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2017 offerings

Social Emotional Engagement Parent Training

Join us for a parent training session with social emotional engagement expert Emily Rubin on Wed., Feb. 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., in the TCS Gym. Emily trains teachers to encourage students’ social growth, and to see how encouraging relationship growth among all students in a class not only improves class culture, but enhances academic outcomes.

The session “Social Engagement in the Classroom: Current Research in Brain Development” will touch on:

  • How current neuroscience helps us understand the development of social and emotional learning in our children
  • How embedding supports for social and emotional engagement across natural routines supports language, literacy, and academic growth

TCS teachers will also talk about how they are using their specialized training to better engage with kids.

When: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: TCS Gym

Who: Social emotional engagement expert Emily Rubin

Childcare: Childcare will NOT be provided.

Registration: Click here to register for the parent training.

Meet Some of Our Instructors!

Michelle Toma-Harrold, Ph.D.


Dr. Michelle Toma-Harrold, the Director of Resource Services at The Children’s School, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University. Licensed as a psychologist for 12 years, she specializes in educational consultation, assessment, intervention, and service coordination. Over the years, she has served students, families, and schools in several capacities and has facilitated numerous workshops on executive functioning for a variety of audiences.

Melissa Scott

MelissaScott Melissa Scott is the Director of Learning Design and Innovation at The Children’s School. She has 20 years of educational experience in both public and independent schools, and has worked as a classroom teacher and instructional technologist. As the Director of Learning Design and Innovation, Melissa collaborates closely with teachers and staff to provide authentic and innovative learning opportunities for students in grades pre-primary through sixth grade. Melissa also is instrumental in providing ongoing professional development for faculty. She also has presented at the local, state, and international level. A recipient of the Brynes Grant, Melissa traveled to Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland, the first 1:1 iPad school in the world. While there, she saw first had how teaching and learning were being transformed in a meaningful way. In addition to her work in education she has organized EdCampIS-VA as well as, TEDxYouth@FHS. Melissa also is an educational consultant for Educational Collaborators and an educational advisor to the board for World Leadership Foundation.

Stay tuned for 2016 offerings!