Helping students improve their use of executive functions in the classroom: A Seminar for Teachers
October 30, 2023 @ 8:30 am – October 31, 2023 @ 3:30 pm EDT
Join us for a 2 day in-person seminar featuring Dr. George McCloskey, a professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the School of Professional and Applied Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Join us at the RLA Learning and Conference Center, just outside of Pittsburgh, on October 30th and 31st. 12 Act 48 credits will be available.
This course will help participants gain a deeper understanding of executive functions and how executive function deficits impact the behavior and academic production of children and adolescents. Participants will gain state-of-the-art knowledge of evidence-based methods to help children and adolescents improve their use of executive functions. Ways to discuss executive functions with children, parents and other school staff will be offered, as well as ways to help motivate children and adolescents to ensure their full participation in efforts to help them.
Special emphasis will be placed on how to orient students to intervention efforts and help them move from being externally controlled to internally self-regulated through the use of bridging strategies. Case study examples of assessment and intervention efforts and outcomes with children and adolescents will be discussed throughout the presentation. Participants will leave this workshop energized and with a renewed sense of purpose, a greater knowledge of how to improve executive functions, and a greater realization of how they can have a positive effect on the children, parents and professionals with whom they work.
Course Objectives – participants will be able to:
- Describe a comprehensive model of executive functions
- Describe and apply orienting strategies that help students identify challenges, set goals for improvement, and identify strategies to use to make improvements
- Describe and apply strategies that use external control to help a student function more effectively in school settings
- Describe and apply strategies that help students bridge the gap between being externally controlled and being internally self-regulated
- Describe and apply strategies that enable students to improve their use of internally self-regulated strategies to improve their functioning in school settings
- Explain the difference between learning difficulties and producing difficulties
- Identify and access sources of information about evidence-based methods that can be used to strengthen student’s awareness of when and how to self-regulate
- Identify and access sources of information about evidence-based programs that foster executive function development and/or remediate difficulties
- All Teachers, Special Educators, School Administrators
- School Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists
- Learning Specialists, Counselors, Academic Support Staff
- other professionals who work with children and adolescents in grades PreK-12
George McCloskey, Ph.D., is a professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the School of Applied and Professional Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. McCloskey has amassed 40 years of experience in test development, teaching, research, and assessment and intervention work. The content of the workshop is based on the past 25 years of his research and experience working specifically with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties. He frequently presents at international, national and state conferences on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics and consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ executive capacities.
Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive functions and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 10 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners (2014). He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) Teacher (2016) and Parent (2019) Forms that have been standardized and published with Schoolhouse Educational Services and the author of the McCloskey Social-Emotional Learning Scales (Parent and Teacher Forms in press). Dr. McCloskey is co-author with his wife, Laurie McCloskey of the children’s book titled The Day Frankie Left His Frontal Lobes at Home (2021).