Executive Function: Strategies for Student Success in Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Jun 18, 2024 9:00AM—4:00PM


Turning Point School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until May 21) $875 members; $740 group-rate 3+; $1,390 non-members

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Executive Funcitioning workshop with CATDC


Are your students struggling with organizing their materials, time management, completing homework, planning long-term assignments, or navigating their work digitally? Have you noticed more and more students having difficulty sustaining their attention or exhibiting impulse control during classroom instruction? These are just some of the Executive Function (EF) skills necessary to be a successful Middle School student.

In this interactive 1-day workshop, learn how to define the different EF skills and understand their impact on the brain's ability to be in an optimal state for learning. Discover why it is important to add the teaching of EF skills along with your academic curriculum. Discuss and develop a scope and sequence for frontloading the explicit instruction of these skills during the first few months of school. Leave with specific strategies and tools to increase student attention and engagement in your classroom activities, while supporting the development of emotional regulation, impulse control, time management, organizational skills, working memory, and problem solving. 


Participants will:

  • Learn specific strategies and tools to support the development of EF skills in their students
  • Understand how to differentiate instruction to build stronger EF skills, while supporting weaker skills as the school year progresses
  • Discover ways to be more intentional when physically setting up their classroom spaces to start out the school year


Lindsay Astor Grant, CATDC Facilitator

Lindsay Astor Grant is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Learning Redesigned. She earned her M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and has advanced training in Sensory Integration, Executive Function, Motor Skill Development, and Classroom Design. Lindsay has more than two decades of experience in the field. She began her career as an OT for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including 2 years as a Supervising Therapist for the District’s Occupational and Physical Therapy Department. In 2007, she started Children First Therapy, providing private in home and school-based occupational therapy services. In 2018, Lindsay founded Learning Redesigned, working as an independent consultant for schools. She leads professional development workshops, provides educator coaching, and speaks at parent education seminars on topics including Executive Function, Sensory Integration, Classroom Layout and Design, Movement-Based Learning, and Motor Development. Lindsay has been a guest speaker at USC, UCLA, National Childhood Education Conferences, professional child development courses, and early childhood, elementary, and middle schools throughout Los Angeles and across the country. Lindsay lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two active and imaginative daughters, ages 12 and 10 years old.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with Turning Point School on this Summer Institute, welcoming the larger independent school community on their campus for a day of learning and collaboration.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.