An Introduction From the Course Designer

Course curriculum

    1. Getting Started

    2. Finding Your Way

    3. What to Expect

    4. Assessing Learning

    5. Extend & Contextualize

    6. Let's Go!

    1. Meet Your Instructor

    2. Course Goals

    3. Course Flow

    4. Guiding Questions

    5. Course Timings: Planning Your Time

    6. Tool: Your Learning Log

    7. Research References

    1. Introduction to executive function skills

    2. Which executive function skills are critical to school success?

    3. What is your executive function skills profile?

    4. Where in the brain are executive function skills located?

    5. What are the brain processes that impact executive function skill development?

    6. How does the brain change over time?

    7. Learning Log Reflection: What? So What? Now What?

    8. Online Interaction

    1. Five As Protocol

    1. Response Inhibition

    2. Working Memory

    3. Emotional Control

    4. Flexibility

    5. Sustained Attention

    6. Task Initiation

    7. Planning/Prioritizing

    8. Time Management

    9. Organization

    10. Goal-Directed Persistence

    11. Metacognition

    12. Go Deeper : Dropbox Resources

    13. Learning Log Reflection: What? So What? Now What?

    1. Five As Protocol

About this course

  • 54 lessons


Who is this course for?

  • Adults working in international schools

    All adults have a critical role to play to support students in building EF skills.

  • Teaching Faculty

    Teaching faculty such as leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, early career teachers, technicians, teacher librarians, etc.

  • Support Staff

    including school counselors/school psychologists, school social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists.

Learning Outcomes

What will you be able to do upon course completion?

  • Describe the main dimensions of executive function skills, the mental processes for building these skills, and the ways they can help us to navigate daily tasks.

  • Apply age-appropriate ways to strengthen executive functioning in students, from early childhood to adolescence, and adults.

  • Reflect on and reframe strategies for yourself as a teacher, and games, activities, and strategies to support building EF skills for specific tasks for your students, in areas such as improving focus, building working memory, developing self-control, making healthy choices, managing time, setting goals, and prioritizing tasks.

  • Directly impact yourself and your students to build EF skills with intentional and purposeful regular practice.

Impact on Learning

How will this course have a positive impact?

You will leave this course will an expanded tool kit of age-appropriate EF strategies and activities to use in practice to support not only your own students but also yourself. You will have a deeper understanding of the importance of executive function (EF) skills as core mental skills for nurturing independent young people, and for managing stress and life-long wellbeing.

Meet the Course Designer

Dr. Peg Dawson

Renowned psychologist Dr Peg Dawson has over 40 years’ experience in clinical practice and has worked with thousands of children and teenagers struggling at home and in school due to weak executive skills. A former president of the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association, Dr Dawson is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In partnership with her colleague, Dr Richard Guare, Dr Dawson has written numerous books for educators, mental health professionals and parents, including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits.


What are you still wondering?

  • Is this a certified course?

    Yes. Certification is awarded by MiniPD, from Faria Education Group.

  • What do I need to do to gain my certificate?

    You will need to complete all modules, learning activities in practice, and checking for understanding final assessment.

  • What certificate will I receive?

    You will be awarded the Certificate of Completion in 'Building Executive Function Skills in Students'.

  • Can MiniPD courses count towards my continuing education requirements?

    MiniPD is partnering with Kent State University, a R1 university in the United States, to grant graduate credits for completing MiniPD courses. To receive graduate credits, the learner must complete a required number of MiniPD Core or MiniCourses, and submit the completed MiniPD Learning Logs for each course. Details of the credit application process can be found at Please check with your license issuing authorities for details on the number of credits needed for your license renewal.

  • How can I continue learning?

    You will be presented with suggested pathways to support continued learning. These will include carefully designed resources, MiniCourses, and personalized coaching conversations.

  • How can my school leverage the learning and amplify impact?

    We can support you to implement this course in your own school with suggested approaches for interleaved professional development days, professional learning communities, and ongoing job-embedded peer learning structures.

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