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EF 201: Understanding Executive Function

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EF 202: Understanding Your Executive Function Data

EF 203: Instructional Strategies for Optimizing Executive Function Growth

EF 301: Managing Your Classroom Through the Lens of Executive Function

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EF 302: The Role of Trauma in the Development of Executive Function

EF 303: Executive Function and Social Emotional Learning Success

EFgo™

For Teachers & Classrooms

EFgo™ is a simple and fun-to-use app that measures Executive Functions skills in children as young as age two in less than five minutes.

Developed by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson and Dr. Philip Zelazo of the University of Minnesota, EFgo™ provides the same validity and reliability as the award winning MEFS App™.

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MEFS App™

For Researchers & Clinicians

The Minnesota Executive Function Scale, or “MEFS App™,” is a simple, fun-to-use iOS and Android Tablet app that measures Executive Function skills in children as young as age two into adulthood.

The MEFS App™ gives a direct behavioral measure of Executive Function skills. 

Originally developed by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson & Dr. Philip Zelazo for academic research, the benefit to the broader education community was quickly discovered.

Why measure with EFgo™ and MEFS™?

For children to successfully participate in the school experience as engaged and competent learners, Executive Function skills need to be developed from infancy through adolescence along with social-emotional learning. Since children are not born with these skills, they must be fostered, assessed, measured and understood so that each child can meet their full potential. Reflection Sciences has developed cutting-edge technology to easily measure EF, and ensure children will have the best start in school.

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Activities

Both practical and PLAY-ful, The EF Way to PLAY! Executive Function Activities for in the classroom and at home, features tried-and true games that promote the improvement of Executive Function skills in children. Developed collectively by early childhood education experts, educators, parents, and caregivers, these fun activities promote social emotional learning, mindfulness, and self-regulation.

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EF 201: Understanding Executive Function

As a teacher, you already know the best ways to help your students learn math, reading, and science skills. But have you ever wondered how students learn how to pay attention, follow directions, and stay on task in the classroom? This is where executive function (EF) comes in! EF skills are the brain-based skills that support deliberate, goal-directed behaviors. These skills, which include cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control, develop rapidly during early childhood and continue to grow until adulthood. EF serves as a foundation for learning, self- regulation, and resilience – it’s no wonder why there is so much interest in these skills among educators and parents!

This 2-hour course will review the science of EF skills and why they are so important for life-long success. You will learn about changes in EF in childhood and adolescence, how to measure these skills in your classroom, the ways that different experiences impact EF, and some initial strategies to support your students’ EF development.

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EF 202: Understanding Your Executive Function Data

Now that you have a better understanding of executive function (EF) and have started measuring your students’ EF skills with the MEFS App™, what can you do with this information? You can use this data, in combination with your own observations and teaching expertise, to create an environment that accommodates students of all EF levels.

This 2-hour course will review how to use the data from the MEFS App™ to create a learning environment that best supports each student’s EF skills. You will learn what data comes from the MEFS App™ and what it all means. We will also show you ways to merge this data with other observational data in your classroom, present research-based best practices for working with students of all EF skill levels and demonstrate how to create buy-in with parents and other caregivers.

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EF 203: Intervention Strategies for Building and Improving Executive Function

Just like the academic skills that you work on each day, EF skills can be taught too! Child development researchers have honed in on a number of principles for EF interventions that can be easily adapted to a classroom setting. Some of the ways to support EF development can be with direct practice, but EF can also be strengthened through activities that you are likely already doing, like routines and small group work.

In this 2-hour course, we will review best practices for improving EF in students of all skill levels. You will learn how to support EF development through your classroom design, opportunities for reflection and mindfulness, and specific EF activities that can be adapted to fit each student’s unique needs. We will also help you generate specific ideas for merging EF support with your existing curricular and programmatic goals.

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EF 301: Building an EF Classroom

With only so many hours in the day, it can feel overwhelming to think about adding a new curriculum or activities into your classroom. You already have a good understanding of what executive function (EF) skills are and why they are important for school success, but how can you incorporate EF into the classroom while still having time for everything else you need to get done?

In this 2-hour course, you will build on your existing knowledge of EF to inform practices within your classroom. The goal of this course is to help you develop an “EF mindset,” meaning that you will begin to think about how EF skills relate to many different aspects of your teaching and classroom environment. Rather than adopting an entirely new EF curriculum, we will review ways to integrate EF practice into what you are already doing. You will explore how EF skills relate to learning and also problem behavior, ways to structure your classroom to support EF development, and strategies for infusing EF into other content areas, such as math, literacy, and social and emotional learning.

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EF 302: The Role of Trauma in the Development of Executive Function

About half of all children have had at least one adverse life experience. This means that a number of students in your own classroom are grappling with the trauma that can be associated with these adversities. Trauma, especially early in life, can have lasting effects on multiple domains of development, including executive function (EF) skills. As educators, it is important to understand how trauma “shows up” in the classroom to support all students.

This course is a brief introduction to the role of trauma on EF. By the end of the course, you will be able to define trauma, identify potential causes, and understand how trauma relates to EF development across childhood.

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EF 303: Executive Function and Social Emotional Learning Success

Consider for a moment the student behaviors that you think are important for school success. Did you think of things like following directions, getting along with others, and regulating emotions? These examples are social-emotional skills and they play an essential role in student learning. The good news is that social-emotional learning (SEL) is supported by executive function (EF) skills! This means you just need to add a few tools to your EF toolkit to incorporate SEL into your classroom rather than starting from square one.

In this 2-hour course, you will learn the basics of social-emotional skills and ways to promote SEL in your classroom. Throughout the modules, you will explore what supports the development of social-emotional skills and the relationship between SEL and EF. We will show you how to focus on both SEL and EF skill development through mindfulness and reflection practices and introduce you to successful SEL programs. The goal of this course is for you to gain a better understanding of SEL and to feel comfortable including SEL practices into your curriculum and instruction.

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