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Welcome to Understanding Executive Function 

Executive Function (EF) refers to the skills needed for the deliberate, goal-directed self-management of attention, thought, and action. These skills, which include cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control, develop rapidly during early childhood. They support school readiness and social-emotional competence. They are also foundational to learning and adaptation in a wide range of situations.

Key ideas:

This two (2) hour course will cover:

  • What is Executive Function (EF) and the kinds of tasks that depend on it.
  • Why EF matters for educators.
  • The science of EF and the brain, and how both develop as we grow.
  • How to measure EF in childhood and beyond.
  • Effective ways to support healthy EF development in the classroom.

You can choose to complete it in one or many sessions individually or as a group. Included in each module is a Reflect and Apply section to facilitate discussions.

This course includes formative assessments after each module as well as a final assessment upon completion of all content. Get started by clicking on Module 1: What Does Executive Function Look Like? below!

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ebrown2
Posted 2 months ago
Increasing Executive Function

It is empowering and inspiring to know that we can help build preschool students' executive functioning skills that could affect them for the rest of their lives.

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theresa.dalton
Posted 7 months ago
Executive function skills can be improved with practice!

The course was informative, well designed and kept my attention.

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benita.taylor
Posted 9 months ago
Its Not too late to incorporate EF Skills!

I enjoyed learning about how EF works and the skills that can be used in the classroom to help children learn. I enjoyed learning about the EF skills I have or do not have as an adult. I am learning more about myself and why I do things the way I do them.

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katherine.martin
Posted 9 months ago
Executive Function Promotes Learning

This was very informative. I think PD needs to be available to all of our educators.

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janna.barnacastle
Posted 10 months ago
Informative

the videos were great. information was concise and easy to absorb.

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kim.weeks
Posted 10 months ago
EF 201 Success!

I love that I can work at my own pace. The information is great and the videos make it that much better! A booklet would be most helpful for me because I like to take notes and highlight important topics.

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kathryn.pirkle
Posted 10 months ago
executive functioning throughout life

very informative

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stephanieb.williams
Posted 10 months ago
EF can be improved!

I enjoyed having videos coupled with reading and charts. Having a quiz with each module helped me with focus. I am excited to learn more!

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mariah.cushman
Posted 10 months ago
Great Info

Wish we had handouts to print and take notes on...

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virginia.mostellar
Posted 10 months ago
EF 201

I liked the explanation of the three components of EF in multiple ways with examples.

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