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How Libraries and Museums Can Strengthen Executive Function

By Donna DiMichele | September 17, 2015


Brain-Building Powerhouses: How Museums and Libraries Can Strengthen Executive Function Life Skills

A free webinar featuring the findings from the just-released groundbreaking report, Brain-Building Powerhouses: How Museums and Libraries Can Strengthen Executive Function Life Skills, will be broadcast on September 22. Mind in the Making (MITM), a program of the Families and Work Institute (FWI), and partner, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will present the webinar for museum and library professionals on executive function life skills.

Executive function skills are built on the brain processes we use to pay attention and exercise self control, to hold information in our minds so that we can use it, and to think flexibly. These skills become foundational for other skills, including delaying gratification, understanding the perspectives of others, reflection, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and taking on challenges.

Presenters will discuss new findings from research on brain development, the importance of executive function skills, and how museums and libraries across the country are incorporating this research into their programs and exhibits. Presenters include:

Some of the outstanding initiatives in museums and libraries featured in the report will be presented in the webinar by the following:

• Laurie Kleinbaum Fink, Science Museum of Minnesota
• Stephanie Terry, Children’s Museum of Evansville
• Kerry Salazar, Portland Children’s Museum
• Kimberlee Kiehl, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
• Holly Henley, Arizona State Library
• Anne Kilkenny, Providence Public Library
• Kathy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar link: Join the webinar with this link to the Blackboard Collaborate system.
Phone code: 1-866-299-7945, Enter guest code 5680404#

Technical requirements:

IMLS-hosted webinars use the Blackboard Collaborate system. If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, click here to check your system compatibility in advance of the webinar. You will be able to confirm that your operating system and Java are up-to-date, and enter a Configuration Room that will allow you to configure your connection speed and audio settings before the IMLS webinar begins. (If you choose to enter a Configuration Room, please note that the IMLS webinar will use Blackboard version 12.6.)

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