Overcoming Executive Functions in the Classroom
There are a multitude of challenges that impact a child’s education when deficits in executive functions are not addressed. This course will increase awareness of executive functioning and co-occurring mental health conditions, which impacts over 20% of the population. The classroom takes on a positive new energy when best practice strategies are taught and used daily by students, teachers and families. Our presentation incorporates a 4-tiered approach: 1) Importance of teaching executive function language; 2) Identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses, 3) Teach students to advocate for their own needs, and 4) Create a classroom climate that is inclusive for all learners. This course fulfills the mental health requirement for MN Teacher Licensing.
* District graduate quarter credits can be used for movement on the salary schedule but generally will not transfer from district to district. For an additional $150.00 fee an individual may obtain 1 semester graduate credit from Saint Mary's University. Information will be handed out during the first day of class. SMU will send a hard-copy bill in the mail after the 21st of the month. Course approval forms need to be completed. Courses may be used for renewal units.
** Individuals at MA+60 may audit any courses for $15.00 per quarter credit. Individuals “auditing” classes are expected to complete class assignments.