PRESS RELEASE: March 25, 2024

In a historic move, the Georgia House of Representatives has adopted a groundbreaking resolution, HR 1555, officially recognizing Executive Function Day at the Georgia State Capitol.

Executive Function Day in Georgia

This momentous occasion marks the first time such recognition has been granted, underscoring the significance of Executive Function, the cognitive and affective skills essential for students, and learners of all ages, to succeed in everyday life.

Executive Function is a set of mental skills that allow people to persist to achieve goals and are the capabilities needed for managing tasks, solving problems, and regulating emotions, especially during times of stress, uncertainty, or change. Executive Function is linked to academic skills including reading, math and science, and includes abilities such as focus, planning, organization, time management, self-control, mental flexibility, perspective taking, collaboration, and empathy. While often overlooked in educational curriculum and professional development, these teachable skills play a fundamental role in achieving success in school, work, community, and personal endeavors.

The adoption of HR 1555 not only acknowledges the importance of Executive Function but also serves as a call to action for increased awareness and support for teaching all students these vital skills. By designating a day to honor Executive Function, Georgia is taking a proactive step towards fostering a culture of understanding and empowerment for all citizens, bringing together school leaders, teachers, mental health experts, researchers, policymakers, and change makers to address specific topics connected to Executive Function. Recognizing Executive Function Day highlights the interconnectedness of cognitive skills, mental health and overall well-being. In a world where the demands of daily life continue to grow, nurturing and explicitly teaching Executive Function abilities is essential for helping people navigate challenges and pursue goals effectively.

The support for this resolution in the Georgia House of Representatives reflects a bipartisan commitment to promoting Executive Function skills including support for the role of Executive Function in teaching reading comprehension, literacy, math, and science. It sends a powerful message that investing in the cognitive skills of individuals of all ages is an investment in the future prosperity of Georgia.

“We’re advocating for a transformational change in the way we address systemic educational issues such as learning loss, the mental health crisis, and increasing behavioral issues. In addition to reactive programs for those with diagnosed dysfunction, imagine the possibilities when we invest in proactive Executive Function training to teach ALL of our students the underlying Executive Function skills they need to build resiliency,” shared Sucheta Kamath, Executive Function Specialist.

“There is also strong evidence showing that explicitly teaching students Executive Function skills improves learning capacity and reduces the lifelong consequences of mental health illness. We can teach students these much needed skills such as focus and cognitive strategies for effectively controlling their behaviors, to improve outcomes and wellness. Strengthening our students’ Executive Function skills is proactive and preventative. It should be viewed as a critical component of the continuum of lifelong learning, literacy, mental healthcare and wellness in our schools, homes, and communities.”

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About Sucheta Kamath: Sucheta Kamath, an ed-tech entrepreneur, is an internationally known Executive Function Specialist, the Founder and CEO of ExQ®, a two-time TEDx speaker, an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a Podcast Host of Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function, and a Professor of Practice at the Amrita University in India where she teaches a graduate level course on “Impact of Executive Function Over the Lifespan.” Learn more about Sucheta Kamath here.