Professional Development

Executive Function in the Classroom Series

This series provides educators with a combination of theoretical approaches and practical strategies for supporting students with executive function challenges. Each workshop includes interactive practice and take-home templates that will empower you to guide your students in regulating their behaviour and emotions, reflecting on their thinking processes, and learning strategies that enable them to succeed at school and in life.

Level 1. Introduction to Executive Function in the Classroom

Did you ever wonder how to help the student who rarely completes homework, does everything at the last minute, and does not seem to be working at their intellectual level? Contrary to common belief, students with executive function challenges do not choose to behave this way. Rather, “Kids do well if they can” (Greene, 2009), and it is our responsibility as educators to find out what is in the way and show them how to get past it. This workshop will delve into what lays behind executive function (EF) challenges and what you can do to help students change these patterns. Theory, strategies, templates, and assessments will be presented using an interactive approach.

FORMAT: One-Day Online Workshop via ZOOM
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: October 23, 2020 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; February 27, 2021 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHO: This course is intended for practicing educators such as teachers and tutors.
PREREQUESITES: A Bachelor’s Degree, Experience in the field of education
COST: $225.00 on Provincial Pro-D; $285 regular; $250 Early bird if registered 2 months prior.

APPLY NOWApplication deadline is one-week prior to start date.

Level 2. Executive Function: Promoting Self-awareness in the Classroom

Do you ever wonder why your students talk before they think, make the same mistakes over and over, or make poor social choices? Many students lack the ability to regulate these behaviours largely because of challenges with the executive function areas of self awareness and self-reflection. Self-awareness is a crucial skill for managing oneself in the world as it relates to thinking, learning, feeling and behaving. This workshop provides theory and practical strategies for helping students achieve greater self-awareness so that they can address these EF challenges and become more effective, confident learners. Theory, strategies, templates, and assessments will be presented using an interactive approach.

FORMAT: One-Day Online Workshop via ZOOM
Upcoming Workshops: April 17, 2021 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHO: This course is intended for practicing educators such as teachers and tutors.
PREREQUESITES: Level 1 EF Workshop
COST: $285 regular; $250 Early bird if registered 2 months before.

APPLY NOWApplication deadline is one-week prior to start date.

About the Instructor

Jo Stebbings, MA
Director, Program Development

Jo Stebbings is currently the Director of Program Development at FAx. A Learning Specialist for 20 years, and former Director of Learning Services, she has a Masters in Leadership, and is a Certified Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Therapist, and OG Tutor Associate. Ms. Stebbings is the co-creator of Fraser Academy’s school-wide executive functioning (EF) curriculum and has presented on EF at the Westcoast Executive Functioning Conference in California and the ResearchILD’s Learning Differences Conference at Harvard Graduate School.

About the Instructor

Erin Kline, M.Ed, MBA
Executive Director, FAx

Erin Kline is the Executive Director of FAx (Fraser Academy’s Outreach Center) and worked at Fraser Academy in a variety of teaching and leadership roles since 2004. She is a curriculum development specialist and certified OG instructor. She has presented at a variety of national and international conferences on differentiation and personalized learning.