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Coaching Students to Address Executive Function Challenges and Learning Differences

Date: Friday - February 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland, WA)

This Workshop is At Capacity and Now Closed


Coaching Students to Address Executive Function Challenges and Learning Differences


Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00-3:00

Hosted By Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland, WA)


Who Should Attend

Independent school educators and leaders, learning and student support staff and advisory group leaders.


Workshop Description

One-on-one executive-functioning coaching strategies can dramatically improve the connection and communication with some of your most challenging students. This workshop will provide conversational coaching techniques to support students who have difficulties with executive function, Learning Differences, ADHD and other challenges. When coaching strategies are implemented, students see improvements in Social Emotional learning (SEL) and they gain agency, impulse control, and develop stronger executive function skills. The Edge Foundation has successfully trained teachers and other school staff to use coaching techniques similar to those proven effective by instructional and executive coaches.

Through an interactive, practice-based model, attendees will experience an abbreviated version of Edge’s 2-day coach training, including:

  • Steps for deepening connection with under-engaged students
  • Strategies for putting students in control of their learning and behavior
  • Tools for asking non-directive questions
  • Frameworks for providing accountability and
  • Techniques for growing resilience and skills through repetition

Beginning in 2011 with two schools in Tacoma, Washington, Edge In-School Training and Coaching has now been implemented in 40 schools and afterschool programs nationally. Results include significant improvement in students’ feelings and beliefs about coming to school (95%), about skills learned (growth mindset) (95%), and about increased confidence (self-efficacy) (80%). 



Neil Peterson is the CEO & Founder of Edge Foundation.

He is a social entrepreneur. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He was the CEO of the public transportation agencies in the Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles metropolitan regions; CEO of the largest toll road network in California; City Manager; and COO and CFO of a state’s Health and Human Services Agency where he was responsible for the state’s mental health programs and programs for the disabled. In the private sector, Peterson has served as CEO, COO and CFO of several companies; worked as a consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, CH2M Hill and Transportation Solutions; founded companies, including Flexcar, now Zipcar, the first major car sharing company in the United States. In the non-profit sector he has served as Vice President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in addition to his efforts with the Edge Foundation. A frequent speaker and author of Embracing the Edge, Peterson and his two children have Executive Functioning challenges, specifically ADHD and Dyslexia.


Edwin Vega – Senior Trainer and Fidelity Manager 


Since 2015, I have held a private coaching practice, coaching managers in the tech industry, educators and performing artists. I help leaders maximize their leader presence and impact. My clients often share that as a result of our coaching relationship, they quickly get unstuck, stand in their full authority and find untapped power in order to access higher levels of performance. Simply put, I coach to their greatness. As a result, these leaders handle situations with more confidence, answer their responsibility to the call of leadership that impacts their company’s ecosystem, improving retention, interpersonal relationships and the development of a coach-like culture.

Knowing we are each inherently unique and special, I bring a challenging, playful, and intuitive approach to the coaching relationship, where the client and coach are co-creating, always in service of the client’s growth and impact.

I’m also passionate about creating and facilitating experiential, life changing workshops.




NWAIS Attendees


Early Bird (By January 16, 2020): $135

Late (After January 16, 2020): $165


Non-NWAIS Attendees:

$210 (anytime)



Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the early bird discount.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by February 19, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 19, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.


NWAIS Is Going Paperless.

All program materials will be provided electronically. If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please bring a internet connected device, download the materials in advance or print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


Attendees Will Be Eligible For 5 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details



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