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Tuesday, July 31 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Executive Function and Expert Learning: Profiles of Empowered Learners

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" What distinguishes humans from other creatures? Both are required to navigate through and across environments each day. As humans; however, there is a much greater complexity within our environment and the way in which we interact with our environment. Fortunately, unlike animals, we have the capacity to utilize higher-order skills that allow us to make the complexity more manageable to navigate.
This session will briefly highlight the underpinnings of executive function and dysfunction, including how to best train skills to optimize performance in and out of the classroom. There will be a focus on youth through adolescence and young adulthood. 
Simulations, case studies, and anecdotes will be shared to establish an understanding of how executive function relates to performance and expert learning. Though executive function is often challenged during adolescence with additional demands are placed upon learners, vulnerabilities may also arise, especially when the complexity of neurocognitive and mental health challenges further compound executive function challenges. Some learners require EF supports built into their working and learning environments, though all can benefit. This session will explore how executive function can impact learning, how to identify ways to support EF needs, as well as strategies to train EF skills for academics and daily tasks."


TAGS: Adult Learners/Pre-Service Teachers, Design Thinking, Higher Ed, Implementation, K-12, Special Education/Inclusion

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Alexis Reid

Director of Learning Based Therapies, Boston Child Study Center
Trained at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and Boston College, Alexis has worked in many different educational settings throughout her career. Most recently she taught in the Boston area and is now the Director of Learning Based Services at the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC... Read More →

Tuesday July 31, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
WCC 2019 Milstein West B