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


The course “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. Furthermore, this course will also discuss how particular components of the Danielson Framework for teaching, such as communicating with families, can influence social-emotional skill-building and family-school partnerships.  Beginning with the theoretical underpinnings of how social-emotional capacities develop in an interactive matrix over time, the content will then move to how social-emotional development can become derailed, and what professionals working with children can do to help students get “on track.”  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.

Faculty: 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.

Faculty: 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 for 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.

Date: Monday – Thursday, July 11-14, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuition: $625
CE Credits: 24



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For any questions, contact:
Arlean Wells
212-879-4900 ext. 330

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.