Forum on ‘executive function’ to be presented by UC Dept. of Education, MMS Parent University on November 7

Every parent wants their child to succeed in life. But what are the things that really matter to a child’s future? A growing body of research shows that “executive function” may equal—or surpass—IQ as a predictor of success.

A forum on “Executive Function: The Foundation of Success” will be presented by Mountaineer Montessori School Parent University and the University of Charleston Department of Education on Thursday, November 7, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.  The free event is open to parents, educators and the public.

Katie Ibes, a pedagogical consultant who advises public, charter and independent schools across the country, will share strategies for nurturing a child’s executive functions at home and in the classroom.

Executive function is the ability to manage thoughts, emotions and actions. Traits associated with executive function fall into three main categories—self-control, working memory and cognitive flexibility. These are sometimes referred to as “soft skills,” but their importance is anything but.

“Executive functions support teamwork, leadership, decision-making, working toward goals, critical thinking, adaptability and being aware of our own emotions as well as those of others,” said MMS Director Jennifer Carriger. “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits.”

Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school. Founded in 1976, MMS serves 142 students ages 3-14.

For more information, please call MMS at 304/342-7870 or visit

The Plus Program will be available at no charge to current MMS students upon reservation. To reserve your child’s spot, contact Karen Kelly: