It's More Than A Course, It's a Course of Action
It's More Than A Course, It's a Course of Action
Jessie Fenton

Cristo Rey Network launches Executive Functioning Skills Program.

In partnership with Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D., Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC), the Cristo Rey Network aims to further increase the college and career readiness of our students by establishing a model for integrating Executive Functioning Skills into both academic and workplace environments.

Teachers and Corporate Work Study Program staff from 11 Cristo Rey schools will engage in this effort by participating in professional development programming to synchronize learning from instructional classroom and workplace settings. Through the implementation of RNBC-designed and research-validated Executive Functions curriculum, schools will fully-integrate and measure Executive Functioning skills of our students.

Participating schools include:

  • Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (Chicago)
  • Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School
  • Cristo Rey Boston High School
  • Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep
  • Cristo Rey Kansas City High School
  • Cristo Rey New York High School
  • Cristo Rey Sacramento High School
  • Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School (Las Vegas)
  • De La Salle North Catholic High School (Portland)
  • San Miguel High School (Tucson)

As we implement this program, of the 11 schools, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities will participate in a more expansive program delivered by Dr. Bozeday and Mike Smith. All school personnel, including teachers, administrators, and CWSP colleagues supervising students, will participate in multiple workshops to learn the neuroscience background and the application of executive function strategies and complete comprehensive implementation plans.

The structure of the Executive Functions curriculum is based on a logical sequence of foundational topics:

  • Classroom Structures and Learning Environment
  • Materials Management
  • Time Management
  • Planning

Including strategies for study and personal growth:

  • Following Directions
  • Note Taking
  • Organizing Information
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving

"Our partnership with RNBC is a natural fit. Cristo Rey schools help strengthen students' executive functions by implementing programs, like this one, to increase student achievement and school performance," said Mary Kearney, Ed.D., Cristo Rey Network's Chief Academic Officer. "Our shared goals are evident."

RNBC is a unique organization, where a team of clinical, education, and research professionals believe strongly in building on the strengths of young people. Dr. Bozeday is the Director of RNBC's Educational Services team, composed of experts in understanding the challenges children face when they have executive function deficits. They provide professional development for teachers, programming for schools, and Executive Functions curricula so that educators can extend the training to others.

Angela Duckworth's research published in the December 2005 publications of Psychological Science detailed: The mastery of Executive Function skills in middle and high school is a better predictor of success in school than IQ.

The Cristo Rey Network is committed to investing in evidence-based programs and resources to strengthen the skills of our students, one course at a time.