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, 4) Create a classroom climate that is inclusive for all learners, and 5) Impact of mental health in adolescent learners. * 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 $195.00 fee an individual may obtain 1 semester graduate credit from Hamline University. Tuition is due and payable in full by the first class session. 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.