Our mission is to end the pain caused by poor executive functioning skills. One person at a time, we have been improving lives. That is wonderful, but we need to reach more people, faster. So Marydee is following her heart and focusing her efforts on schools.
In January she took the first “big” step by working with the Hillsboro School District here in Oregon. She provided a condensed version of the Teaching the Seeing My Time Program to over 170 teachers and credentialed staff who work under the umbrella of student services/special education.
Her presentation was very well received. It inspired many to immediately take action to become leaders in their schools. They realized that knowledge about executive functions must reach the general education teachers in their buildings. Seeds have been planted to instigate change at the individual teacher level, from the ground up. The goal is to have all teachers able to use the Seeing My Time® curriculum to develop their student’s critical EF skills.
One speech pathologist has already jumped in and is teaching a class of fifth/sixth graders using Seeing My Time workbooks. The classroom teacher is learning with her students. This enthusiastic speech path reports that teaching SMT is the favorite part of her week. The kids are engaged and so is she.
Marydee is reaching a core of general education teachers and counselors at one Hillsboro middle school who requested an after school section of her training course. The teachers are enrolled to receive continuing education credits through Portland State University. Contact us if you’d like to set up a live-webinar class at your school.
We dream big at EFS. Marydee is hard at work on additional professional development options for schools. Stay tuned!
Marydee Sklar is the president of Executive Functioning Success and the creator of the Seeing My Time Program®. She is an educator and author of three books on executive functions, as well as a trainer and speaker. Marydee has more than twenty-five years of experience working with students and adults with executive function challenges.