Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning: What it really means, and how to apply it in your classroom tomorrow!

The path to learning and a calm classroom, remote or in person, is a calm brain. The disruption of our students’ routines during COVID-19 has had a serious impact on their executive functioning skills – the core of SEL. As our students continue to learn online, or return to the classroom, it will be more important than ever to equip them with the skills to self-regulate, understand each other, and develop the brain functioning and social skills that will help them adapt and succeed.

Join our expert panel of teachers and neuroscientists in this virtual 2-day workshop about executive functioning in young adolescents. Explore the key science & research behind executive functioning - including the impact of trauma, autism, & ADHD. Uncover the most effective executive functioning strategies for students of all abilities and ages. And understand the myths and realities around executive functioning - including educator learning pearls, and practical strategies you can apply with your students tomorrow!

February 6-7, 2021
10:00 AM -2:30 PM ET Each Day

See the “Schedule” tab for a detailed syllabus

Why learn about Executive Functioning?

Who should take this workshop?

Do you have students who continuously blurt out in class? Students who act out towards you or other students for what appears like no reason at all? Students who can never seem to remember their books or other materials? Students who consistently don't turn in assignments? Students who are easily distracted or have a hard time sitting still? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then we hear you! This 2-day workshop is for you!

One surprising fact about the brain will explain a lot about your students!

Interestingly, it turns out the front part of the brain (which controls our impulses and tempers our emotions) does not fully form until age 21. There is a brain-based reason why your students literally cannot control their impulses fully, and in this workshop we will arm you with tools to better support all of your students in their executive functioning development.

Why do your students need specific instruction in Executive Functioning?

In a world with increasing distractions, sources of stress, and information to process, the brain needs a way to manage and organize the information. Executive functioning is a set of skills that enables us to manage multiple sources of information, develop plans, and stay focused. We are not born with this innate ability but develop it as we grow and learn. Without these crucial skills, your students cannot accomplish several crucial tasks including:

  • Controlling impulses
  • Complex problem solving
  • Developing and adjusting plans
  • Recognizing and remediating mistakes
  • Setting, monitoring and achieving goals
  • Emotional self-regulation and control
About Brain Power

AMLE has teamed up with Brain Power to offer this one-of-a-kind event for educators. The Brain Power team is composed of neuroscience PhDs, medical doctors, experienced teachers, world-class software engineers, managers, employees with autism, and an overall diverse and passionate team! Together, our team is driven to make education more equitable and ensure that every child has a chance to become who they want to be!