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Executive Function: Strategies to Support the Development of Essential Skills, In-Person – Summer Institute 2023


  • Delivery mode: In-person
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section

COURSE DESCRIPTION Today’s students are challenged by a number of executive function demands, exacerbated by the disruptions to their academic and social worlds over the last few years. The demands related to school are high: students must learn and relearn routines, navigate the organization of both physical and digital materials, manage short- and long-term assignments, and cultivate relationships with teachers and peers. Students are asked to apply skills like planning, focusing, and self-regulating to problem solve and carry out tasks in the real-life context of school. For students with LBLD who have a history of facing academic challenges, the difficulty of these tasks are compounded. This 5-day course provides an overview of language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) and the comorbidity between LBLD and executive function. Relevant executive function researchers will be discussed, and different aspects of EF will be explored including attention, memory, motivation, effort, and emotion. Additional focus will be paid to the connection between executive function and social-emotional learning. Throughout the course, educators will learn practical strategies and be engaged in activities, collaborative discussions, and self-reflection related to their teaching. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, define and understand the different components of executive function
  • Understand the comorbidity of language-based learning disabilities and executive function
  • Differentiate between “cold” and “hot” executive function skills
  • Guide students to break down complex tasks in context
  • Implement targeted strategies to support students’ management of language and executive function demands

LEVEL This course is appropriate for educators who work with all grade levels.   MATERIALS Materials will be provided on-site.   GRADUATE CREDIT  Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

30 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 17-21, 2023
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Katie Worden, M.S.Ed.

Katie is an Outreach lead faculty member, a role she earned after many rewarding years spent teaching students at Landmark High School. From 2015-2022, Katie was the director of the Expressive Language Program, prioritizing supportive teacher training. She has taught one-to-one tutorials, as well as classes in language arts, oral expression, and social communication. During her time at Landmark, she also worked closely with a caseload of students and their families as an academic advisor. Beyond the high school level, Katie has taught courses for the Outreach Summer Institute, Landmark Outreach Online, and Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education. Prior to joining Landmark in 2009, she graduated from Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in English. She then earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons University. 

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