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A Student-Driven Approach to Support Executive Skills: Empower Youth to Take Control of Their Own Learning

Margaret Dawson, EdD, NCSP
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Jul 09, 2021
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The large-scale shift from in-person learning to remote and hybrid learning during the pandemic revealed the critical role executive skills play in supporting learning in students of all ages.  

As students return to classrooms this fall, teachers and other school-based professionals have an opportunity to empower students to take control of their own learning through a focus on executive skills.  

Join Dr. Dawson as she teaches you a student-driven approach that engages students in a discussion about their learning, what they learned from remote and hybrid learning, and how to incorporate their input in a curriculum that teaches them how to:   

  • Assess their own executive skill strengths and challenges   
  • Identify barriers to effective learning and overcome those barriers   
  • Troubleshoot when strategies don’t work   
  • Set goals that are personal, meaningful, and attainable   

Students will be in greater control of their learning and teachers will be satisfied in seeing movement toward self-management and self-determination in the students they work with!  



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Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP, is a school psychologist and for over 20 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She is co-author of the bestselling books on executive dysfunction, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: 2nd Edition (Guilford, 2010), Smart but Scattered (Guilford, 2009) and Smart but Scattered Teens (Guilford, 2013).

Peg is a past editor of Communiqué, the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including retention, ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interviews in the assessment process, and homework.

Peg has many years of organizational experience at the state, national and international levels and served in many capacities, including president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International School Psychology Association.She has also participated in many of NASP’s leadership initiatives, including the Futures Conference and the development of both the second and third Blueprint for the Training and Practice of School Psychology. She is the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Peg received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson has an employment relationship with Seacoast Mental Health Center. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Dawson is a published author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Engage students in a discussion about what they learned from remote and hybrid learning and how to make in-person learning more effective. 
  2. Use tools to assess student executive skill strengths and challenges.
  3. Design a curriculum to teach students about executive skills that includes 1) identifying their own executive strengths and challenges; 2) recognizing barriers that impede effective deployment of executive skills; 3) generating effective strategies for overcoming those barriers; and 4) setting learning and performance goals that are student-driven. 


Student Voices 
How schooling and learning works best for them 
What they learned from remote and hybrid learning 

Use Student Input to Meet their Needs  
Ways to engage students in a discussion about their learning 
How to make in-person learning more effective  
Best ways to structure classrooms and schooling 

Curriculum to Teach Students About Executive Function Skills 
Tools to assess student executive skill strengths and challenges 
Barriers that impede effective deployment 
Promote student self-management and self-determination 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

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