Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cerebrate?

Cerebrate is an executive function system for behavioral, emotional, and cognitive skill development. The Cerebrate solution has an online platform to evaluate need, monitor progress and create customized curriculum from hundreds of lessons that address 64 executive function learning challenges.

How did Cerebrate come to be?

Cerebrate’s parent company, Lively Minds Institute, has been teaching educators how to develop their students’ executive function skills for over a decade. We have witnessed struggling students, seen as unmotivated, unfocused, or low performing, develop strategies to achieve greater academic success through executive function instruction. Without lowering our educators’ expectations, we have watched our students transform using our proven process. These remarkable student transformations led us to seek this impact on a larger scale, leading to the development of Cerebrate.

The Cerebrate curriculum was born out of leading research in the executive function field, including how executive functions affect and impact learning, how a student’s brain develops from pre K-adulthood, and how executive functions are fundamentally tied to 3 core skill areas – behavior, emotion, and cognition.

Who can use Cerebrate?

A variety of professionals use Cerebrate in multiple settings. The curriculum has the flexibility to be used by a teacher during whole class or small group instruction or by a specialist to provide individualized, targeted instruction for RTI or MTSS student interventions. Professionals currently using Cerebrate include:

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Special Education Directors
  • Counselors
  • Interventionists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Academic Tutors
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Resource Teachers

What are the components of a Cerebrate lesson?

Each Cerebrate lesson includes an Educator Guide, and the two pieces work together to incorporate the seven best practices of executive function instruction: assessment, engagement, collaboration, instruction, metacognition, motivation, and application.

 Each lesson includes:

  • An introduction statement to communicate the lesson objective and its benefit
  • A lesson activity to engage in active learning to master the lesson objective
  • Opportunities to trigger metacognition by relating student thoughts to lesson experiences

Each Educator Guide includes:

  • A lesson objective to communicate the measurable outcome of the lesson related to the challenge it addresses
  • Methods for instruction and collaboration specific to the lesson objective, content, challenge, and executive function skill
  • Methods for application of lesson content to allow for practice of strategies for skill development

How many Cerebrate lessons are included in the curriculum?

Cerebrate has three separate grade categories: Grades 1-4, Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12.  Each has approximately 200 lessons addressing the 64 executive function challenges common to that age.

How will I know which executive function challenges to address?

Each of Cerebrate’s executive function skills has eight student challenges, for a total of 64 challenges related to learning. The challenges for each skill are represented by student behaviors that are observable by educators, making it simple to identify which challenges need to be targeted through instruction. 

For example, if an educator notices that their students frequently speak when it is not their turn, the teacher can choose to address the Cerebrate Self-Monitor challenge, “Student has difficulty waiting for a turn to speak.”

How can I customize the curriculum?

The Cerebrate customization for individual students, small groups, and entire classes is based on student needs. Educators choose the executive function challenges that are interfering with learning by either toggling specific challenges or completing an evaluation of student behaviors. Alternately, educators may utilize our QuickStart resource guides that target a specific subject area or an overarching classroom challenge. The Platform Resource section include guides with detailed directions for all of the customization methods.

How can I incorporate Cerebrate into my instructional time?

Cerebrate can be incorporated into daily schedules across different grade levels in numerous ways. Cerebrate lessons do not require a certain amount of time to teach; they can be taught quickly or extended, depending on the needs of the educator.  Two simple ways to incorporate Cerebrate are scheduled routines and content connection.  Scheduled routines can include times like morning meetings, community circle, flipped learning, bell ringer assignments, small group centers, and homeroom.  Content connection involves teaching executive function skills needed for upcoming assignments, projects, or classroom activities by integrating them into content instruction. This allows students to be preloaded with skills necessary to be successful and provides them the opportunity to practice their skill development through an authentic application.

How can I demo the Cerebrate platform?

We are happy to schedule a Cerebrate demo for your school or organization. Request a Demo.

How is Cerebrate organized?

Cerebrate addresses eight executive functions skills which include self-control, self-monitor, flexibility, emotional control, task initiation, working memory, planning, and organization. Each of these executive function skills is broken down into eight commonly found student challenges that occur due to skill deficiency. Each challenge is then addressed by two or more lessons that provide targeted instruction to help students overcome the challenge and develop desired behaviors and habits. 

Who can be evaluated using Cerebrate?

The Cerebrate evaluation tool evaluates both individual students and groups of students. Once evaluated, the platform recommends challenges for the educator to address and generates a curriculum to follow if one has not been created previously.

How often can students be evaluated?

Evaluations within the platform are unlimited. Students and groups can be evaluated as frequently as you would like to meet your needs.

What student data does Cerebrate track?

Cerebrate tracks student data using evaluations, progress monitoring tools, and individual lesson assessments. The date includes:

  • Initial Overall Skill Proficiency
  • Initial Individual Skill Proficiency
  • Overall Skill Progress 
  • Individual Skill Progress
  • Lesson Completion
  • Lesson Mastery
  • Goal Documentation
  • Lesson Documentation

What student reports are available?

Cerebrate provides a variety of student reports, including:

  • Initial student evaluation report
  • Progress reports
  • Individual lesson reports
  • Curriculum reports

How can Cerebrate support IEP, 504, RTI, and MTSS monitoring?

Cerebrate’s comprehensive reporting feature allows educators to closely monitor a student’s executive functioning proficiency for IEPs, 504s, RTI, and MTSS programs. The evaluation tool on the Cerebrate platform produces an up-to-date snapshot of a student’s executive function skill progress and can be generated at any time. In addition, our built-in lesson assessment feature allows educators to track how many lessons have been taught and relate student performance for each.  

How does Cerebrate allow professionals to collaborate?

Collaboration on student progress between general education and special services is simplified using the Cerebrate platform. Individual students or groups are easily shared from educator to educator, allowing collaboration for student goals, assessments, lessons, successes, and challenges. 

What implementation support does Cerebrate offer?

Effective implementation of Cerebrate is essential for success. Cerebrate supports all stages of implementation by providing:

  • Implementation guides
  • Implementation workbook
  • Interactive online training
  • Unlimited access to platform resources

What training does Cerebrate offer?

With the purchase of Cerebrate, all users have access to our online training on executive function instruction and the use of the Cerebrate platform. Additional training courses for implementation, train-the trainer, and professional development are also available. Visit our Training webpage or contact us for more information.

What additional support resources are available for Cerebrate?

The Cerebrate platform has a comprehensive resource section that includes step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, and other aids to support the navigation of the platform, preparation for instruction, and instructional best practices.

What licenses are available, and what is included with the purchase?

School and district licenses are available for purchase. Each license includes but is not limited to:

  • Access to evaluations
  • Customize curricula
  • Access to lessons for all grade levels
  • Access to all educator guides and application ideas
  • Customized implementation plan and support materials
  • Access to online training, guides, and resources

For more information on licensing visit our Purchasing page.

How am I allowed to use Cerebrate materials?

Cerebrate materials must be used in accordance with our user agreements and terms of use. All Cerebrate materials are protected by intellectual property laws.

How do I place an order?

To place an order, visit our purchasing page to view and select purchasing options or contact us.

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