Building Better Programs

Executive Function News – April 2015

Using Executive Function Principles to Build More Effective Employment and Human Service Programs

In This April 2015 Issue

Why Focus on Executive Function Skills for Adults?
Webinar Series


Over the last year, we have made significant progress in identifying ways in which human service programs can use executive function principles to build better programs.  Our plan is to use this monthly newsletter to share what we have learned with you.  Here is what you can expect in future newsletters:

  • Details on upcoming webinars (see below for the first webinar on May 20, 2015)
  • Information on key executive function principles and how they can be used to design and deliver employment and other human services in new ways
  • Tools that you can use to integrate executive function principles into your programs
  • Links to additional resources

Why Focus on Executive Function Skills for Adults?

The impetus for this work comes from Frontiers of Innovation, a project of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University that posits that building adult capabilities is an important strategy for achieving “breakthrough outcomes” for children (but is also relevant for adults without children).   This 5-minute video describes their theory of change.   As its name implies, a key feature of the work of Frontiers of Innovation is to encourage human service programs to think outside the box and come up with new ideas that will produce better short and long-term outcomes.  Our hope is that by providing a forum for sharing new information and innovative ideas, we can contribute to that endeavor.

Webinar Series

Adult Executive Functions:  What They Are and Why They Matter
Presenter:  Silvia Bunge, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Date:  May 20, 2015
Time1:30 to 2:30 PM (EDT)

On May 20th, we will launch a monthly webinar series that will provide human service professionals an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and program administrators that are using executive function principles in their work.  In the first webinar, Silvia Bunge, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Director of the Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, will provide an overview of the science behind executive functions with an explicit focus on adults.  Silvia is a leading neuroscientist who excels at making technical information accessible and relevant to practitioners.

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