San Diego Course #12 – Executive Function: Reading, Writing & Math


Friday- May 4, 2018

Course #12  – The Role of Executive Functions in Reading, Writing and Math: Assessment and Intervention Strategies

by George McCloskey, PhD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

About the Speaker
George McCloskey, PhD, is a Professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  He frequently presents at international, national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics. Based on 20 years of research and experience working with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive functions that can be used to assess executive function strengths and difficulties and guide intervention efforts. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.  Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 10 of the book, Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners.  He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) from Schoolhouse Press.  Disclosure: Financial- George is employed by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and he receives royalties for his books from Taylor and Francis, Wiley and Schoolhouse Press. Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend)General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Reading Specialists, School Psychologists, ELL Teachers, Math Teachers, Principals/Administrators, Private Tutors, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Course Description: This course will describe executive functions and discuss how they are involved in learning and classroom production.  Special emphasis will be placed on how executive functions are involved in learning to read, write and quantify and how executive functions are used when applying reading, writing and math skills in a productive manner.  The role of motivation in learning will be addressed as well as the interplay between motivation and executive functions.  Reading, writing and math difficulties related to executive function deficits will be discussed in detail.  Interventions for helping students improve their use of executive functions when engaged with reading, writing, and/or quantifying will be discussed.  Techniques for increasing students’ motivation for full engagement in intervention efforts also will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on intervention techniques that can be used with struggling students to help them overcome executive function difficulties and improve academic proficiency.

What You Will Learn
Course Objectives
– Participants will be able to:

  • Define executive functions and describe how executive functions are involved in classroom production
  • Explain the role of executive functions in the act of reading and the impact of executive function difficulties on the act of reading
  • Explain the role of executive functions in the act of writing and the impact of executive function difficulties on the act of writing
  • Explain the role of executive functions in the acts of calculating and mathematical problem-solving and the impact of executive function difficulties on calculating and problem-solving
  • Describe how motivation impacts intervention efforts and how to motivate students to engage in motivation efforts
  • Demonstrate how to apply assessment techniques to determine the extent to which executive function difficulties are impacting reading, writing and/or math proficiency
  • Demonstrate how to apply instructional techniques that address reading, writing and/or quantifying problems related to executive function difficulties