Executive Functioning: Empowering Children for Learning and Growth

Learn about the structure and function of children's brains, and how you can support and improve the necessary skills to increase students' ability to learn

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The goal for educators is to facilitate learning and growth for their students-- but often numerous obstacles stand in the way, including a child's ability to learn.

This workshop provides interventions and strategies for educators that have students who struggle with organization, following directions, or even getting started in a task. An interactive experience, this workshop will take educators through the structure and function of children's brains, illuminating how adults can support and improve the necessary skills to increase students' ability to learn. Participants will learn evidence-based techniques to address common obstacles to learning, doing so from a perspective that fully integrates the needs of the whole child-- cognitive, social, and emotional.

About the Instructor

Michele Lansing Palter, AM, MS Ed, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with master’s degrees in education and social work. She has worked in schools for over 10 years, specializing in child and adolescent mental health and its intersection in education, as well as relationship-centered treatment for trauma. Michele has served as a child, adult, and family therapist, as well as a consultant for schools, seeking to support students, their families, and teachers in cultivating stronger and healthier relationships. Currently, she directs Connect, JPA’s consultation and training program for teachers, administrators, and social workers, oversees JPA’s internship program, and maintains a clinical practice at JPA.


This workshop will help participants:

  • explore and understand executive functioning's role in learning 
  • identify ways they can support children in executive functioning
  • practice application of this knowledge in context of their work

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