Let's focus: Developing Executive Function from Kindergarten through High School


Let's focus: Developing Executive Function from Kindergarten through High School


Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 60 minutes (50 minutes lecture & 10 minutes Q & A)


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How do educators reach students who cannot focus in the classroom?

Educators often think the ability to focus is related to motivation, that when a student “wants to listen,” she will.

Educational scientists now understand attention is not a desire, but a skill: it is a self-regulatory “executive function,” related to goal-setting, organization, planning, and short-term memory.

Join Dr. Martha Burns to learn more about executive functions, how teachers can build these skills through classroom activities, and how to augment student skills with technology when necessary.


About our speaker:

Dr. Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University.

Dr. Burns has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.