Executive function skills are the brain processes involved in controlling our behavior and carrying out our goals. In infancy and early childhood, these skills lay an important foundation for later success in school and social relationships. Learn about how these essential skills develop, as well as intervention strategies to support children’s developing executive function skills in the first six years of life.
Earn 42 clock hours
Cost: Early bird until August 26: $455 | After August 26: $475 registration fee
Fall 2019: October 7 to December 16, 2019. Register by September 30. Instructor: Marie Opsahl Lister
- Learn what executive function is and how to explain executive function skills in a way that’s accessible to others.
- Understand the developmental progression of executive function skills from infancy to early childhood.
- Learn how executive function skills are related to positive outcomes across development, such as academic knowledge, social skills, and resilience.
- Gain an understanding of the factors that impact the development of executive function skills.
- Learn how executive function issues are related to developmental disorders and mental health problems.
- Review intervention strategies to support executive function development and reflect on how they can be used in your own work with young children.
Who should register
- Early childhood educators
- Parents of young children
- Other professionals working with young children
What to expect
- The course is instructor-led with feedback and interactions provided.
- All activities and assignments for this course are asynchronous and online. Nothing takes place in real time.
- You have access to the course site 24/7 and can fit your work on the course into your schedule.
- Activities and assignments include readings, videos, discussion board, recording videos using an online tool called FlipGrid, and reflection papers.
- You are expected to participate fully and abide by weekly submission due dates for assignments and activities.
Knowledge and competency areas
The early childhood competencies are those used by MN – ACHIEVE’s knowledge and competencies framework.
- Child development and learning
- Promoting cognitive development
- Observing, recording, and assessing development
Meet the instructor
Marie Opsahl Lister
Marie graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Masters of Education and a teaching license in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. She is a teacher at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota and an assistant to Dr. Ann Masten. Marie is passionate about supporting the social and emotional development of young children and helping families navigate early development. She is interested in pulling apart the systemic disparities that contribute to the “achievement gap” and helping families and communities access the resources they need to ensure that quality early childhood education is accessible to all. Marie has experience designing and implementing Executive Function based interventions with Dr. Ann Masten, Dr. Stephanie Carlson, and Dr. Phil Zelazo. She has designed and implemented Executive Function kindergarten readiness curricula and created and led a variety of professional development trainings on Executive Function, Play and Nature Based Learning.
There is no required textbook for this course. All of the readings will be posted to the course website.
- Cancellation before Day 1 of the session: Full refund less $35 administrative fee
- Cancellation Day 1 Week 1 through Day 1 Week 2: 75% refund less $35 administrative fee
- Cancellation Day 2 Week 2 forward: No refund will be provided.
To cancel, send an email to Karen Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEED reserves the right to refuse/cancel a registration due to low enrollment, a prerequisite not completed, or other circumstances making the registration nonviable. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants have the option to receive a full refund OR to transfer the registration to the same course held in a future session. CEED will accept substitutions for attendees.
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