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Creating Moonshot Moments: Executive Functioning As Booster Rockets
Dear Parents and Educators,
We feel that too often the conversations, priorities, and training in the teaching world are focused on the “what” we should learn and not the “how” we should learn it.
This session is focused on the how of teaching and learning. Specifically, we’ll spend time with the acronym CROPS.
During a lesson about strategies for executive functioning, a student coined the term CROPS. As noted on the resource page, much of the content shared here is a synthesis of Lynn Meltzer’s work at the Institute for Learning & Development (ILD) with additional practical, classroom applications.
Like Dr. Meltzer and her team, we know that skills like planning, organizing, prioritizing, and self-checking are essential ingredients to our students’ performance in school and life. We hope the framework shared here supports the work you are already doing in teaching and learning with students.
Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy

Resources & Works Cited: Books


Anderson, Brent & Linda. Unintentional Humor: Celebrating the Literal Mind. Gund Publishing, 2011.


Cooper-Kahn, Joyce & Laurie Dietzel. Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. Woodbine House Publishing, 2008.


Meltzer, Lynn. Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (What Works for Special-Needs Learner). Guilford Press, 2010.


Meltzer, Lynn (Editor). Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice. Guilford Press, 2010.



Resources & Works Cited: Online

-Product development in collaboration with Research Institute for Learning & Development (Research ILD)

-Educators’ guide to learning disabilities and ADHD

-The National Center for Learning Disabilities


Graphic Organizer for Essay Writing: BOTEC

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