Supporting Executive Function in the Classroom, Tracht, Spring 2020

Course Number: EDU 6710 CFS1 (graduate), EDU 4710 CFS1 (undergraduate)
Instructor: Debbie Tracht, MA, Literacy; CAGS, Mind, Brain & Teaching
Location: In-person and online using Canvas. There will be 3 in-person meetings on March 7, April 4, and May 2, 2020 at Castleton University. The remainder of the course will be held in an online environment.
Dates and Times: March 7 – May 2, 2020.
Credits: 3 graduate or undergraduate credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $975 payable to CASTLETON UNIVERSITY is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

The term “Executive Function” has become widely used in the field of education, yet is poorly understood. This course will provide an understanding of this complex term and how it impacts learning, covering related topics such as ADHD, processing speed, literacy, trauma, anxiety, and metacognition. Participants will learn about conditions that can interfere with Executive Function and the variability in Executive Function skills among individuals, including gender differences.

Our schools have increasingly adopted an inclusion model, creating classrooms with a wide range of learning strengths and challenges. Many students in our schools have executive function challenges, but may or may not fall into any categories for which they would receive special services. This leaves classroom teachers with the responsibility of recognizing skill deficits related to executive functions that may be causing students to struggle in the classroom.

In three face-to-face meetings and online discussions, participants share experiences, challenges, strategies and insights.  Through readings, videos, PowerPoints and activities, participants will gain tools and strategies for the classroom to support not only those with Executive Function challenges, but all students. Educators will leave this course with a new lens through which to view students and methods to increase success in their classrooms.

Course Goals & Objectives

  1. To identify and describe core characteristics of Executive Functions and ADHD, a dysfunction of Executive Function
  2. To demonstrate understanding of the impact of gender, stress, and trauma on Executive Functions
  3. To demonstrate understanding of the complexity of Executive Function skills required for the tasks of reading and writing
  4. To demonstrate understanding of the impact of processing speed and working memory in the classroom
  5. To learn and apply strategies to increase academic success for students with weakness in executive functioning

Required Texts

-- Executive Function in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students, 1st 

    Edition by Christopher Kaufman Ph.D.

-- Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up: by Braaten & Willoughby

-- Assorted articles that will be available online

   Texts may change prior to course start. Check this listing closer to start date.

 For additional course information

Debbie Tracht
(802) 349-7222

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!