Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

Practical Classroom Strategies to Support Executive Function – Summer Institute 2024

Supporting the development of strategies and skills to support executive function continues to be a primary focus, especially as many students are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic. Research in the field of executive function continues to link the importance of strong executive function skills with academic success. This 2-day seminar will provide an overview of language-based learning disabilities and the comorbidity that exists between LBLD 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. Content will include demonstrations of practical instructional strategies and will engage educators in activities, interactive discussions, and best practice sharing. Throughout this seminar, 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 levels (elementary, middle, secondary).



Required: Please purchase your own copy of Executive Function: Foundations for Learning and Teaching before the course begins.

Additional materials will be provided on-site.



There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 2-day course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.



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

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 17-18, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

Teachers Say...

The instructor infused experiences with the research to make understanding practical and accessible. They did a fantastic job encouraging conversation while being able to manage keeping us on track with our class goals.

About the Instructor

Kate Ryan, M.S.Ed.

Kate currently works as an Outreach lead faculty member 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 became a special education department head and later 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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