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What to Look for in Students’ Executive Function
Wednesday November 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Malinda Mikesell, Reading Supervisor, Carlisle Area School District
Sponsored by C8 Sciences
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You probably know these students: the learner who is easily distracted, the child who consistently struggles to organize tasks and materials to start work, the youngster who cannot always access prior knowledge and seems unable to engage fully in learning experiences.
A surprising number of students in every classroom struggle because of gaps in executive function. Executive function relates to the thinking skills essential for learning, and includes focus, self-control, and memory. In many instances, the underlying problem in reading, behavior and academic success can be a gap in a learner’s executive function skills. This webinar covered the “look for’s” – the behaviors and attitudes students exhibit when they struggle with focus and perseverance in the learning environment.
Malinda Mikesell led an exploration of:
• Methods for assessing executive function and identifying gaps
• Productive steps to address those gaps so children can function successfully as learners
Learn what to look for and how to address executive function gaps successfully to give every learner the opportunity to engage fully in educational opportunities. This webinar is designed for principals, K-8 classroom teachers, curriculum directors, K-8 special education teachers, and school improvement specialists.
Malinda Mikesell has been the Reading Supervisor for the Carlisle Area School District for the past 7 years. Malinda holds Pennsylvania certifications for Elementary Education, Reading Specialist, English Language Arts 7-9, and Principal K-12. She has led multiple teams of teachers and administrators to overhaul the K-5 literacy program to bring it in alignment with Common Core Standards. Malinda has been instrumental in the development, training and ongoing evaluation of K-12 reading interventions in the Carlisle Area School District over the past 6 years.
Malinda holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Susquehanna University with minors in Psychology and Music as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Temple University. She has attended numerous conferences to better understand how the brain learns and what impacts multiple dysfunctions have on both the learning process and the acquisition of literacy skills. Malinda has written and presented on professional development in the Carlisle Area School District and also at multiple conferences.
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C8 Sciences develops a neuroscience-based cognition assessment and development products that have the potential to solve some of the most significant problems in childhood education and in our ageing population. C8 Sciences is the only company to offer integrated computer and physical exercises – “cognition cross-training.” Our products are based on proprietary research developed at Yale University by Dr. Bruce Wexler, and our technology is so impressive that Dr. Wexler and Yale were awarded a prestigious $4M Director’s Office Grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the use of ACTIVATE™ (formerly known as C8Kids) for treating ADHD, a grant reserved only for research programs that have the potential for a paradigm change in US healthcare.