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Executive Function: Essential Classroom Skills

Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Executive Function: Essential Classroom Skills

Presented by Dr. Andrei Semenov, Clinical Study Manager at EarliTec Diagnostics, Developmental Researcher, Research Consultant at Reflection Sciences, Data Analyst; and Renae Ouillette, EFgoPRO Implementation Specialist, Reflection Sciences

Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company

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Resisting the urge to talk out of turn, remembering rules in the classroom, and shifting attention between activities are all daily challenges for young students. These types of behaviors belong to a set of neurocognitive skills called executive function skills. Modern cognitive and neuroscience research has shown that these skills start to emerge at an early age and continue to develop through adulthood. In this edWebinar, Dr. Andrei Semenov and Renae Ouillette talk about the development of executive function skills and how these skills manifest themselves in the classroom as well as strategies teachers and parents can take to improve a child’s proficiency at these skills.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-3 teachers, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, school psychologists, school counselors, and occupational therapists.

Dr. Andrei SemenovAbout the Presenters

Dr. Andrei Semenov is a developmental psychologist and currently an NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2021, and his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 2013. Dr. Semenov conducts research on the development of executive function skills in childhood. He is particularly interested in how parenting practices in the context of family routines can help promote EF skills and autonomy-supportive parenting. Dr. Semenov also is interested in mindfulness meditation and how reflective practices can be used to promote EF development in children and adults. Dr. Semenov’s work has been funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, Hemera Foundation, and grants from the University of Minnesota. At Reflection Sciences, Dr. Semenov consults on teacher professional development, parent outreach blogs, and MEFS/EFgo data.

Renae OuilletteRenae Ouillette has over 25 years of experience as a district-level administrator focusing on improving outcomes for students who experience barriers to learning. She is passionate about bridging the gap between scientific research and educational practice. Renae has championed the need to embed social-emotional learning and executive function into professional development and student learning. She is trained in implementation science and understands the challenges of making sustainable organizational change. Renae helps all new school districts with their EFgoPRO™ implementation. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Michigan State University, Renae went on to earn her master’s in developmental psychology and specialist in psychological services in school psychology from Central Michigan University. She obtained her administrative licensure through the University of Minnesota and has taken courses to become a licensed clinical counselor through Adler Graduate School. Renae has taught and guest lectured at several colleges and universities in Minnesota.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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