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Kelvy Bird Scribes Zelazo Lecture on Developmental Contemplative Science

A collaboration between Kelvy Bird and Phil Zelazo Kelvy Bird is an internationally renowned generative scribe, who visually depicted the content of a recent lecture by Co-Founder Phil Zelazo.  Zelazo presented the lecture at the 17th annual Mind & Life Summer Research Institute in June, 2020. The theme of the Summer Research Institute, conducted online…

Why Savvy Teachers are Focused on Executive Function This Fall

Teachers are Being Asked to Do Even More This Fall If you’re brave enough to try Googling “going back to school this fall”, you’ll get over 2 BILLION results. And while there are countless predictions about how learning will be delivered amidst the pandemic, the only certainty is that teachers will bear much of the…

New Professional Development Courses from Reflection Sciences

After more than a year of planning and hard work, we are proud to announce our new line of Executive Function professional development courses for educators! These new online, mobile-friendly courses are the product of more than 50 years of collective teaching experience.

Pre-K Executive Function Predicts 3rd Grade Academic Achievement

As an educator, you know how important it is to find learning and behavioral issues as early as possible in children to give them the best chance for academic and social emotional success. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade (as measured by NAEP at the beginning of fourth grade) can be a make-or-break…

Mindfulness & the effects of stress on childhood learning and development

Reducing Stress and Supporting Executive Function Development Stress is the enemy of Executive Function. It undermines reflection, attention, self-awareness, thinking, and problem-solving capacity. Watch the video below to see how prolonged stress can be mitigated by mindfulness training and help to promote successful problem solving. Want to learn more about activities you can do with…

Promoting Executive Function Skills with Reflection Training

Successful problem solving depends on reflection Successful problem solving depends on reflection: considering the information you know and how it relates to the problem at hand. Performance on the Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS) Task, a precursor to the Minnesota Executive Function Scale, improves after children are prompted to *stop* and *reflect* briefly before responding.…

Improving Executive Function in Early Childhood: When Less is More

Executive Function skills change significantly between the ages of 3 and 5. In this example video, Dr. Stephanie Carlson, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Reflection Sciences, explains how 4-year-olds outperform 3-year-olds during a “Less is More” game… until the 3-year-olds ability to pretend is used. Watch the video to see how! Key takeaways: Executive…

What is the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS)?

Video: about MEFS and Reflection Sciences https://youtu.be/0U7qjXHJU9A At Reflection Sciences, we are here to scientifically support your goals surrounding social-emotional development, Executive Function, and school readiness. Our quick and fun Executive Function measure, MEFS (the Minnesota Executive Function Scale), paves the way for schools to meet the needs of their children and reduce opportunity and…

Improving Mindfulness in Children

Mindfulness impacts social and academic achievement In this video, learn how mindfulness is essential to early childhood development of academic and social skills, and how it can be improved through activities in the classroom. Mindfulness is a way of thinking that promotes moment-to-moment attention to yourself and the environment. Mindfulness is regulated by a cognitive…

Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

What is Executive Function? Executive Function is at the center of our brain’s architecture. It is a set of skills that are key ingredients in our academic, social, and professional success. It’s not just about learning language, numbers, and colors anymore! Here are some key things to know about Executive Function as you go about your…