What is success? For schoolchildren, academic achievement is typically the measure of success. Each student’s accomplishment is summarized in test scores. Hence, a great deal of energy, effort, and funding seem to go towards making test scores soar. More broadly, however, success includes life achievements, health, prosperity, and happiness. Research shows these attainments depend on strong executive function. The importance of executive function holds during the school years and beyond, impacting accomplishments such as career advancement, social relationships, marital harmony, and other indicators of quality of life.
Yet, when we move our focus to executive function, we find children are vulnerable. Stress, particularly chronic stress, interferes with their development. Even when they do develop, stress disrupts their overall functioning. How, then, can we nurture and support executive function? Children are social and emotional beings well before they are subjected to academic instruction. Social-emotional learning comes first, and a social-emotional strain is a significant source of stress. To optimize academic learning, it is essential to promote the development and application of executive function. Optimizing executive function means building our children’s social-emotional competence: the wind beneath their wings.
Join Sucheta Kamath, CEO & Founder of ExQ, for a webinar and her collaborator, Dr. Debra Krodman-Collins, psychologist and co-author of the S.T.O.P. and Relax© yoga-based self-calming curriculum for a discussion showing how all learning is social-emotional, requiring effortful skill building.
Join us and learn how to:
- Help students identify and regulate their emotional responses.
- Engage and teach students who demonstrate challenging behaviors including unpleasantness, resistance, or noncompliance.
- Equip students to self-reflect and actively self-regulate.
- Promote student success using the lens of social-emotional learning.