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Executive Skills & Strategies for the Middle & High School Student

Competent executive skills are critical to academic success. Without an effective executive managing the brain, papers disappear, deadlines are missed, and answers are left incomplete on tests. Students with executive weaknesses require structure, routine, and direct strategy instruction. In addition, students need need to understand their own executive profile in order to navigate their worlds effectively. This course provides a practical overview of executive function. The course begins with a focus on understanding the components of executive function; it then explores practical methods for directly teaching executive study strategies and approaches for establishing executive-friendly environments for students. The course supplements practical strategies with current executive function research. In the mornings, the course will introduce executive skills and study strategies through a variety of instructional mediums that include: lectures, videos, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. In the afternoons, teachers will have opportunities to apply the principles from the morning as they practice strategies, analyze case studies, and create or modify their own materials.


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 useful accommodations to support students with significant executive weaknesses
  • teach a range of executive strategies to students
  • guide students to a meaningful and practical understanding of their own executive profiles
  • critique and modify lesson plans, worksheets, grading criteria, and classroom environments to ensure executive friendliness



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



Participants should bring materials (assignments, worksheets, tests, projects) from a curricular unit of their choosing for use throughout the seminar.


This course is offered for 3.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

36 hours/PDPs (included)
3 graduate credits (included)
3.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 16-20, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

"This was my first professional development seminar and was wildly more informative and entertaining than I ever planned or hoped for. Tucker was great and I look forward to learning from or working with him in the future. Thanks so much!"

Bryant Harris

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.



Mr. Harrison receives a speaking fee.



Mr. Harrison states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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