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Course Description

This course is designed to take an in-depth look at research-supported strategies used to help promote teens’ independence by building their executive skills or brain based abilities to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. The text looks at the parents roll and relationship with the child but we will pay closer attention to the relationship and implications the teenager will have in the classroom.You will read and learn stepby-step strategies to help guide your students to live up to their potential now and in the future by teaching them strategies and skills to develop their executive functions while also creating a stronger relationship with them. Grades 6-12.

Learner Outcomes

Through reading “Smart but Scattered Teens,” students will:

  • Reflect upon their own teaching practices with students that are struggling with executive functioning skills and set goals for their teaching
  • They will apply Best Practices to their teaching and learning instruction as they learn new strategies.
  • They will complete questionnaires, think critically and evaluate strategies for students as they plan lessons that incorporate research-based strategies while investigating the interwoven nature of executive strategies for struggling students.
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Section Title
Smart but Scattered Teens-Helping Teens Reach Their Potential
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $660.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
Smart but Scattered Teens: The Executive Skills Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential by Richard Guare, PhD, Peg Dawson, EdD & Colin Guare. The Guilford Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-60918-229-8.
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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