36 ANNUAL EXECUTIVE FUNCTION CONFERENCE: PROMOTING RESILIENCE AND EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS

Posted on January 3, 2023 by Ron Malek

Learning Specialist

Summary of workshop/​opportunity

As students return to their classrooms after the pandemic recedes, how do we build a school culture that re-engages all students and promotes self-understanding, persistence, and resilience?

How do executive function strategies build a foundation for equity in our classrooms and our schools?

How do we promote executive function by teaching strategies for goal-setting, cognitive flexibility, organizing and prioritizing, accessing working memory, and self-monitoring to empower students to succeed in the classroom and online learning?

How do we promote students’ strengths in social-emotional areas so we reduce their anxiety and stress in the context of the classroom?

How do executive function weaknesses affect the performance of students with LD, ADHD, ASD, and other learning difficulties?

Triangle/Square/Circle

What are 3 things I took away/​learned?

1. By intentionally teaching and practicing EF skills students become empowered to learn and thrive.

2. Strong application of executive function strategies promote success and protects students from developing a hopeless/helpless self-concept.

3. For marginalized groups, teaching these skills is critical for developing self-esteem, academic achievement, grit, and a growth mindset.

What squared with my existing practice/​beliefs?

Regular, explicit instruction in EF skills allows students to make the invisible become visible and allows them to overcome challenges while increasing their ability to achieve academically while also building their sense of agency and self-esteem.

What is still circling around in my head?

How/when could we implement these school-wide?

Would you recommend this opportunity?

Yes

Optionally, offer a one sentence recommendation for the opportunity.

This professional development offers practical strategies based on current research findings to support academic and social-emotional skills necessary to thrive in school.

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