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Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

When adults support development of teens’ executive function skills during the critical years of adolescence, it can have a lifelong impact.

April 2, 2021

The teenage years, when students start to juggle priorities and manage workloads from multiple teachers, are critical for the development of executive function—a set of skills that help us organize, prioritize, focus, and exercise self-control in order to be productive and accomplish tasks. These skills have been shown to be strong indicators of success in school and in life. 

Over the years, an extensive body of research has surfaced actionable ways to develop these skills; listed below are links to the studies cited in the video. 

To learn more about these strategies and the research behind them, see “8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens.”

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