Sonoma County Office of Education

Diagnostic Center North: How Does Executive Functioning Affect Writing?

When it comes to writing, executive functions help us set goals, plan, and organize. It also helps us manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors during the writing process. This kind of self-management is known as self-regulation, and it's critical for writing. Many students who struggle in writing have a hard time with the various executive functions that they rely on to create a sentence or multi-paragraph essay. This training takes a deep dive into what exact executive functioning skills are required in writing and how we can support our students in each of these areas when they are given writing assignments to complete.

Participants will:
  • Explore the various executive functioning skills that are required during the writing process
  • Learn various strategies and accommodations that can support students depending on which executive functioning area they need support in
  • Learn additional interpretation techniques to support the assessment process
  • Review a middle school student case study
  • Receive access to a Padlet filled with resources, links, and printouts to support their students in the classroom
  • A Certificate of Completion is available for virtual training, in-person training, Special Training Events, and Technical Assistance Projects. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities.

    When Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Location Virtual via Zoom
    Presenter Joey Chapman, M.Ed., Education Specialist
    Cost Free
    Audience • Special education teachers (TK-HS) • School psychologists
    Registration closes 09/25/2023
    Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, 7075242750,
    Questions Andrea Well, (707) 524 2764,

    Online Registration is not available.