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2 Day Seminars

Executive Function: Foundations for Learning and Teaching – Summer Institute 2019

Competent executive skills are critical to success inside and outside school. Without an effective executive managing the brain, papers disappear, deadlines are missed, and answers are left incomplete on tests. Students who have executive weaknesses require structure, routine, and direct strategy instruction. As students transition into and beyond middle and high school, they need to understand and manage their own executive skills independently. This seminar provides a practical overview of executive function. The seminar begins with a focus on understanding the components of executive function; it then explores practical methods for creating structured environments, scaffolding support, and directly teaching executive strategies that students can use to help themselves navigate their academics. Suggestions for directly introducing students to the language of executive function are addressed throughout the seminar, and hands-on activities and multi-media are utilized. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • identify and discuss the skills that comprise executive function
  • apply informal measures of executive function and use them to assess students’ executive skills
  • construct lessons and classroom routines for students with significant executive weaknesses
  • identify accommodations to support students with significant executive weaknesses
  • teach a range of executive strategies that students can use to support their executive weaknesses.



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 15-16, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

About the Instructor

Tucker Harrison

Tucker has taught study skills classes and language arts tutorials at Landmark High School since 2008, where he also serves as an academic advisor. Former roles include: residential administrator, lead study skills teacher, and cross-country coach. Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.



Financial: Mr. Harrison receives a speaking fee.

Nonfinancial: Mr. Harrison states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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