Executive Functioning Course

Ever need assistance with planning, organizing, or problem solving?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  These important skills are part of a broad set of skills called Executive Function.  Executive Function is defined as a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.  With this understanding, a team of staff from the Department of Student Services has developed and implemented an Executive Functioning course for district staff.  Teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, and other staff have participated in the course this year. 

The development team consisted of Mary Lou Fasko, Jackie Vance, Jen Nelson, and Erin Hanna.  This dynamic team offered a blended environment of online coursework and in-person discussion to provide staff with a greater understanding of Executive Functioning and specific strategies to use with their students.  This work will continue during the 2012 – 2013 school year. 

Below is a link to a quick video description of Executive Function and a picture of the summer class.    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cCNhKqQXOM