Beyond Organizing: The What and Why of Teaching Executive Function

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Presented by: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. 

What is executive function? What role do executive function strategies play in the success of all learners? In this free preview training, Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Founder of the Institutes for Learning and Development, will review the theory and research behind the importance of executive function. Beyond helping students clean out their backpacks, attendees will explore how executive function processes have become increasingly important from the elementary grades onwards as students are required to complete complex reading and writing assignments as well as online research for long-term projects.

Presented by: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. 

In our 21st century schools, a large gap still separates the strategies that are taught from the skills needed for success in school and in the workplace. Classroom instruction still focuses primarily on the content or WHAT of learning rather than the process or HOW of learning. Furthermore, students are not taught to understand how they think and how they learn, a process that is referred to as “metacognitive awareness.” Nevertheless, academic performance depends heavily on students’ self-understanding as well as their ability to plan their time, organize and prioritize ideas, think flexibly, monitor their progress, and self-regulate. These executive function processes have become increasingly important from the elementary grades onwards as students are required to complete complex reading and writing assignments as well as online research for long-term projects. This presentation will emphasize practical approaches for promoting metacognitive awareness, flexible thinking, and executive function strategies as part of the classroom curriculum across grade levels.