Primrose Schools National Survey Reveals Gaps in Skills Needed for Career Success

Research indicates skills needed should be nurtured in early childhood Entry-level employees are becoming less proficient in the skills most needed to succeed in today’s workplace, according to a recent national survey of human resources (HR) managers responsible for hiring. The survey, sponsored by leading early education provider Primrose Schools®, revealed skills like adaptability, teamwork and […]

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Mindfulness: Take a Moment and Breathe

By Andrei Semenov Lie down, relax and take a deep breath. Feel the air, fill your lungs as you pay attention to what is happening in the moment, right now. Feel your toes, one by one, think about your feet and your legs, are they heavy, or light? Tired or rested? Move your way up, […]

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How Executive Function Develops from Infancy into Adolescence

This video (link below) from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child explains how executive function develops from infancy into adolescence, and even adulthood. Experts in the field, including Reflection Sciences’ Co-founder, Dr. Phil Zelazo, talk about Executive Function skills, including working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive or mental flexibility. These skills allow for focusing, […]

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Father Influence on Children’s Cognitive Skills and Executive Function

By Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D. In both research and popular culture, moms have often been depicted as the “default” parent.  However, demographic trends show that dads are becoming more involved in the care of young children. There is great variety in the make-up of modern families and how they make parenting work. Our culture has shifted […]

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Civic Science to Improve Child Outcomes

Mind in the Making author Ellen Galinsky, the Bezos Family Foundation, and leading researchers on Executive Function (including our Co-founders!) make the case for citizens and scientists to work together to address our most challenging and urgent needs in the latest issue of Child Development. Contact us to request the article.

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Webcast with National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

Each month, the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) hosts live webinar sessions to cover important questions about how linguistic and cultural fluency, social fluency, emotional flexibility, and executive functions contribute to positive outcomes for children. This month, they’re welcoming Dr. Stephanie Carlson and Dr. Phil Zelazo, Reflection Sciences Co-founders and creators of the Minnesota Executive […]

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Metacognition and Executive Function: A Dynamic Relationship of Cognitive Functioning

Executive function and metacognition both help with behavior regulation, problem solving, and more — skills that are crucial to success in school and in life. These two sets of cognitive processes have more in common than not, but they’ve traditionally been studied separately rather than in conjunction by research communities. Metacognitive thinking has been studied […]

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Upcoming Professional Development Session with Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson

EF Skills: A Foundation for Learning and Adaptation Attend this workshop to learn about Executive Function skills for children, what they are, why they’re important, how they develop, and how to use a measurement tool to identify and support strengths and areas for improvement. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Metro ECSU (Anderson Center, Bethel University, […]

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Case Study – MEFS Predicts K Outcomes

The Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) is a brief, tablet-based comprehensive measure of executive function skills that is nationally normed down to 2 years of age. Reflection Sciences introduced the MEFS assessment to a consortium of independent schools to be used during the admissions process. Here’s what they found: Applicants who enrolled scored 10 points higher […]

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