10th Annual Executive Function Conference for Parents and Teachers

Our Conference enabled us to learn how executive function processes (goal setting, flexible thinking, organizing, prioritizing, accessing working memory, and self-monitoring and checking) impact academic tasks such as homework and project-based learning.

This conference featured talks from:

  • Dr. Lynn Meltzer, the Conference Chair, and an internationally recognized researcher in the field of executive function
  • Dr. Chris Willard, an expert in using mindfulness to support students both in and out of school. Dr. Willard will discuss the role of stress in students’ lives and will provide mindfulness strategies for students of all ages.
  • Staff from the Institutes of Learning and Development

We also offered two conference programs: one for teachers and one for parents, representing two groups of adults who are at the front lines of helping students succeed.

Executive Function Conference for Teachers

The Teachers program explores current executive function research and the technical aspects of teaching executive function strategies to students across a wide range of ages and ability levels. Teachers and administrators will deepen their understanding of:

• The complex nature of executive function processes
• How executive function weaknesses impact homework and project completion
• How explicit executive function instruction and mindfulness can reduce stress
• The importance of self-awareness and flexible thinking for academic success
• How to reframe homework and projects with an executive function lens
• Specific grade-appropriate strategies to foster independent and successful learners

Executive Function Conference for Parents

The Parents program focuses on how executive function strategies can improve children’s lives today. This conference will support parents’ understanding of:

  • How executive function weaknesses impact homework and project completion
  • Strategies to optimize student success in completing homework and projects
  • How teaching key executive function strategies of goal-setting, planning, prioritizing, time management, self-monitoring and checking can lead to independent and successful learners
  • How explicit executive function instruction and mindfulness can reduce stress

Whichever program was chosen, participants came away with a new understanding of executive function skills and how to implement them with the children they support.

  • Elizabeth Ross, MA, SMARTS  Media Manager