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Professional Development For Your Schools & District

Reflection Sciences’ online Executive Function professional development courses connect Executive Function topics to real-world practice. They are online, interactive, science-based, self-paced, and mobile-friendly, making it easy and practical for your team to continue their professional learning anytime and anywhere. 

Learn more below!

Explore Our Courses

What the EF Badge

Executive Function 101

Executive Function 101 is a free introductory course that gives a concise overview of Executive Function.

This quick course will help you understand Executive Function, the role it plays in academic and SEL success, and how to support its development in your classroom. We encourage you to take a few minutes to check it out and then move on to our core 201, 202 & 203 courses.

The Core EF Curriculum

Earn your Core EF Certificate: 3-course bundle starting at $1,999 for 10 Teachers

Executive Function Super Badge

Earn your Core EF Certification with
these three courses.

EF 201: Understanding Executive Function

Executive Function is key to both academic and SEL success. Learn what is known about EF and how to support its healthy development in the classroom.

EF 202: Understanding & Integrating
Your MEFS App™ Data

Explore how to integrate classroom observations with individual Executive Function skills data to support all students.

EF 203: Intervention Strategies for Optimizing
Executive Function Growth

Increase instructional effectiveness and Executive Function development by learning how to integrate EF activities with current academic programs.

Additional Advanced Courses

Add these Advanced applied EF Courses that drive improvement in your district.

2-course bundle starting at $499 for 10 teachers.

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

Learn to structure your classroom to best support Executive Function development and how to infuse EF into all content areas you teach.

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

Learn how you can use EF skill development to help address and support children who have experienced trauma in their lives and how to minimize overall stress in the classroom.

The Core EF Curriculum

Earn your Core EF Certificate: 3-course bundle starting at $1,999 for 10 Teachers

Our core Executive Function professional development courses will take you on an efficient path toward fully understanding Executive Function. Begin with 201, 202 and 203 and continue through our full course catalog.

Complete all three core courses & earn a super-badge!

Executive Function Super Badge

The Core Curriculum Includes:

  • Online mobile-friendly Self-Paced Courses
  • Online kickoff meeting with one of our Master Instructors
  • Printable Blended Learning Guide
  • Live Q&A with your Master Instructor
  • Formative & summative Certification Assessments

EF 201: Understanding Executive Function

Learn how Executive Function is related to social-emotional competence and why EF is foundational to the academic success of students.

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EF 202: Understanding & Integrating Your MEFS App™ Data

Whether you are using EFgo or MEFS, learn how to use Executive Function measurement and classroom observation to best personalize learning in your classroom.

EF 203: Intervention Strategies for Optimizing Executive Function Growth

Learn how to implement brain-based instructional strategies in your classroom to support Executive Function growth in all children at all levels.

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

Learn to structure your classroom to best support Executive Function development and how to infuse EF into all content areas you teach.

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

Learn how you can use EF skill development to help address and support children who have experienced trauma in their lives and how to minimize overall stress in the classroom.

EF 303: Executive Function and Social Emotional Learning Success

Learn the basics of social-emotional skills and ways to promote SEL in your classroom.  You will explore what supports the development of social-emotional skills and the relationship between SEL and EF. 

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

Learn to structure your classroom to best support Executive Function development and how to infuse EF into all content areas you teach.

EF and Trauma Badge

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

Learn how you can use EF skill development to help address and support children who have experienced trauma in their lives and how to minimize overall stress in the classroom.

Get Started Today!

Sign up here to get detailed course descriptions and pricing schedule, or to speak with one of our Professional Development Specialists.

Your Professional Development Team

Carrie Fruin, Ed.S.

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Having spent over 22 years as a teacher, Carrie Fruin…

Marie Lister, M.Ed.

Professional Development Specialist

Marie graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with…

Andrei Semenov

Professional Development and MEFS Training Specialist

Andrei is a PhD student at the Institute of Child…

Rebecca Distefano Ph.D.

Professional Development and MEFS Training Specialist

Rebecca Distefano received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the…

Abel J. Koury, Ph.D.

Professional Development Specialist

Dr. Abel J. Koury is a developmental psychologist with almost…

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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Sign up here to get detailed course descriptions and pricing schedule, or to speak with one of our Professional Development Specialists.

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.

Get Started Today!

Sign up here to get detailed course descriptions and pricing schedule, or to speak with one of our Professional Development Specialists.