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.
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!