Over three hundred people attended our School Readiness Symposium "Mind in the Making: Executive Function in Action" featuringEllen Galinsky, Director of the Families Work Institute and author of “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” on December 11, 2014 at Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD.
The symposium focused on how we can keep the spark for learning strong in our children’s eyes, hearts and minds. This is, of course, what every parent and educator wants for their little learners. Foremost in this endeavor is cultivating the Executive Function Skills in our children – these skills are essential for school readiness and success.
What are Executive Function Skills? Ellen Galinsky defines them as:
- Focus – being able to pay attention
- Working Memory – being able to keep information in mind in order to use it
- Cognitive Flexibility – being able to adjust to shifting needs and demands
- Inhibitory Control – being able to resist the temptation to go on automatic and do what we need to do to achieve our goals
As children grow older, these skills include reflecting, analyzing, planning and evaluating.
The seven skills that Ellen Galinsky identifies that can help children (and adults) thrive are:
- Focus and Self Control
- Perspective Taking
- Making Connections
- Critical Thinking
- Taking On Challenges
- Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
Please see the Symposium Archive section of our website for some of the presentations of the day.