Executive Function: Why It Matters for School Readiness and Academic Success

Featuring Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.
The Director of Research at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Carlson is a leading researcher on the development of executive function in children. Executive function refers to a set of higher level cognitive skills needed to plan and problem-solve. These skills include the ability to keep information in mind, pay attention and think from multiple points of view.

In her talk, Dr. Carlson explored how executive function is closely linked to school readiness, academic achievement and social well-being, as well as touched on strategies that educators and parents can use to improve these critical skills in young children and adolescents.