Smart But Scattered: Building Executive Skills with Children and Adolescents

EXPERT: Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Many students struggle in school because of a key set of skills that underlie academic performance in a fundamental way. Executive skills are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. This workshop, which offers intensive training in how to help these students, will provide a model for understanding what these skills are and how they develop.

Executive Functioning 101

Why executive functions are critical to students’ success, and how parents can help develop them

EXPERT: Jenna Prada, M.Ed.

Success in education requires that students master much more than content; they must also hone skills such as organization, time management, and effective studying.