Skills for Learning: Executive Function

Skills for Learning:

Executive Function

What is Executive Function?

Executive function is a set of complex skills that manage our behaviors relating to setting and completing goals; it relies on the strength of prefrontal lobe skills (such as attention, working memory, and processing speed) to allow our brains to properly manage, organize, and act on information. Executive function skills predict academic and career success. Learn meaningful strategies to support your students’ acquisition of executive function and how to recognize and address Executive Dysfunction.

Our Solutions

1. COGx Professional Development - Empowering Educators to Strengthen Executive Function

Educators discover tangible ways to support the development of their students' executive function skills, which are involved with mediating a learner’s behavior, emotion, and cognition while working toward a goal. Executive function skills also mediate a person’s tendency toward risky behaviors including crime and addiction, our ability to make and save money, our social skills, and our mental and physical health. The broad set of skills involved with executive function are intricately connected to the function and regulation of other cognitive functions, and thus understanding these skills has obvious implications for the classroom.


What you will learn:

The role of executive function skills in managing the learning process as well as their developmental process. A framework for executive function skills as they relate to goal-directed behaviors. Recognizing and addressing symptoms of executive dysfunction. Classroom strategies to support motivation, planning, emotional regulation, processing regulation, self-monitoring, and self-regulation.


How you will learn:

3 Video Micro Lessons from experts 5 Group Discussion Invitations 4 Visuals and Graphic Organizers 6 Application Guides Ongoing self-checks and application of concepts Direct access to your Program Leader Opportunities to give and receive feedback from your peers Teaching practice reflection Estimated time to complete: 3.25 hours

2. COGx Student Program - Empowering Students to Become Sophisticated Learners

The COGx program for students, Becoming a Sophisticated Learner, provides students with the foundational skills necessary to develop 21st century skills. Students master evidence-based techniques and strategies to process information effectively and for building reliable prior knowledge, which is a prerequisite for critical thinking, creative thinking and effective communication. Furthermore, students learn how to monitor, organize, self-regulate and adjust their learning (metacognition, executive function). Students are equipped to apply what they learn to their classes and studies and are as such prepared to succeed in school and beyond.

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