IMLS Webinar: strengthen your executive skills

How about investing a couple hours to learn how libraries and museums can strengthen executive skills?

Mind in the Making (MITM), a program of the Families and Work Institute (FWI), and partner, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will present a free webinar for museum and library professionals on executive function life skills. The webinar will feature findings from the just-released groundbreaking report, Brain-Building Powerhouses: How Museums and Libraries Can Strengthen Executive Function Life Skills.
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The webinar presenters include report contributors Mimi Howard and Andrea Camp, Mind in the Making author and FWI President Ellen Galinsky, and IMLS Supervisory Grants Management Specialist Helen Wechsler. They will discuss new findings from research on brain development, the importance of executive function skills, and how museums and libraries across the country are incorporating this research into their programs and exhibits.

Some of the outstanding initiatives in museums and libraries featured in the report will be presented in the webinar by the following:

  •  Laurie Kleinbaum Fink, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Stephanie Terry, Children’s Museum of Evansville
  • Kerry Salazar, Portland Children’s Museum
  • Kimberlee Kiehl, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • Holly Henley, Arizona State Library
  • Anne Kilkenny, Providence Public Library
  • Kathy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Executive function skills are built on the brain processes we use to pay attention and exercise self control, to hold information in our minds so that we can use it, and to think flexibly. These skills become foundational for other skills, including delaying gratification, understanding the perspectives of others, reflection, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and taking on challenges.

Webinar: Brain-Building Powerhouses: How Museums and Libraries Can Strengthen Executive Function Life Skills
Date:        Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time:        2:00 PM EDT

Link:         Join the webinar with this link to the Blackboard Collaborate system.
Ph code:  1-866-299-7945, Enter guest code 5680404#

Note: IMLS-hosted webinars use the Blackboard Collaborate system. If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, click here to check your system compatibility in advance of the webinar. You will be able to confirm that your operating system and Java are up-to-date, and enter a Configuration Room that will allow you to configure your connection speed and audio settings before the IMLS webinar begins. (If you choose to enter a Configuration Room, please note that the IMLS webinar will use Blackboard version 12.6.

About Nancy Gravatt

Nancy Gravatt was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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