Career Clusters â„¢ Institute Blog Series: The New IQ

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that will be shared at the upcoming Career Clusters â„¢ Institute. Guest bloggers are among teachers, faculty, researchers and other experts that will present at the national gathering in Washington, DC in June.

Shauna King, M.Ed., is passionate about working with today’s teachers to help keep their skills sharp and their students at the top of their learning game. King is currently a graduate course instructor with The Regional Training Center. She has worked in various roles in public and non-public school settings, including principal, program and intervention specialist, peer mediation teacher and classroom teacher. Shauna worked as the PBIS coordinator in one of the largest school districts in the state of Maryland and served as a state-level trainer through Maryland PBIS State Leadership Team.

Research has demonstrated that strength in executive-function skills is more important to academic success than IQ. Children with solid executive-function abilities are happier, more resilient and independent, use time wisely, possess excellent social skills, are effective problem solvers, and are more self-aware and socially attuned. More than any other education adults can provide, teaching children executive function skills places them on the most direct path to success and happiness.

The New IQ is a highly-interactive, “learn and do” workshop that highlights brain imaging video, movement and manipulatives to ensure engagement, extended attention, and tactics to deepen memory as methods and approaches to help enhance a student’s executive-function skills.

Participants in this workshop will first learn what constitutes an executive function skill and where these thinking processes happen in the brain. The workshop identifies the “Top 7 Skills for School and Life Success” and provides parents and teachers practical tools for assessing executive-function abilities in their children and students.

Participants will then be introduced to a variety of exercises and techniques to directly teach the Top 7 Skills to children at every developmental level, pre-school through college.

“This is the first time I’ve been to a training and never got bored. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about executive functions skills and I also enjoyed the presenter.”
—Participant at Punahou School District, Honolulu, HI

“Please take this workshop if you can, the information is valuable and can be used and put to practical use immediately and benefit all. Great energy, well presented and funny too.”
—Maria Nickelson, Loudon County Family Services, VA

“Thank you for simplifying the information. It helps with making all the concepts to be meaningful and memorable. I enjoyed learning about how the brain works and the strategies that can be used to help children learn the executive functions.”
—Participant at Alamo

Learn more about what the strength in executive-function skills by attending King’s presentation entitled The New IQ at the 2012 Career Clusters™ Institute.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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