Cerebrate is Lively Minds Institute’s trademarked executive function curriculum that is used by educators in schools and districts across the country. Every coaching student is provided with a tailor-made Cerebrate curriculum of lessons, derived from initial assessments.
This approach enables our coaches to target their instruction and teach specific strategies for the areas of needed growth. Each Cerebrate lesson provides opportunities for student engagement, collaboration, application, contributing to an enhanced sense of ownership in their learning success.
Cerebrate lessons are engaging, age-appropriate, and relevant to students, with over 200 lessons addressing 64 unique executive function challenges.
The lessons are designed to:
✔Build self-awareness ✔ Create engagement ✔ Develop critical thinking ✔ Teach problem solving ✔ Encourage reflection ✔ Provide applications
Executive Function Goals
The Cerebrate curriculum addresses eight executive function skills that are broken down into three categories: behavioral, emotional, and cognitive. Behavioral skills include self-control and self-monitor, while emotional skills involve flexibility and emotional control. Cognitive skills encompass task initiation, working memory, planning, and organization. The following generalized goals provide a general overview of the concepts covered within each executive function.
Think and consider consequences before acting
Make choices for preferred results
Stop undesirable actions and act appropriately
Understand strengths and areas for growth
Make sure work is neat and complete
Be aware of how actions and words affect others
Transition from one activity to the next
Adapt to changes in topics and schedules
Try new approaches to solve problems
Manage reactions and responses to problems
Understand thoughts and feelings in different situations
Identify emotions and effectively use coping skills
Plan and begin tasks independently
Brainstorm and expand ideas
Find strategies and steps to solve a problem
Remember information and directions
Recognize distractions and stay focused
Redirect work and complete tasks
Understand time estimation and analysis
Create systems for managing tasks and projects
Develop plans for time and goals
Manage backpacks, binders, desks and learning materials
The Cerebrate curriculum is firmly grounded in scientific principles, and the incorporation of seven best practices for executive function instruction are based on the leading research within the field of executive function. These elements are integrated into every lesson, ensuring students are genuinely developing the skills necessary for successful learning.
Narrowing in on specific student struggles to know exactly what strategies should be used for improvement.
Helping students recognize their accomplishments and growth to give them an intrinsic desire to improve.
Partnering with students to build strong habits by listening actively, asking questions, and thinking critically.
Providing a variety of activities to express themselves, maintain focus, and invest in their learning experiences.
Teaching with a direct and repetitive approach to provide opportunities to self-reflect and monitor their own progress.
Giving students the ability to associate specific skills to their own circumstances by practicing skills in real-life situations.
Building awareness through self-reflection for students to respond to challenges in ways they are invested and interested in.
In addition to instructional best practices, research for Cerebrate has included considerations on how executive functions affect and impact learning, how a student’s brain develops from pre-K through adulthood, and how executive functioning is fundamentally tied to 3 core skill areas – behavior, emotion, and cognition.
Schools & Districts
If you are interested in seeing Cerebrate executive function system in your school or district, please contact us for more information.