Many gifted learners struggle with executive functioning skills such as organization, time management, flexibility, sustained attention, and task initiation in one way or another. Join Dr. Susan Rakow, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who focuses on guiding gifted children and families through the challenges of giftedness, and discover the neurological basis of executive function skills, as well as strategies for supporting the development of these crucial skills for learning.
In this 2-hour course you will explore:
- The definition of executive function skills
- The role of executive function skills in students’ lives
- How to identify problems with executive functioning
- How to help students improve their executive function skills
This course addresses the following standards:
ODE Competencies: a, d
NAGC Standards: 1.2, 5.5
Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.
After teaching middle school and gifted students for 30 years, Susan worked for ten years as Clinical Associate Professor at Cleveland State University, where she directed the graduate program in gifted education. Susan has presented at state and national conferences around the country and has been a consultant for many of Ohio’s school districts as they strive to improve their gifted programming. She is the author of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide 2nd Ed (Prufrock Press) and Teaching to the Top (NMSA), as well as numerous articles in professional journals. She is currently working on a 3rd edition of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School.
About 6 years ago, Susan earned credentials as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She currently works as a counselor for gifted children and families through Dr. Sylvia Rimm’s Family Achievement Clinic and the Humanistic Counseling Center. She also works at the Menlo Park Academy for Gifted Children where she recently implemented an Executive Function Skills curriculum for grades K-8.
She and her husband raised two gifted children who grew into intelligent, accomplished, loving adults. She also has 4 delightful grandchildren who inspire her continued involvement in education. Susan has a Ph.D. from Kent State University, two master’s degrees from Cleveland State University (counseling and education) and a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo.