Reading in the Rockies 2021 – Saturday Program



Saturday, October 9th


Saturday, October 10, 2021 – Day Two

(Please note that session times may vary slightly from what is posted below, but will begin at 8am and go to no later than 4pm.)

Registration & Continental Breakfast – 7:00 to 8:00 am

Welcome Remarks – 8:00 to 8:10 am

Saturday Opening Session

8:10 to 9:30 am

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Beyond “Lazy and Unmotivated” – Why Parents and Teachers Need to Know about Executive Skills, Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D.

When the conversation turns to executive skills, teachers and parents often say, “We didn’t know anything about these when we were growing up—and we turned out just fine.” In this keynote, Dr. Dawson confronts that sentiment head on. The co-author of Smart but Scattered and other books on executive skills explains the executive skills framework she’s been working with for almost 30 years—why it’s a better way to describe struggling students than calling them lazy or unmotivated, and why the more parents and teachers understand about these skills, the better they’ll be able to help students strengthen these important habits of mind. She will paint a picture of the strategies she sees as holding the most promise for helping students of all ages develop, tune up, and master these critical life skills.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore – 9:30 am to 9:50 am

Saturday Morning Session

9:50 to 11:20 am

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Practical Strategies for Promoting Executive Skill Development in the Classroom

This workshop will provide an overview of a variety of intervention strategies to promote executive skill development in secondary school students. An array of strategies for each of the 11 executive skills in the Smart but Scattered model will be described, with both primary and secondary examples.

Lunch – 11:25 am to 12:25 pm – Visit Bookstore and Exhibitors

Saturday Afternoon Session

12:25 to 1:55 pm

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Embedding Executive Skills into Classroom Lessons and Daily Routines

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions for incorporating executive skills into everyday classroom lessons and activities. Participants will learn how to: 1) connect classroom behavior to specific executive skills; 2) create classroom routines to help students with weak executive skills and to foster executive skill development in all students; 3) embed executive skills into lessons for whatever subject matter they are teaching; and 4) engage students in a problem-solving process to address both class-wide and individual issues associated with executive skill challenges.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Bookstore – 1:55 to 2:05 pm

Saturday Afternoon – 2nd Session

2:05 to 3:35 pm

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Self-Regulated Learners: Helping Kids Grow Their Own Executive Skills

When adults have great executive skills themselves, they run the risk of doing things for kids rather than helping them learn to do for themselves. This workshop will talk about ways adults, particularly parents, can take steps to go from being their children’s frontal lobes to gently encouraging children to grow their own executive skills.


Please join us after your final session to fill out a brief survey and receive your one or two-day certificate of attendance.

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Thank you all for making this a wonderful 2021 conference!