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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Wednesday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Everyday Executive Functioning in Teachers

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In recent research, executive function skills have been identified as having a huge impact on a student’s success in school, particularly when that student suffers from an Executive Function Disorder, or EFD. Supports are put in place to build the student’s skills and teach coping strategies for the deficits with which he or she struggles. Not everyone receives this support and guidance however, in particular the adults who completed school well before EFD had been identified and support became commonplace. Organization, task flexibility, time management, working memory – these are a few of the identified executive functions, but they are also factors a supervisor considers when measuring a teacher’s effectiveness during an observation. The Skillful Teacher notes that “good planning skills stand behind good teaching,” indicating that planning high quality lessons are at the heart of what every teacher needs to do to be effective in the classroom (Saphier, Haley-Speca, and Gower, 2008). Lesson planning, and the delivery of a well-planned lesson, require a high level of executive functioning skills as well. In this session, we explore the variety of evaluation tools and the executive functions required for a teacher to qualify as effective. We will also review current research pertaining to the identification of this issue, as well as what administrators can do to support faculty members struggling with poor EF skills. 

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Jacqueline Levine

Coordinator of Regional Literacy and Teacher Center Services, PNW BOCES
Jackie Levine is the Regional Coordinator of Literacy and Teacher Center Services for PNW BOCES. As a teacher for ten years in grades K - 5, Jackie provided professional development to colleagues in instructional technology and literacy, including guided reading, writing workshop... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Session Level All