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2 Day Seminars

Executive Function: From Theory To Practice – Summer Institute 2020

This seminar provides an overview of language-based learning disabilities and the comorbidity that exists between these specific learning disabilities and executive function challenges. Educators will be exposed to different researchers in the field of executive function and the varying models that are presented by each of these researchers. Participants will look deeper into the following elements of executive function: attention, memory, and emotion. Activities will include demonstrations of practical instructional strategies, hands-on activities, interactive discussions, and best practice sharing. 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the different models and components of executive function
  • Understand the comorbidity of language-based learning disabilities and executive function 
  • Understand how to break down academic tasks to help students reach their goals
  • Implement and differentiate targeted strategies to help students to better manage language and executive function demand



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



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 optional graduate credit
Dates/Time Price
July 22-23, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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About the Instructor

Kate Ryan

Kate currently works as an Outreach consultant where she partners with schools in different capacities to help support students with language-based learning disabilities. Previously, Kate taught algebra I, language-arts tutorials, and student advocates at Landmark High School. Kate was also a special educator at a public middle school and public charter high school where she taught small group math classes and managed a caseload of students. While working at the public charter high school, Kate was also a special education department head and then an assistant principal. Kate holds a BA from Colby College with a major in human development and minor in mathematics, and she earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.

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