Brown University's Teaching, Research and Impact Program (TRI-Lab) is hosting a Healthy Early Childhood Development Symposium: Flexibility, Self-Control, and Memory: Building Executive Function Skills in Young Children through Practice and Policy. The Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 12:00 pm - to 3:00 pm, at the Providence Marriott (One Orms Street). Lunch will be provided, and participants are eligible for 2.5 hours of professional development credits, approved by the Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals.
Executive functions enable children to pay attention, follow instructions, apply what they've learned, think of creative uses for things, follow social norms, and have those "aha!" moments where they grasp how multiple facts interrelate, and much, much more.
The keynote speaker will be Adele Diamond, Ph.D., a renowned developmental cognitive neuroscientist and expert on the development of executive functions in young children. The symposium will also feature a panel discussion with Rhode Island leaders and practitioners discussing ongoing local efforts to enhance executive function skills among RI children through new programs and policies.