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With Ana Homayoun, moderated by Vivien Keil, PhD

Building Executive Functioning Skills

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm

Ana Homayoun has spent decades instructing students and educators about the value of executive function skills. Organization, managing distractions, cognitive flexibility, self-regulation and resilience when something doesn’t go as planned, are the skills fundamental to learning and achieving goals.  Recent research shows that development of executive functioning skills is a more reliable predictor of success in academics and in life than test scores or socioeconomic status. However, these skills are often underemphasized. Ana will discuss the skills and habits that are crucial for success throughout school and college and how to nurture them in our students at every developmental stage.

About our speakers

Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker, and educator. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning.  Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness. She is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world.

Dr. Vivien Keil, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist and consultant at Children’s Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto.  She specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents.  Her goal as a clinician is to understand the whole child as she strives to balance the clinical perspective with a strengths-based approach.   

Dr. Keil has nearly 20 years of experience working with children and families.  She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  She worked at The Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center in Orange County and was a supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Keil earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.