“Executive function” is a buzz phrase educators frequently encounter and yet it remains unclear how to address it systematically in the classroom. In this workshop we will (1) refine our understanding of executive function, (2) discuss why it is important to teach executive function skills, (3) learn how to explicitly and systematically integrate executive function into the classroom, (4) and plan “next steps” for integrating executive function into your classroom.
Surina Basho, Ph.D., Educational Therapist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, Contributing Author To Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom
Surina Basho earned her PhD in Child Development from Tufts University, where she focused on cognitive neuroscience (studying reading in the brain at MIT/MGH) and learning differences (executive function, working memory and dyslexia) in children. While obtaining her PhD, Surina worked with renowned executive function expert, Dr. Lynn Meltzer, conducting neuropsychological assessments, individualized intervention for students, and research in the classroom. She also co-authored a chapter with Dr. Meltzer in the book, "Executive function in the classroom: Fostering strategic mindsets across the grades and content areas," (2010). As part of the Mind, Brain, Education Summer Institute at
Harvard University,Surina instructed diverse groups of professionals (i.e., teachers, principals, neuropsychologists, and researchers) in how cognitive neuroscience and education can inform one another.
Most recently, Surina was a researcher with Challenge Success at Stanford University where she evaluated school reform programs to reduce stress, improve academic integrity, and increase health/well-being in students. Presently, Surina provides consultation and teacher training workshops to schools in executive function and educational neuroscience; has a private practice working with children with executive function weaknesses, learning differences, and AD/HD; and is a research consultant to the Research Institute for Learning and Development, MA.
Audience: Educators of students in elementary, middle and high school.