michael greschler

Michael Greschler, MEd, has an Ed.M. from the Human Development and Psychology program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to moving to the Boston area, Michael lived in Colorado where he spent 7 years teaching fundamental academic skills to struggling students at a community learning center. He also served as Executive Director of Legacy of Learning, a non-profit aimed at providing tutoring and supplemental academic services to economically disadvantaged and at-risk students. He serves as the Director of SMARTS, an online program for developing executive function strategies in students. He works to bring the transformative power of strategic and self-aware learning to students around the world.

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 & Metacognitive Awareness: Strategies for Success

Success in our fast-paced, high-stakes schools is dependent on executive function processes including setting appropriate goals, thinking flexibly, shifting approaches to problems, as well as organizing and prioritizing time, information, and ideas. Increasing numbers of students, with or without 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 across all stages of a student’s development as well as systematic approaches to applying executive function strategies to common academic tasks.

This workshop will also focus on the importance of metacognition and methods for integrating opportunities for self-reflection into executive function strategy instruction. The workshop will include lesson plans, strategy worksheets, handouts, and other materials from the SMARTS Executive Function curriculum.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the important roles of executive function and metacognition in successful learning.

  • Apply the SMARTS I-SEE framework to executive function strategy instruction, ensuring that strategies are effectively differentiated.

  • Create strategy reflection sheets that promote student self-reflection on executive function strategy use.


Save the Date!
Friday, January 10, 2020
Free Parking

7:45 AM: Registration
8:30 AM: Welcome
8:45 AM: Presentation begins
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Presentation resumes
4:15 PM: Presentation concludes


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn St,
Dallas, TX 75219


This workshop is designed for professionals who would like to learn more about reading and mathematics from a brain-based educational perspective and how to apply that knowledge in practice settings using targeted intervention strategies.

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