Parent Workshop: Executive Function, What's Your Function?
Speakers: Dr. Scott Hamilton & Tamara Hamilton (see bios to follow)
Executive Functioning (EF) has become a buzzword in education circles. But what exactly is EF? EF is often misunderstood as simply organizational or study skills. In reality, EF is at work across all domains of a student’s daily life, including academics, interaction with the physical environment, social relationships, and self-awareness/personal growth. The good news is that we can systematically help students develop executive functioning through direct instruction and guided practice. This parent session will provide parents a sensible model of EF, with an eye towards how parents can help students develop these skills.
We scheduled the Hamiltons’ visit through the Howard Institute (a professional development arm of Atlanta’s Howard School) because many of our teachers have expressed an interest in learning more about the cognitive issues that impact how students learn. On the 2nd, our faculty will explore topics ranging from executive functioning and processing issues to brain-based pedagogy, working memory, and brain development. We’ve also heard from a number of you that these issues are of interest to you, so we’re excited to be able to offer the parent workshop as well and hope that you’ll be able to join us and add some new parenting skills to your toolbox.
About Scott and Tamara Hamilton
Dr. Scott Hamilton is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He serves as Assistant Head of School for Academics of The Howard School, a K-12 independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences. He also maintains a part-time private practice focusing on comprehensive neuro-psychoeducational assessments of children and adolescents. Prior to relocating with his family to Atlanta, Dr. Hamilton was the director of the learning center at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Hamilton received his Doctorate and Masters degrees in psychology from Indiana State University, and a BA in sociology from Washington and Lee University. As Director of the Howard Institute, Dr. Hamilton has led a multitude of trainings at schools and at regional and national conferences on integrating neuroscience and academic, social, emotional, and behavioral teaching and learning.
Tamara Hamilton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health. For the past 6 years, Tamara has been at Cliff Valley School, a pre-K through 8 progressive independent school for students with average to above average abilities, where she serves on the administration team as school counselor and director of the Cliff Valley Institute. Tamara earned her Master’s Degree from the Indiana University School of Social Work, and she is in the current cohort of the Mind Brain and Teaching graduate certificate program at Johns Hopkins University. Over the past decade she has focused on issues impacting children, adolescents, and families, with a particular emphasis on integrating social/emotional learning into academic curricula. As a counselor, she has helped children, adolescents, and their parents with a variety of issues, including behavioral and emotional problems, ADHD, anxiety, substance abuse, academic struggles, and other developmental concerns. Tamara has also worked extensively with schools to develop empathic cultures with strengths-based perspectives to promote inclusion, kindness, and prosocial thinking. Tamara is a frequent consultant and invited speaker regarding various topics related to child and adolescent development.