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Executive Function and Creating Effective Learning Assessments

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

This course is designed to teach participants the importance of metacognition, provide background knowledge of the core executive function processes, and help apply their knowledge of executive function processes to help students better understand themselves as learners.  Participants will learn how executive functioning skills are the cognitive powers that help develop good habits which leads to effective school and life management.   

The course will also look at the process of how to create effective assessments.  Assessments are essential to the learning process, as evidenced in that assessments inform the instructor on the effectiveness of their instruction, as well as they provide a way to measure students' mastery of the course's educational learning targets. The course will explore how to identify course goals for assessment, determine test structure and design, write effective questions, and apply a variety of testing methods to differentiate testing methods. 

 Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice of executive function skill development and developing quality assessments (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective differentiating strategies in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current executive function instructional practices in order to create engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications of executive function models in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To explore research-proven methods of quality assessment creation and classroom application (NBTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. To synthesize best practice executive function instruction research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4)


By Nicola Durband
Reviewed 1 year ago
I highly recommend these courses for any teacher at any level. The information is valuable and the strategies are too many to count! I love having the opportunity to fill my teaching toolbox. Steve is a wonderful instructor who makes his students feel welcome and supported. Thanks Steve!

By Elizabeth Bergschneider
Reviewed 1 year ago
Paul Wright is a great instructor. Great communicator and gives excellent feedback. I was a little sad for this class to end because I truly enjoyed it!

By Megan James
Reviewed 8 months ago
Mary Wolf is a fantastic instructor!

By Zainab Neeley
Reviewed 1 year ago
He paces his classes very well! Appreciate the feedback, it's very effective and quick

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10/21/24 - 11/17/24
Oct 21 - Nov 17, 2024
Zoom Meetings will be on Wednesdays (October 23, 30, November 06, 13, 2024) from 5:00pm - 6:30pm Central Time.