08. Executive Functioning: Foundational Skills for the Educator (and Student )

Speaker: Leslie Thatcher, EdM

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As students grow and progress through the K-12 system, assumptions are made about their ability to organize their time, assignments, social engagements, and emotional reactions. These are all skills related to executive functions. Some students intuitively develop these skills, yet they are often learned through incidental learning, and not explicitly taught. Many students benefit from explicitly structured work to develop executive functioning skills-and students learning with a visual impairment are no different. Learn the basics about executive functioning, and learn how to integrate these skills into your work. This session will involve some hands-on work to explore the implications of these key skills, and how to increase your student's executive functions. This session can be taken separately from the previous session, or in combination with the prior session.

Credits: Act 48, ACVREP, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/ Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, School Counselors and/or School Psychologists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals

headshot of Leslie ThatcherSpeaker Bio:
Leslie Thatcher brings more than 30 years of experience in college and independent school education to College Success @ Perkins. She’s contributed to college and high school admission offices, developed programs focused on orienting young adults into new schools on the high school and college level, and advised, taught and led students in and out of the classroom. Throughout her career, Leslie has worked to create opportunities for student growth and independence, both academically and personally. Her professional and leadership experience includes admissions, program development and student life in independent schools, including residential parenting, academic advising, and college counseling,  Additionally, she served as Associate Dean of Admission for Lewis & Clark College. Leslie consults with college-bound young adults as an independent educational consultant and executive functioning coach and presents nationally on these topics and the challenges surrounding college readiness for students with visual impairments. Leslie has a master’s in education with a focus on adolescent development and higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College.

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