Strengthening Executive Skills to Promote School Success
Day Two: The General and Special Education Summit
Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Richmond, bc
Executive skills are sometimes called “the hidden curriculum.” They are skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success, yet curriculum standards seldom if ever explicitly reference these skills. Neuroscientists now tell us that these skills take a minimum of 25 years to reach full maturation, and the course of that development is influenced by experience and exposure, by modelling, practice, and direct instruction. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for understanding these key skills, how they develop in diverse populations, and how to support executive skills by embedding them into classroom routines and lessons and by tailoring interventions to meet the needs of individual students and classrooms.
Agenda & Learning Objectives
» Overview of Executive Skills
• Underlying Theory
» Executive Skill Development Across the Lifespan
• Normal executive skill development from infancy through adulthood
• Negative influences on executive skill development (birth issues, head injuries, and disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
» Assessment of Executive Skills
• Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
• Behaviour Rating Scales
» Modifying the Environment to Support Students with Weak Executive Skills
• Changing the Physical or Social Environment
• Modifying Tasks
• Changing the Way Adults Interact with Students
- To describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).
- To identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.
- “Best practices” in assessing executive skills, including both formal and informal measures.
- To design interventions for improving executive skills in students, including 1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills, 2) how to develop protocols for teaching executive skills by embedding them in daily routines and classroom lessons, and 3) how to design student-centered interventions targeted to specific problem situations and executive skill challenges.
- The critical features of a coaching method geared to improving school performance through supporting executive skill development.
Continuing Education Credits
Dr. Peg Dawson: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Great presenter with a realistic, positive approach, who drew capable on her experiences. I was certainly glad I attended today’s session!”
-Halifax, NS | June 5, 2014
“Wow! Thank you. I will use what I gained in the classroom and at home – with myself, my students, my colleagues and my family.”
-Jodie K. (Grade 1 Teacher) | Edmonton, AB | June 3, 2014
Who Should Attend
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
7311 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
For reservations, guests may call locally at 604-278-5555 or toll free at 1-800-663-2878 by mentioning the group name “Jack Hirose & Associates” or the group codes as follows:
Oct 23 – 25 … Event ID 81102
Nov 13 – 15 … Event ID 79484
Nov 25 – 26 … Event ID 79486
Nov 27 – 29 … Event ID 81272
Dec 2 – 4 … Event ID 83736
Room Type & Prices
Plaza / Courtyard Room- a queen bed or 2 double beds, mini-fridge
One-bedroom Condo Suite – a queen bed in master bedroom and a pullout sofa bed in living room, with full kitchen and in-room washer/dryer
October 23 – 25
Plaza – $189
Condo – $209
Plaza – $149
Condo – $179
December 2 – 4
Plaza – $159
Condo – $189
*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*
When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.
Registration & Fees
|Registration||Early bird Fee||Regular Fee|
|Individual 1 Day Enrollment||$249||$269|
|Individual 2 Day Enrollment||$449||$469|
|Individual 3 Day Enrollment||$639||$659|
All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
Early bird cutoff date: November 18, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, November 18, 2019.
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