply the SMARTS I-SEE framework to these strategies.
  • Create strategy reflection sheets that promote student self-reflection on executive function strategy use.


Executive Function and Metacognitive Awareness: Strategies for Success
Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:00 AM: Registration
9:00 AM: Presentation Begins
4:00 PM: Presentation Concludes


Westmark School
5461 Louise Avenue
Encino, CA 91316

This program is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

This program is offered for:
AET: 5.5 CE hours
ASHA: 0.55 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
NASP: 5.5 hours of CPD
BBS: 5.5 hours of CPD (through NASP)


This workshop is designed for professionals who would like to learn more about the executive function processes that impact success on common academic tasks, the essential components of systematic strategy instruction, and the role of metacognition and self-reflection in the development of executive function skills.

  • Educational Therapists
  • Learning Specialists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Developmental Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Educational Diagnosticians


The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.

AET Advisory Board

Dorothy Ungerleider, M.A., BCET, FAET - AET Founder
Joan Axelrod, ME.d.
Jane Holmes Bernstein, Ph.D.
Mary Byrne, Ph.D., LICSW
Edwin Ellis, Ph.D.
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.
Doris J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Barbara Keogh, Ph.D.
Phyllis Maslow, Ph.D., FAET
George McCloskey, Ph.D.
Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.
Betty Osman, Ph.D.
Patricia Quinn, M.D.
Marshall H. Raskind, Ph.D.
Michael Spagna, Ph.D.
Maryanne Wolf, Ph.D.