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Videos addressing Executive Functioning. These videos define our categories of Executive Functioning, signs of possible EF deficits, how to use our 7-Step Model, and helpful strategies to support student learning. Stay tuned for more information!

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Video Option 1 What is Executive Functioning?
Video Option 2 What is Working Memory?


Institute on Executive Functioning™

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What is Executive Functioning?

Executive functioning is a group of processes that involves metacognition and allows individuals to self-regulate the ways in which they interact with their environment. Executive function skills develop and improve throughout childhood and into young adulthood (Strosnider & Sharpe, 2019, p. 6).

Our Programs to Improve Executive Functioning

"Val and Roberta's Executive Functioning Workshop provided engaging hands-on professional development to a variety of role groups to meet the needs of general education students as well as students with disabilities. They collaborated with my team to tailor each workshop to meet the unique needs of each role group, e.g., parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, secondary and elementary teachers. Although it did require additional planning and preparation of materials, we found it to be time well spent as each role group left with a better understanding of strategies that they could immediately put into practice. We consider Val and Roberta to be our partners in building capacity of EF skills. Years after their initial workshop, they have continued to collaborate with our team through zoom and emails to follow-up on our implementation and to assist with any questions we have regarding developing executive functioning skills. Our schools embraced the use of their book The Executive Function Guidebook (Strategies to Help All Students Achieve Success) and have seen the benefits that executive functioning strategies have had upon their student outcomes."
-Ravae Todd, Autism District Educational Specialist - South Hawaii Regional Office, Keaau, Hawaii

  • Executive Function Skills Training Workshops
  • Executive Function Skills Coaching
  • Summer Executive Function Skills Training Camps

Service Provider Success Stories

Kim Hale

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Kim Hale,
Grade 3 Teacher

Andi Anglin-Alonso

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Andi Anglin-Alonso,
Special Education Resource Teacher
How to Teach Executive Strategies

Elisabeth Halici

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Elisabeth Halici,
Middle School Mathematics Teacher

The Executive Function Guidebook: Strategies to Help All Students Achieve Success

We are pleased to announce that our book, Strosnider, R. & Sharpe, V. (2019). The Executive Function Guidebook: Strategies to Help All Students Achieve Success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, has been chosen to be part of Sage Knowledge. Sage Knowledge is the premier social sciences platform for Sage and CQ Press book, reference, and video content.

Designed with busy teachers in mind, The Executive Function Guidebook introduces a flexible seven-step model that incorporates Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and the use of metacognition. Whether you teach kindergarten, high school, or anything in between, you can make executive function training part of your teaching. As students' proficiencies improve, you will see their confidence and capability increase, setting the stage for their success in school and in life. Features of the book include:

  • Descriptions of Each Executive Function Skill and Its Impact on Learning
  • Examples of Instructional Steps to Assist Students as They Set Goals and Work to Achieve Success
  • Strategies Coded by Competency and Age/Grade Level
  • Authentic Snapshots and "Think About" Sections
  • Templates for Personalized Goal-Setting, Data Collection, and Success Plans
  • Accompanying Strategy Cards

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