When you think of executive function, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, images abound of messy backpacks and overflowing desks that desperately need organization.
Executive function is much more than just organizing–EF processes are what allow us to set goals, organize our thoughts, shift flexibly between different perspectives, remember essential information, monitor our progress, and self-check.
Research has shown that teaching executive function strategies can help students develop self-awareness and ensure students have the tools they need to navigate the complex demands of living and learning in the 21st century.
Are you interested in learning more about the theory and research behind the importance of executive function? Register for our free webinar, Beyond Organizing: The What and Why of Teaching Executive Function, featuring Dr. Lynn Meltzer, president and founder of the Institutes for Learning and Development.
We look forward to seeing you!
- Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate
Build Your Executive Function Toolkit
Are you interested in building your Executive Function Toolkit? Join us in February and March to hear from EF experts on topics such as metacognition and motivation, strategies to support students with long-term projects and project-based learning, embedding EF in the general education curriculum, and the intersection of EF and social-emotional learning. Learn more and register here.
SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org
Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org
The Institute for Learning and Development: ildlex.org