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Strengthening Your Pre-K - 2nd Grade Students' EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS

Presented by Peggy Campbell-Rush
Outstanding Educator, Author, and Nationally Recognized Speaker

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Specifically Designed for General Education Staff, Support Staff, and Other Educators Working with Students in Pre-K – 2nd Grade Who Struggle to Learn Because of a Lack of Organizational, Time Management, Self-Regulation and other Executive Functioning Skills

  • Dozens of practical strategies that can be used in your classroom tomorrow to help ALL Pre-K – 2nd Grade students who have difficulty maintaining attention and organizing their time, tasks, personal space, and materials in their general education classroom
  • Practical ways you can adapt your instruction to enhance students’ ability to develop and use key executive function skills to increase their school success
  • Help your Pre-K – 2nd Grade students improve in these key executive function areas: organization, cognitive flexibility, memory, self-regulation, attention and task initiation
  • Demonstrations, activities, real classroom examples and a comprehensive digital resource handbook you can take back and begin using immediately with your students

Practical Ideas and Strategies

There has been a marked increase in the diagnosis of our young students who have weaknesses in executive function skills. Common characteristics can include difficulty with task initiation, organization, cognitive flexibility, memory, emotional control and time management. In this NEW fast-paced seminar, Peggy Campbell-Rush will demonstrate how to recognize and assess the impact on behavior and learning and most importantly, give you a toolbox filled with practical strategies to help your Pre-K – 2nd Grade students with executive function difficulties. You will not want to miss this day filled with highly effective ideas and interventions to help your students become more independent and develop greater executive control of their time, tasks, and emotions.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies to Address Executive Function Weaknesses that Prevent Students from Finding Success in School
    Learn which skills are attainable for Pre-K – 2nd Grade students … Classroom proven strategies to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, schedules, assignments, and behavior
  2. Discover the Connection to Research: What it Teaches Us About Best Practices for Instruction
    Executive function work is all based on current research about how the brain takes in, processes and stores information … Learn the practical application of this research and how it will greatly benefit your students
  3. Proven Strategies to Improve Your Students’ Skills in Key Executive Function Areas
    Executive functioning helps students to pay attention, manage time, control impulsive behavior, have appropriate social behaviors, and organize their brains for learning … Learn strategies to help your students who have difficulty in these areas so they can experience greater success and increased independence
  4. Bridge the Gap for Students Lacking Critical School Readiness Skills
    Strategies you can use immediately to develop skills that will help students organize information for learning, growing and maturing in developmentally appropriate ways
  5. Classroom-Tested Strategies for Managing Stress, Managing Time, and Increasing On-Task Behavior
    Learn practical strategies to build in your students those skills specific to managing stress, managing time, and staying on task longer
  6. Reduce Student Stress and Improve Student Behavior
    Learn ways to help your students better handle the stress often felt as they develop their Executive Function skills … Significantly improve student behavior through practical solutions for impulse control, self-regulation and self-management
  7. Increase Working Memory and Decrease Disorganization
    Help your students better remember new learning … Teach your students tools and strategies to increase their organizing skills for success in and out of the classroom
  8. Easy Ways to Adapt Your Instruction and Classroom Structure
    Techniques and tips that work to adapt your teaching for all students, but especially those who have difficulties with key executive functioning skills … Quick and easy ideas to set up routines that work best with young children
  9. Tools and Strategies to Teach Independence and Emotional Regulation
    Learn how to help our youngest learners to begin to become more independent with strategies that teach steps in planning, implementing the plan and self-regulating
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a comprehensive digital resource handbook developed specifically for this seminar filled with strategies, ideas and research-based tips, tricks and techniques that will support you when you return to your classroom and school

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Strengthen your Pre-K – 2nd Grade students’ EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS
  • Dozens of practical strategies designed to increase attention, focus and impulse control
  • Recognize and strategize to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, attention and behavior
  • Strategies for inclusive and general education classrooms
  • Executive function skills to increase student success in social emotional functioning
  • Understand how stress impacts young learners and their Executive Functioning skills and discover specific strategies that work
  • Flexible problem solving strategies to fit the needs of specific students
  • Emotional regulation strategies you can use immediately
  • Simple yet effective tips for organization
  • Memory strategies for working memory, short-term memory and long-term memory
  • Clearly define key executive function skills and how they impact academic and social success in our youngest learners
  • Easy, doable strategies you can use immediately in the classroom or resource room
  • Proven ideas to help students with each area of Executive Functioning Skills
  • Set up all your students for success in a general education classroom and an inclusive classroom
  • Dozens of practical strategies to teach students to have cognitive flexibility and emotional control

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Do you ever hear any of these statements about your students?

“She breaks down at the littlest thing.”

“He zones out, and I have a hard time getting his attention back.”

“He seems smart enough but cannot get started on a task.”

“Her organization is all over the place, and really causes problems.”

“He just cannot keep the information taught today to use tomorrow!”

If you have heard, voiced, or even just thought any of these, I invite you to join me for a fast-paced, strategy filled day focused on Executive Functioning Skills for Pre-K – 2nd Grade students. Pulling from my decades of experience, I have compiled a specific toolbox of strategies, ideas and solutions for the issues we see when our students lack strong executive function skills. As you know, developing and strengthening executive functioning skills early on is so important for school success. Lack of these skills plays a role in school struggles for years to come. This seminar will help you intervene early and often to help all students achieve school and lifelong success.

Over the past decade we have witnessed an explosion of diagnoses related to young students who have difficulties in executive functioning. In addition, many of our general education students who do not have a diagnosis exhibit a lack of executive function skills and the impact on their ability to learn effectively is all too real.

In this stimulating and interactive seminar, designed for Pre-K – 2nd Grade general education and inclusive settings, you will learn how to recognize executive functioning deficits, assess their impact on learning and behavior, gain a toolbox of practical strategies for working with students, and learn how to integrate these strategies into your classroom tomorrow and beyond.

Do not miss this opportunity to understand how executive functioning or dysfunction makes or breaks students’ ability to be successful in school. Come and learn new strategies and interventions that will make a significant difference for all your students.

Peggy Campbell-Rush

P.S. I know you have the choice in choosing a professional development day that will meet your needs for the year. I promise, you will not be disappointed! Get excited!

Who Should Attend

General Education Staff, Support Staff, and Other Educators Working with Students in Pre-K – 2nd Grade Who Struggle to Learn Because of a Lack of Organizational, Time Management, SelfRegulation and other Executive Functioning Skills

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Multiple strategies for meeting the needs of your students with executive function deficits
  • Classroom-tested resources and next day ideas for organization, impulse control, memory, behavioral regulation, and attention/concentration
  • Easy techniques and tip for teaching students cognitive flexibility, self-awareness, and stress/anxiety management
  • Dozens of practical strategies for improving your students’ executive function skills
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in improving the behavior and learning of their students.

Consultation Available
Peggy Campbell-Rush will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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