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Executive Function Skills in the Classroom

Overcoming barriers, building strategies

About the Course

Building on previous research and practical experience, the authors present a feasible approach to building essential executive function skills in real-world classroom settings. The authors present a coherent case for focusing on executive functions across the curriculum and throughout the school. This explanation is supplemented with relevant examples, making this resource relevant for educators and professionals working in/with a school system.

This course is based on the book, Executive Function Skills in the Classroom created by Laurie Faith, PhD et al. in 2023.

Publication Date:

Guilford Press 2022

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Laurie Faith, PhD

Dr. Faith teaches and coordinates a research center at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Faith is the creator of Activated Learning. She provides professional learning and training for individual teachers and school boards across Ontario, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She has written multiple books on Activated Learning.

Carol-Anne Bush, MA,

Carol-Anne Bush is a former K-12 educator and an executive function coach in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a certified Level III trainer in the Activated Learning approach, and is an ADHD-Certified Educator through the Professional Education Systems Institute. Her studies in Psychology of Education at the University of London’s Institute of Education have enabled her to take a deeper look at student behavior.

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC

Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who work in a school system as well as educators in the classroom and in content development. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify three Executive Functions.
  2. Discuss the benefits of EF literacy in the academic setting.
  3. Identify how recognizing and addressing strengths and challenges in executive functioning can improve overall academic and cognitive performance.
  4. Describe techniques for developing EF literacy and competence in a variety of settings.
  5. Provide three examples of barriers to implementing EF literacy in the classroom
  6. Summarize the differences between formative and summative evaluations.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103351
15 CE credit hours
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