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Promoting Success in Learning: Supporting Self-Regulation, Understanding and Building Executive Functioning Skills in Students

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Facilitator(s): Stephanie McConnell
Date:May 14, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-MH-287

Target Audience

Grades K-6 Teachers, School Administrators, Counselors and Educational Psychologists, Educational Assistants and anyone who supports the mental health of children in schools

About this learning opportunity

Self regulation refers to how efficiently and effectively a child deals with a stressor and then recovers. The goal is to create “calm, alert, learning”. The ability to self-regulate, so to be calmly focused and alert, greatly impacts how well students do in school and later in life.

During this portion of the day, you will:

  • Learn about why self regulation is as important as learning ABCs or 123s
  • Learn how self regulation skills develop and the processes that influence this skill
  • Identify how self regulation influences your student’s learning
  • Review the signs of self regulation difficulties
  • Learn tips on how to use positive communication skills with students
  • Build strategies to enhance self regulation

Executive function skills are mental processes that we use every day to engage in purposeful behavior such as following directions and remembering information. Deficits in executive functioning effect student’s ability to learn.

During this portion of the day, you will:

  • Learn about the ways that executive function skills are important for success in school and in life
  • Identify the warning signs of executive function difficulties
  • Explore the core executive functions of inhibition, working memory, and mental flexibility and how this impacts students in the classroom
  • Build strategies to support students with executive functioning difficulties

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Stephanie McConnell is an Educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth, & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. Stephanie is a Registered Nurse who has dedicated her career to mental health. Stephanie has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator on the child and adolescent inpatient units, as well as in the children’s mental health emergency department; she has also spent time teaching for the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Stephanie currently provides both professional development and caregiver education sessions with the aim to increase awareness and understanding of mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Stephanie is here to share her knowledge and experience with the intention of promoting positive mental health in children, adolescents, and families.

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