Cognitive Skills are the mental processes our brains use to take in, organize, understand, and retrieve information. So much of what happens in our brains are processes we aren’t even aware of when they happen. But while they may happen non-consciously, they define our ability to learn.

The video below explains how foundational cognitive skills and executive functions support the ability to learn to read, to learn math, to acquire social and emotional competence, as well as correlating with eventual life outcomes, such as the level of academic attainment, how much money someone will earn, their physical health and whether or not they will engage in behavior that involves them in the justice system.

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