Resources For Educators

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Engaging Minds is pleased to offer a variety of workshops for educators, parents, and students. A certified PDP provider with the state of Massachusetts, Engaging Minds has extensive experience training, educating and engaging audience members. All offerings are run in a workshop-style format, engaging participants in case studies and interactive exercises throughout.

Traditionally, we offer workshops in either 90 minute or half day formats, with the latter allowing for more time for case studies, interactive exercises and collaboration. In addition, we also run workshop series in which we deliver several workshops over a multi-day or multi-week schedule.

All workshops can be tailored to the specific needs of the audience based on allocated time, interests and learning objectives. All workshops can also be combined to meet the needs of a specific audience.


Professional Development Workshops

Executive Function Boot Camp: Creating Successful Students

What is Executive Function? This workshop seeks to demystify the term “executive function” and explain why these skills are an increasingly important aspect of every child’s education, especially in today’s ever-changing world and academic landscape. Workshop facilitators will provide a broad overview of the various components of executive function including definitions and symptomatology, and provide actionable tips and strategies that parents can begin to employ at home immediately. Participants will leave not only with a deeper level of understanding of executive function, but also with some concrete interventions to implement for each of the critical executive function domains.

Optional addition to the workshop:

Presenters will take a deeper-dive on three key executive function skills: organization (of materials and ideas), planning and time management, and task initiation. With the use of case-studies, workshop participants will work in small groups to apply their learning to real scenarios.

Strategies for Creating Successful Students

This workshop will demystify the term “executive function” and explain why these skills are an increasingly important aspect of every child’s education, especially in today’s ever-changing world and academic landscape. Workshop facilitators will provide a broad overview of the various components of executive function including definitions and symptomatology, and provide actionable tips and strategies that parents can begin to employ at home immediately. The presenters will take a deep-dive on three key executive function skills: organization (of materials and ideas), planning and time management, and task initiation. With the use of case-studies, workshop participants will work in small groups to apply their learning to real scenarios.

Beat Procrastination!

This workshop seeks to understand the all too common practice of procrastination, and offers academic interventions to help mitigate this stress-inducing habit. We begin by examining the research on procrastination, including the profile of procrastinators, myths vs. realities surrounding this topic, and the various consequences of procrastination (academic, social/emotional, behavioral). Executive function skills are offered as a means of curbing the tendency to avoid. In particular, the workshop outlines specific, practical strategies for student support in regard to organization, planning and time management and task initiation skills.

Reducing Academic Stress

Research shows that teenagers are now the most stressed out demographic in the United States. Why are teens so stressed out? What factors contribute to this current state of affairs? And what can be done to mitigate these feelings of stress? Executive function skills are presented as a means of helping students regain control over their academics, schedule and daily life. The workshop walks through several executive function domains, and offers specific, practical interventions to try with students to help reduce academic stress.

Get Organized!

This workshop takes a deep dive into best practices of supporting student organization. The content is divided into two subcategories: physical organization strategies (for binders, lockers, homework, etc.) and strategies that support the organization of ideas (pre-writing thinking, note-taking, etc.) Workshop facilitators highlight the importance of both kinds of organization in ensuring student success, and offer strategies to help students get organized.

Planning and Time Management

Sick of dealing with “last minute Nancy’s”? This workshop tackles the various facets of how to teach planning and time management skills in effective, explicit ways. Workshop facilitators will offer numerous strategies to help your students build better routines and habits. Among other suggestions, facilitators will emphasize the importance of modeling, prioritization, visual tools, digital resources, pre-planned schedules and reflective questioning.

Task Initiation

For any number of reasons, many students find it difficult to get started on homework, studying, and long-term projects. Further, many students end up getting “stuck” during certain assignments. Combating task initiation challenges requires educators to assume a detective mentality to diagnosis the source of the problem. This workshop helps participants figure out what questions to ask when it comes to digging to the bottom of task initiation weaknesses. From there, workshop facilitators will offer an array of interventions to try with struggling learners.

Please contact us at info@engagingmindsonline.com if you'd like to learn more!

 



Job Opportunities

Engaging Minds is seeking tutors to work with students in grades 2-12, one-on-one after school.

Engaging Minds offers a unique approach to traditional tutoring: in addition to providing support in writing, reading comprehension, and problem-solving, we focus on teaching the increasingly important executive function skills (organization, prioritization, initiation of tasks, time management, goal-setting, planning) and guide students to become independent and self-confident learners. Engaging Minds is skills-based rather than a subject-based tutoring program.

General information:
  • NO travel! All instruction takes place at our facility in Newton or Natick in one of our study rooms.
  • Engaging Minds takes care of enrolling students, managing your schedule, billing and payroll. You get to focus on teaching – we take care of the rest!
  • Scheduling is flexible around your availability and provides for opportunities to tutor one or more students.
  • Training is provided, as well as ongoing opportunities for professional development.
  • After training, there is no prep-work for sessions necessary.
  • All materials and resources are provided and are easily accessible.
  • We match tutors with students carefully to match learning style and appropriate grade level.
  • Sessions are 55 minutes and include a brief, structured follow-up note to parents.
  • Compensation: TBD
Preferred qualifications:
  • Special Education experience
  • Master's degree in education
  • Earning a Master's degree in education
  • Classroom teachers
  • Assistant Teachers
  • Reading and writing specialists
  • School counselors
  • Speech and Language background
To apply:

We look forward to working with you!

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