Executive Function Training for Educators

For years now, educators and parents alike have been recognizing a rise in student challenges in all areas of life. The Jones-Gordon School is excited to introduce a brand new instructional series designed to improve the way we support students of all ages who struggle with executive function. This may look like procrastinating (planning/time management), a messy room or backpack (organization), or even just “getting stuck” (problem-solving). We have worked to compile years of expertise in the field of executive function into a digestible series of programs that will provide the skills, strategies, and knowledge necessary for educators, administrators, counselors, parents, and family members to fully understand and support all kinds of learners. Our program is uniquely designed (and customizable) to help you help your students inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of their specific needs.

Choose from one of three training packages:


The “Supporting Learners with Executive Function Challenges” program provides an overview of executive functioning inside and out!

Participants will learn about the frontal lobe of the brain and how it affects all students’ focus, effort, memory, attention, and even emotions. Students struggling with executive function have an impacted ability to effectively plan, manage time, stay organized, and so much more, which affects their success in school. The good news is EF coaching is simple and highly effective.

This session will give participants the skills to recognize executive functioning deficits in students as well as practical, concrete strategies that they can employ to better support their students right away.


If you have already attended the overview or Supporting Learning with Executive Function Challenges session and would like a more in-depth understanding, selecting this session will allow you to provide input on the area of executive function on which to focus.

Sample topics include, executive function for chemistry teachers, executive function and time management, and many more…

Work with your executive function trainer to select a topic that would be most helpful for you and your team.


A four-session all-inclusive executive training program. In the first session, our executive function trainer will visit your group or school for an evaluation. The second, virtual session will discuss what was observed and suggest a recommended training. The third session will be training for your team on the determined areas. Fourth, your team will demonstrate their knowledge in a live application with coaching from the trainer.

From the start the speaker was welcoming. She was engaging, the topic of executive function is critical to understanding and she shared professional and gave us real tool to use.
Teacher, Tucson Unified School District

This session was packed full of amazing resources for students who struggle with executive function. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and her presentation was well organized and captivating.

Counselor, Phoenix Union School District

I cannot say how impactful this was. My teachers have been asking for this kind of help specifically thank you so much!

Administrator, Casa Grande Elementary School District

The presenter was a wealth of knowledge about executive functioning. She had practical suggestions to take back to your school and use. I loved learning about cognitive load, intrinsic load and extraneous load.

Teacher, Chandler Unified School District

Samantha De Palo, M. Ed.

Executive Function Trainer and JGS Director of Outreach

Samantha De Palo, M.Ed. is the Director of Outreach for The Jones-Gordon School, a small specialized school that caters to students who learn differently, She is a former Fulbright Scholar and Teach For America corps member. She has taught all grade levels (5th and up) in regular ed, special ed, and inclusion classrooms. She recently completed her post-graduate certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity with a Specialization in Executive Function at Landmark College.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Samantha De Palo at samantha.depalo@jonesgordon.org.