Four years ago Hanger Hall created a program with the goal of bringing the latest research on the emotional development of middle school girls to the school, and to the Asheville community-at-large. As the leader in the emotional development of middle school girls, and as the school that literally wrote the book “A Precious Window of Time: A Manual for Teaching and Nurturing Middle School Girls” by our founder, Howard Hanger and Dr. Vicki Garlock, Hanger Hall is committed to serving as a resource for our entire community and beyond.
Each year we invite a professional, expert in the field of the emotional development of middle school girls, parenting middle school girls, expert in gender research and theory, or how girls best thrive to name just a few areas, to serve as our Professional-In-Residence. Our Professional-in-Residence Program has four areas of education. These include small group parent education for our Hanger Hall parents; community outreach for other educators, professionals, and parents in the greater Asheville community; faculty professional development for Hanger Hall teachers and staff; and student awareness and conversation with our girls.
Our 2018 Professional-in-Residence is Mitch Prinstein, PhD author of the 2017 book “Popular: The Power of LIkeability in a Status-Obsessed World” and the John Van Sters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The 2017 Professional-in-Residence was Lisa Damour, PhD author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.” Dr. Damour is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.
Our inaugural Professional-in-Residence in 2015 was Rachel Simmons author of “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” and “Curse of the Good Girl:Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. Ms. Simmons has a soon-to-be-released book called “Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives (release February 2018) Ms. Simmons is cofounder of the national nonprofit, Girls Leadership. She is currently the leadership development specialist at the Wurtele Center for Leadership at Smith College, and is Girls Research Scholar in Residence at the Hewitt School in New York.