Executive Function Curriculum Series, Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

The Educational Services Department at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC) of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, provides EF tutoring to individual students, workshops for Pre-K–12 educators, and school-based training programs to integrate EF skill development into K–12 classrooms.

Student tutoring is fee-based with 50-minute sessions conducted at RNBC. According to its website, RNBC staff professionals will: “assess a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests; review any prior diagnostic testing; evaluate the student’s work samples; develop executive function goals; [and] implement the tutoring plan over the appropriate period of time to achieve the goals” (Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, n.d.). Additional individual services could include consultations with families and school professionals, off-site student observations, Individualized Educational Planning (IEP) support, and record reviews.

RNBC’s day-long workshops invite individual educators across subject areas, as well as administrators and school psychologists, to learn the fundamentals of how to integrate EF skill development into a classroom or an afterschool program. (Continuing Professional Development Units may be available.)

For entire schools interested in implementing EF research-based curriculums through a school-wide adoption, RNBC offers on-site consultation sessions. Each school receives three to four on-site consultations throughout the year during implementation. Teacher trainings are tailored to the needs of a particular school, and each participant is given an RNBC Executive Functions Curriculum Notebook and lessons with an implementation plan specific to their school. Through classroom visits, lesson demonstrations, teacher meetings, and implementation plan reviews, schools can benefit from RNBC experts throughout the implementation process. RNBC administers two student assessments (pre and post) and provides related reports. RNBC also offers seminars for parents.

Both the educator workshop and school training focus on seven primary areas: materials management, planning and time management, study strategies, understanding learning strengths, goal setting, decision making, and learning environment.