Jordan Shapiro, PhD
Author, educator and researcher
Presenting "Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World"
It’s time for a new approach to screen time. As parents and educators, we need to rethink our attitudes toward technology. There's a damaging orthodoxy that presents digital devices as an evil temptation. Grownups see it as disruptive influence in the home, the adversary of healthy family life. They think the only acceptable response is firm limits and restrictions. But Jordan Shapiro, PhD—an educational pioneer, college professor and father of two—draws on cutting-edge research in learning science, philosophy, economics and psychology to show we've let fear and nostalgia stand in the way of our children's best interests. He offers optimistic, inspiring and practical advice to help adults navigate the new, digital frontier of childhood. He reframes gaming, social media and smartphones in historical context, providing a fresh, evidence-based perspective that will change the way you think about today’s connected kids.
Shapiro is a globally celebrated thought leader. His Forbes' column (2012-17) on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture was read by over 5 million people around the world. He’s an international speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy and economics in unexpected ways.
Purchase Jordan Shapiro's latest book, The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World, from this special link and proceeds benefit The Parish School! Read more about Jordan and his latest book on NPR.
He will also be presenting a free adult education session the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3, titled "The New Childhood." For info and to RSVP, visit www.parishschool.org/new-childhood.
Maria Hammond, PhD
Join us in honoring Maria Hammond, PhD, a licensed psychologist gifted in the intervention of young children who has dedicated her career to helping Houston-area children and families thrive. Dr. Hammond has focused her training, research and clinical practice on the areas of communication delays, developmental differences and parent-child relationships. She trained at Texas Children’s Hospital with Michelle Forrester, PhD, as well as at Children’s Learning Institute under the mentorship of Susan Landry, PhD.
Dr. Hammond began her career as a licensed clinician at The Parish School, where she held social skills groups for young children who have learning differences and autism. During this time, she made lifelong friends and colleagues who still comprise most of her professional and personal connections across disciplines, especially longtime Parish board member Melanie Seigle and the cherished former head of school Margaret Noecker.
Today, Dr. Hammond leads a private practice called N.E.S.T. (Nurturing Emotional and Social Skills Therapeutically) Developmental Center for Children and Families, where her multidisciplinary team of therapists provide assessments, intervention and social skills playgroups for young children, as well as trainings for parents, students and teachers.
Community Partner of the Year
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work and play more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful.
In 2016, The Parish School has been the grateful recipient of Gensler’s pro bono services from the design of an updated master plan for campus to consultation on the school’s new modular building.