An Executive Function System for
Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Skills.

A Solution For Educators:

  • Simple evaluation and monitoring tools
  • Customizable curriculum for students
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use platform
  • Skills that improve learning and behaviors
  • Over 200 engaging, age-appropriate lessons

A Solution For Students:

  • Emotional control and flexibility
  • Awareness and self-control
  • Attention and problem-solving skills
  • Planning and organization strategies
  • Motivation and perseverance


Executive functions are the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills students need for learning. Many of our students who struggle would be capable of understanding academic content, if only they could find their materials, focus on their lessons, manage their emotions, remember information, or get started on their work. When students become aware of their needs and develop executive function skills, they become confident, lifelong learners who finally begin to achieve the academic success they didn’t know was possible.


We understand the biggest obstacles for teaching executive functions are the right tools and enough time, and that is why we created an executive function system for educators.  The online platform, combined with the lessons and educator guides gives teachers a solution that is applicable, easy to use, and effective. The Cerebrate lessons and application ideas are based on the leading executive function research and were created by a team of school psychologists, classroom teachers, educational coaches, and curriculum specialists.  The Cerebrate platform provides a tool to evaluate executive function deficiencies and lessons that address the associated learning challenges, giving educators the ability to teach exactly what their students need.

Who is Cerebrate For?

Cerebrate develops skills that benefit all learners. From the student who seems lost most days to the student who seems to have it all together, executive function strategies can bring every student to the next level of learning. Consider the eight functions below to see how your current students could benefit from developing skills to overcome their challenges.


The ability to stop and think before acting.

Self-Control Challenges

  • Student struggles to recognize when actions need to stop
  • Student has difficulty waiting for a turn to speak
  • Student struggles to keep undesirable thoughts to themselves
  • Student struggles to think before acting
  • Student has difficulty keeping their cool when triggered


The ability to view and evaluate oneself in a situation.

Self-Monitor Challenges

  • Student has difficulty monitoring work for errors
  • Student struggles to understand own strengths
  • Student struggles to understand what needs improvement
  • Student has difficulty communicating with others
  • Student struggles to realize how actions affect the feelings of others


The ability to adapt to changing conditions by revising plans or changing strategies.


  • Student struggles to manage emotions with changing situations
  • Student has difficulty understanding other perspectives
  • Student struggles to consider multiple solutions to problems
  • Student has difficulty trying something new
  • Student struggles to transition from one activity to another with ease

Emotional Control

The ability to manage feelings to achieve goals and manage tasks.

Emotional Control

  • Student struggles to react in proportion to the problem size
  • Student has difficulty managing worry
  • Student struggles to calm down from feeling upset
  • Student has difficulty managing emotions to situations
  • Student has difficulty understanding what causes feelings

Task Initiation

The ability to begin projects and tasks without procrastination.

Task Initiation

  • Student struggles to take initiative
  • Student has trouble coming up with ideas
  • Student has difficulty getting started on work
  • Student struggles to know how to prepare for tests
  • Student has trouble following through to finish a task

Working Memory

The ability to use information held in memory to complete a task.

Working Memory

  • Student struggles to utilize memorization strategies
  • Student struggles to manage distractions
  • Student has trouble with multi-step tasks
  • Student struggles to stay on task without direction
  • Student has trouble remembering information long term


The ability to create steps to reach a goal and to decide which steps need the most focus.


  • Student struggles to remember assignments and due dates
  • Student has trouble meeting long-term goals
  • Student struggles to estimate time needed for tasks
  • Student has difficulty managing a large amount of work
  • Student struggles to plan for projects


The ability to develop and use systems to keep track of materials and information.


  • Student struggles to be prepared with materials and work
  • Student struggles to organize schoolwork
  • Student has trouble organizing concepts for notes
  • Student has difficulty organizing priorities
  • Student struggles to organize thoughts and ideas

Learning Improvements from Executive Function Skills

Studies explicitly show that executive function skill development leads to improvements in learning and academic achievement.  Specifically, the data illustrates an increase in reading, writing, and math success, as well as a rise in test scores.  It has also been discovered that executive function instruction with a minimal impact to the normal learning schedule still delivers significant improvement in achievement scores.

Much of our research has been summarized and can be read below.

Read Summaries

Interested In Cerebrate?