Bolstering Learning through Building Social-Emotional Capacities and Family-School Partnerships

The four individual workshop sessions on “Bolstering Learning through Building Social-Emotional Capacities and Family-School Partnerships” will offer an in-depth look at the dynamics between family-school relationships, social-emotional skill-building and children’s success in school and in life. Research linking academic success to these two areas will be highlighted, including current perspectives on how social-emotional skill-building and common core standards align. Developmental issues will be addressed through the lens of how transactions between the individual child and his/her multiple relationships and contexts influence social-emotional development. We will consider the complexity of social-emotional development with a focus on the urban environment. Professionals will come away with
a deeper conceptual framework as well as practical techniques to apply in their work with children.

Learn more about Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC)

Zina Rutkin, PhD, is the Director of Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC); an innovative program that helps schools to build a strong social and emotional support system for student learning. Dr. Rutkin began her career as a special educator, and then became a clinical psychologist with a strong background in program evaluation as well as mental health. She has served as a consultant to a variety of mental health organizations, social service agencies, and school settings throughout the New York area, and also as an adjunct professor at NYU. Dr. Rutkin has over thirty years’ experience working with and on behalf of, children and families, with a particular eye toward the interface between education and mental health, and the development of foundational skills leading to success in learning and in life.

Arlean Wells, PhD, is the Program Coordinator for Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC). Dr. Wells is a former New York City Public School Teacher and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College. She also worked as a Consultant for the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and as a Project Associate for the New York University Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Dr. Wells’ overseas experience includes working as a Curriculum Specialist for the Ministry of Education, in Kingston Jamaica and a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, where she assisted Region Directors with policy development and implementation and lead professional development workshops on classroom management, curriculum development and on the ideology of systematic change.

Each participant who registered for all four sessions will receive one copy of Competent Kids, Caring Communities’ Family-School Collaboration Manual.

Date: 4 Tuesday sessions

February 28: Bolstering Students Social & Emotional Competencies
March 21: Strengthening Family School Partnerships
April 25: Impact of Context on Student Learning: Cultural & Community Considerations
May 23: SocialEmotional Skill Building and Common Core Standards
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuition: $135 per session
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 3 per session


If you would like to apply using a DOE purchase order please contact Dr. Arlean Wells awells@ackerman.org