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Parent Outreach Meeting: Observing, Listening, Wondering, and Responding as Parents and Teachers
October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“Observing, Listening, Wondering, and Responding as Parents and Teachers”
Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center will hold its second parent outreach meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Monday, October 23, when a presentation will be given in English, and on Tuesday, October 24, when the same discussion will be presented in Spanish. Each of the sessions will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., and child care will be provided to those who have registered in advance.
The sessions will explore the idea of reflective parenting, or how parents — and teachers — who develop the skill and habit of reflection and examination of what is really going on with their child’s behavior and development can better support the growth of children’s social and emotional skills. A small investment on the part of adults can help children to be better friends, get along with others, develop a more positive self-concept, and ultimately feel comfortable and happy with themselves and others. Individual differences in the capacity to be reflective will be discussed, as will how, as in learning other skills, the ability for reflection as we respond to children and help them learn can be developed with patience, practice, and time.
The presenters will be Jacqueline Rambo, the EWECC school psychologist, Arlene Pizzo Notel, our program director, and Dr. Julio Gonzalez.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is the former dean of the School of Education at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. He teaches in both the Exceptional Education and Childhood Education Departments and has served as a consultant to international, national, and local organizations and school systems that provide clinical services for children and families.
Jacqueline Rambo received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s in school psychology from Touro College. She is presently working with children, parents, and teachers at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, providing counseling and consultation services at the preschool level. Ms. Rambo’s training has focused on the intersection of psychology and education. Using a holistic and culturally sensitive perspective, she observes and analyzes various aspects of behavior, social emotional development, and cognitive development in relation to academic achievement and the ability of a child to function in the school environment.
Arlene Pizzo Notel has been a lead prekindergarten teacher at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center (EWECC) for 12 years. Taking her 25 years of experience in education into an administrative role, Arlene currently serves as Program Director at EWECC. She holds dual New York State teaching certifications, in both Early Childhood and in Childhood Education.
Arlene designed a Resilience Program for the Center, utilizing the Devereux Center for Resilient Children Social and Emotional Curriculum, which aims to prepare children for a life of positive mental health.
At Yale University’s Mind the Baby Summer Institute 2016, she studied the concept of “parental reflective functioning,” which underpins the Parent Outreach Meeting program she has established at EWECC. The program supports parents in developing a better understanding of children’s growth and behavior, and how best to support it.
For over 20 years Arlene has recognized the importance of early childhood education, and the ever-changing needs of children and their families. She continues to ground her approach to teaching and learning in the need for constant adaptation of instruction for the many needs of today’s learners.