What skills do students need to learn to be organized and successful in managing their own
time and tasks in the classroom? This multidisciplinary workshop will provide practical,
hands-on strategies to develop students’ executive function skills for success in school. The
term “executive function” is used to describe the skill set required for setting goals, carrying out
organized steps, and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully in the classroom.
Difficulty with executive function isn’t a diagnosis or learning disability on its own, but it’s a
common concern for students with learning and attention issues. All students benefit from
instructional strategies that foster executive function skills; however, students with traumatic
brain injury, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities frequently experience difficulties with these
Special education teachers, general education teachers, and ancillary staff will learn
specially-designed instructional strategies for “Being a Beat Ahead,” “Building an Internal
Sweep of the Sense of Time,” and “Get Ready-Do-Done.” Beginners and advanced participants
will learn and practice these strategies to improve students’ awareness, working memory,
hindsight and forethought skills, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, organization, and time/task
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
This course is appropriate for educators at all levels (elementary, middle, secondary).
Materials will be provided on-site.
ADDITIONAL COURSE LOGISTICS
|July 8, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm
Over 98% of educators felt that their Outreach Summer Institute seminar provided them with strategies and tools that will help their students.
Sarah Ward has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of executive dysfunction. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to over 1800 public and private schools and organizations worldwide. In recognition of their global influence in the field of twice-exceptional learning, Sarah and Kristen Jacobsen were the honored recipients of the Nancy Tarshis Legacy Fellowship Award. Further solidifying their status as eminent figures in their field, Sarah and Kristen were named one of the Top 10 Professional Development Providers for 2023 by Education Technology Insights Magazine.