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Executive Function Skills

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The development of executive function skills is a key part of the Benchmark experience.

Building executive function skills—such as how to plan, how to organize, how to keep focus, how to be persistent, and how to regulate emotions—has been a core part of our Benchmark Approach from the time of our founding.

Executive function skill development and self-regulation coaching begins when students first enter Benchmark, and is taught in a spiral with increasingly more sophisticated tasks, texts, and environmental factors as the student’s awareness and control evolve.

Effective self-regulation is the goal. 

Executive Function Skills: The Foundation of School Success

Successful students need a constellation of strong executive function skills to learn well. That’s why we infuse our classroom experiences with both foundational and advanced executive function skills.

Through explicit instruction and continual work on these executive function skills throughout their time at Benchmark, students learn the tools and strategies needed to achieve self-regulation. 

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Foundational  Skills

  • Response Inhibition
  • Working Memory
  • Emotional Control
  • Flexibility
  • Sustained Attention
  • Task Initiation

Advanced Skills

  • Planning/Prioritizing
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Goal-Directed Persistence
  • Metacognition

Executive Function Skills