Full program description
Overcoming Barriers in Education: Executive Functions & Mental Health Adolescence is a time of growth, as well as a time for much needed support in regards to academics and social/emotional health. Often, adolescent difficulties can be directly related to a lagging skill-set in executive functioning.
Unfortunately, many parents and educators are not versed in the language of executive functions, and specifically how they relate to and impact ADHD. To implement growth, educators and parents need: access to executive function language and definitions; understanding the impact lagging executive function skills can have on a child’s development; and specific, research-based strategies to support students by increasing their executive functioning skills. Educators and families working together can create opportunities to support all of our children with ADHD and executive functioning areas of need.
The series: Overcoming Barriers in Education: Executive Functions & Mental Health provides three separate courses which can be taken alone or sequentially, and include research based, best practice information to assist educators when working with youth.
These courses are ideal for:
· All K-12 licensed staff
· Special education teachers
· new and veteran EL teachers
· new and veteran GT/YS
· new and veteran Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA)
· new and veteran Psychologists and Social Workers
· new and veteran School administration
· Educators looking to receive license renewal
· Parents teaching home/homeschool teachers
Cost per graduate credit (each course provides 1 semester credit): $395
Each course completed will result in:
· One graduate semester credit
· 24 continuing education clock hours
· Completion certificate for your records
· Three areas for Minnesota Teaching License Renewal: Positive behavioral intervention strategies; Key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents; Accommodation, modification and adaptation of curriculum, materials and instruction
Course 1: Understanding Executive Functions-Language, Research, and Impact on Student Development
· Overview: Description of Executive Functioning, impacts of student learning, overcoming classroom obstacles
· Objectives: Can I articulate executive functioning language, explain the impact of their deficits on a learner, and identify a learner’s strengths and areas of need within the classroom setting?
· Outcomes: Participants will understand executive functions and the impact they have on student wellness and achievement.
Course 2: Overcoming Barriers in Education: Understanding the Impacts of Executive Functions on Mental Health in Youth
· Overview: Understand executive functions and the impact they have on student wellness and achievement.
· Objectives: Can I support mental health needs of students in my classroom, given consideration to typical child/adolescent and neurotypical development?
· Outcomes: Participants will understand adolescent mental health trends, co-occurring conditions, and their impact on learning (ACES: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study).
Course 3: Implementing Best Practice Executive Function Strategies in the Classroom
· Overview: Create, design and implement a classroom setting which supports executive function development of all learners.
· Objectives: Can I facilitate a classroom environment for neurotypical and typical learners with an emphasis on self-advocating and independence?
· Outcomes: Participants will learn how to create, design and implement a classroom setting which supports executive function development of all learners.