Processing & Executive Function

Distilling the essence of decades of research in learning science, the core learning principles that have the greatest impact and influence on a student's ability to learn effectively are explored in this four-module program.

Educators will learn about the role of processing skills, including how to recognize the symptoms of a student’s weaknesses in processing skills, and what can be done in a classroom of diverse learners to accommodate or strengthen those skills, as well as how to cultivate a student’s strong processing skills. Educators will develop a clear framework for understanding the root causes and indicators of executive dysfunction and study a robust set of application guides for effectively differentiating and targeting attention, working memory, processing speed, and executive function.

In addition to learning the importance of understanding each student’s cognitive profile in a cognitively diverse classroom, educators will learn to how to recognize students with specific learning difficulties, and how to map learning difficulties to cognitive skills.

Program Modules

This program consists of ~15 hours of self-led asynchronous e-learning, which are complemented with live synchronous office hours to support learners. Learners are encouraged to maintain a flexible pace for their cohort to be in sync with each other to promote meaningful peer discussion and collaboration and to benefit from scheduled office hours and webinars.


Cognition & Learning


The first module lays the foundation for the rest of our PD. Here, we define the core cognitive skills we rely upon for learning, including how these shape a student’s ability to learn and how you can inform your teaching.

Processing Skills (Attention, Working Memory & Processing Speed)


Learn about the role of processing skills, including what symptoms look like when a processing skill is weak, the statistics behind these skills in the classroom, and what you can do in your classroom to accommodate for processing skill strengths and weaknesses.

Executive Function


What is Executive Function and how does it affect learning? How common is comorbidity with other learning struggles such as ADHD, and processing skills?

Learn a framework for understanding the root causes and symptoms of Executive Dysfunction, including ideas and insights regarding what can and should be done to help learners.

Cognitive Diversity & Learning Differences


Learning is a cognitive process and every classroom is cognitively diverse. While labeling students hinders their performance, understanding their cognitive profile and how they learn, enables you to be a more effective teacher.

In this module, you will learn how to recognize common symptoms among students with specific learning difficulties, including processing disorders, twice exceptional (gifted students with learning disabilities).

More importantly, in this module you will learn how to map learning difficulties to cognitive skills as well as refine your approach to how you teach them through appropriate strategies to engage your students’ gifts and support their areas of difficulty.

Professional Development on the Science of Learning delivered by top learning scientists online to educators anywhere in the world

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COGx is the finest example I've encountered of cutting edge research on learning sciences applied to educational methodology. All educators should be required to learn effective strategies to develop the foundational cognitive skills students need to engage in the critical thinking and creative problem solving that 21st century demands
Sara Edward -Teacher (Masters in Education, Johns Hopkins U.)

Guest Lecturers

Global experts on human learning provide the scientific base of our content, while program facilitators and subject matter experts translate the science and guide application to your classroom.

Online PD - Program Elements

Priming Activities

Priming quizzes and open-ended interrogatories are used to get learners thinking about the subject matter they are about to learn..

Micro-Video Lessons
Introductory video lessons are delivered by program facilitators while topics within each module are delivered by  subject matter experts.

Classroom Application Guides
Takeaways Guides to ensure the effective implementation of the concepts covered in the course.

Professional Learning Community
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, reflect and discuss how to apply concepts taught.

Peer-Based Feedback
Experience breakout groups to receive and provide peers anonymized feedback for deeper learning.

SoL Practitioner’s Platform
Program alumni join an online platform to obtain and share resources and guidance for ongoing application of concepts taught.

Small Group Collaboration
As part of fostering application, participants form groups around a topic or a principle and work in teams to develop original application ideas.

Office Hours
Office Hours are held to allow participants to ask questions and obtain guidance and feedback on the application of the concepts taught to their classroom.

Program Facilitators

Learning Outcomes

Educators will be able to:

* Develop an understanding of the core scientific principles that drive my students’ learning success.

* Apply strategies based on the scientific principles of learning to lesson planning.

* Summarize the role of processing skills and identify symptoms that signal a processing skill is weak.

* Implement tools to target and accommodate differences in attention, working memory, and processing speed in my classroom.

* Identify and connect the role of specific cognitive skills required for the executive function behaviors that I see in the classroom.

* Use guides to design strategies to help identify and improve executive functioning in my classroom.

We Practice What We Teach: Professional Development Designed Around the Science of Learning

Our Professional Development (PD) on the Science of Learning democratizes access to decades of research on human learning. It also incorporates the scientific principles of human learning to how deliver the program.

Learning through our PD is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Our course will invigorate your lesson planning with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

12 Modules | 12 Weeks | 24 Hours of PD

Testimonials From Teachers at COGx Partner Schools

Without the ability to remember definitions, facts, or details, students are stranded at the most basic level of understanding. The COGx methodology gives me the tools to train my students, to strengthen their memory through direct instruction of activities that build visualization, strengthen comprehension as ideas are linked through meaningful connections, and efficiently organize information that can be easily retrieved.

A wide range of information on brain function and how understanding brain function can aid teaching and learning. I appreciated having the video lesson as a follow up to the readings.

I really like how the program was set up. I also liked the questions from priming quizzes. The questions cause you to exercise your critical thinking skills. The topic was always great! I learned a lot about how I process information... it literally helped me personally as well as to become a better teacher!

I think the topics of this program should be given as teacher training for all teachers. This was the first time I had had any type of training on how to work with students who may have different roadblocks to attention, working memory and processing speed. This training helped me to understand my students much better