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Professional Development For Teachers

Reflection Sciences online Executive Function professional development courses are interactive, science-based, and self-paced professional development courses for educators. Our courses clearly connect Executive Function topics and course materials to real-world practice. Courses are mobile-friendly, making it easy and practical for you to continue your professional learning anytime and anywhere.

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Start with The Basics!

Executive Function 101 is a free introductory course that gives a concise overview of Executive Function. This quick course provides a great example of the quality professional development courses that Reflection Sciences offers. It 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.

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Our team of experts, led by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson and Dr. Phil Zelazo, bring the knowledge and experience needed to make Reflection Sciences your go-to partner for Executive Function Professional Development.

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Now Take Your Classroom to the Next Executive Function Level

Our core Executive Function professional development courses will take you on an efficient path toward fully understanding Executive Function. This knowledge base will lead to improved SEL classrooms. Begin with 201, 202 and 203 and continue through our full course catalog below.

EF 201: Understanding Executive Function

Find out what is known about Executive Function and why there is currently so much interest in Executive Function among educators and parents.

EF 202: Understanding & Integrating Your MEFS App™ Data

Learn how measuring Executive Function can help you identify how to best support Executive Function development in individual children & groups. 

EF 203: Intervention Strategies for Optimizing Executive Function Growth

Check out scientific literature, illustrative videos, and interactive discussions to obtain a deeper understanding of Executive Function skills.

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.

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Reflection Sciences Professional Development Course Catalog

(Intended audience Pre-K through 12)

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Description

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.

EF 202: Understanding & Integrating Your MEFS App™ 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.

EF 203: Intervention Strategies for Optimizing Executive Function Growth

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.

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

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.

EF 302: The Role of Trauma on Executive Function
Development

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.