Executive Function: What It Is and Why It Matters

with Dr. Mark Bertin

Mindful Schools LIVE ONLINE Workshop:
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 5:00pm – 6:30pm PDT

This 90-minute event format is designed to give parents and educators access to experts, take a deeper dive into leading-edge topics in Mindfulness in Education, and provide high-impact learning and practice experiences. Join us!

About This LIVE Workshop

One of the newest discoveries in child development is the importance of executive function (EF), a set of cognitive abilities responsible for self-monitoring, life management, and emotional regulation. EF is also critical for social development, family relationships, and academic success. EF gradually matures as a development path, so recognizing how these skills develop can guide both parents and teachers through the years.

While many parents and providers are familiar with executive function as it relates to ADHD, familiarity with EF supports all children in numerous practical ways. Understanding executive function relates to everything from decision-making around classroom routines, technology, and discipline, to understand the impact of ADHD – and the benefits of mindfulness. This workshop includes a review of current research on executive function.

Parents and educators will learn practical strategies and choices – from infancy through young adulthood – to foster resilience and set children up to thrive. Join us!

  • How to recognize the vital importance of executive function in supporting social, emotional and academic well-being
  • What decisions adults can make that support the growth of executive function through childhood
  • How executive function relates to both the concept of mindfulness – and ADHD

Meet Our Presenter

Dr. Mark Bertin is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids, Mindful Parenting for ADHD, and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.


This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis in an effort to create access for as many educators as possible. Register here.

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Workshop FAQs

How do I join the LIVE event? When you register, you will receive call-in instructions to join the video conference call.

What if I can’t make the LIVE event? If you’re unable to attend the live event, you may still register to access the recording and resources 2 days after the event.

Can I receive professional credits? Educators can qualify for 1 graduate-level credit for educators. In order to apply, you must log an additional 14 hours of work relevant to this topic and submit to our crediting vendor, Courses 4 Teachers. More information about this process can be found here.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • In order to receive a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. Refunds will not be granted after this time.
  • If you need to cancel and request a refund, please contact support@mindfulschools.org.
  • If you have paid for the event and were unable to attend the live workshop, you will receive access to the recording as well as any supporting resources.

About Mindful Schools

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