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Gregg Goewert, principal of Urey Middle School, Pat Crone, teacher and athletic director at Urey Middle School, and Daniel Medesi, technology director for John Glenn School Corporation, are presenters at the annual HECC (Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators) conference on November 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. EST in the Victoria Station AB Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Historic Union Station, Indianapolis, IN.

The role of cognitive skills, especially executive functions, in students’ self-confidence, ability to manage stress and academic performance has been underestimated. In this session, we will explore how to use data to understand students’ cognitive skills and help them strengthen their capacity for learning. We will focus on how vital supporting students is at a time when they are growing exponentially, physically, emotionally and academically. We will share how Urey Middle School helped students understand their learning strengths and build stronger confidence. This has been a key to building community within a school drawing from disparate communities. Helping students feel part of and identify their strengths within a community has been a challenge following the period when students have been isolated and lost instruction. As all stakeholders in the school engaged in this effort, the outcomes delivered both greater confidence and dramatically improved academic performance.

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