Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan
2019-20 Professional Development for All Series
Executive Function and Self-Regulation, Third Institute
Join early childhood experts to explore ways to foster executive function and social-emotional skills in young children, birth through age 8.
Registration is now open for the third institute in the 2019-20 Professional Development for All (PD for All) series, set for Saturday, March 14, in Omaha.
This institute, like those held in November and January, will focus on executive function and self-regulation, and will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. This date was added after the institute scheduled for January 18 was canceled due to inclement weather. This Saturday institute provides another learning opportunity for early childhood professionals.
Social-emotional well-being and executive functioning skills, which include initiative, problem-solving, and self-control, are critical features of early childhood development that contribute to later success in school. In this institute, the keynote and featured breakout sessions will focus on tools and strategies to support children in developing effective cognitive regulation skills. The essential role of collaboration and communication between professional colleagues and families will also be explored. When caring adults work together to focus on skills such as working memory and the ability to follow directions, children become better able to manage their behavior and emotions, and negotiate the transitions necessary in school and in life.
PD for All is a groundbreaking series of free professional development experiences open to all early childhood professionals who serve young children, birth through Grade 3, in the Omaha metro area. The series is made possible by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and introduces leading-edge research and innovative practices that can make a difference in the lives of young children and families.
Dr. Jolene Johnson is an assistant professor and the associate director of education at the Interdisciplinary Center of Program Evaluation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She leads the Mindfulness and Mastery project across 13 Educare sites in Nebraska and seven other states. Her research focuses on how interventions and processes affect student outcomes, as well as the impact of executive functioning on other areas of development.
- Creating a Strong Foundation for Executive Function (birth through age 3)
- Building Brains and Strengthening Relationships Using Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga (birth through age 5)
- Building the Brain: Supporting Improved Executive Function Skills (ages 3-8)
Date & Location
Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salvation Army Kroc Center
2825 Y Street
Omaha, NE 68107