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Strategies to Support Executive Function Across All Grade Levels, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


The past two academic years have been challenging for everyone, especially students who struggle with executive function. Students were frequently asked to shift their routines and systems, be flexible as schools weathered Covid surges, access materials in the digital world as well as in person, socially distance themselves from others while trying to do group work, etc. Teachers were amazing in their efforts to help and support students through the ever changing environment. Looking ahead to next year, how can you think about the support and development of executive function skills to set students up for success in classrooms? How can you strategically plan to teach these executive function skills throughout the year to set yourself up for success while also taking into account the need for flexibility within your own teaching practice?

This course provides an overview of language-based learning disabilities and the comorbidity that exists between LBLDs and executive function. Educators will be exposed to different researchers in the field of executive function and will look deeper into the following topics: attention, memory, motivation, effort and emotion. Activities will include demonstrations of practical instructional strategies and will engage educators in activities, interactive discussions, and best practice sharing. Throughout the course, educators will continually reflect on and identify skills that will best meet the needs of students in their classrooms.

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
  • 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 all grade levels.


Materials will be provided on-site.


Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 11-15, 2022
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 98% of educators felt that their Outreach Summer Institute seminar provided them with strategies and tools that will help their students.

About the Instructor

Kate Ryan, M.S.Ed.

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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