The SEE Committee was created as a sub-committee of the SLT to support and strengthen the social emotional experiences of our children, teachers, parents and the community at PS 154.  Social Emotional Learning is intended to teach children specific social-emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation. In short, these are the lessons of emotional intelligence, which science has consistently shown is a greater determinant of success and happiness than IQ or academic ability. 

The research behind the academic success of students immersed in social emotional learning demonstrates the importance of these experiences for our children.

The SEE Committee aims to bring social emotional learning skills to the PS 154 community through various programs including parenting skills workshops and professional development.


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A workshop for parents and caregivers presented by the Social Emotional Experience Committee (SEE) of the PTA of PS 154.

THURS, MARCH 29, 7 - 8:30 PM


Feelings fuel behaviors. When kids aren’t skilled at managing their big feelings, their behaviors can be annoying or even hurtful. Research shows that kids who can handle their emotions and “bounce back” from upsetting moments do far better in school and in life.

Teach your kids the ABCs of emotions — a valuable, life-long skill most of us never learned from our parents or teachers. In this workshop you will learn seven simple tools that help your child manage upset feelings positively and help you and your child feel more connected.


  • Precisely label (and actually FEEL) what they are feeling vs shutting down by saying, “Fine” or “OK” or “Nothing!”

  • Become self-aware -- how others are receiving their words, tone of voice and body language

  • Respond productively to peers who are unkind or unfriendly

  • Start over with a “re-do” after acting out or making mistakes


  • Kids are more cooperative, flexible and connected

  • Unlocks your child’s inner emotional world -- learn what’s really going on with them

  • Confidence that you’re equipping your kids with valuable social and emotional tools to handle tough feelings and situations

  • Increase connection between you and your kids


  • Helps them tap into their feelings so they can move through them and move on

  • Normalizes big, difficult feelings so they are not scary

  • Teaches them exactly what to say and do in emotional moments  -- exactly what to do with your body and your voice

  • Helps manage and de-escalate conflict

  • Learn a simple way to make amends after a mistake


A fun, empowering social/emotional and communication system that helps kids productively manage challenging situations and feelings. Kimochis® uses adorable books and plushy toys and characters that represent a range of feelings, and the Kimochis® Keys to Communication -- simple language and effective strategies to empower children -- precisely designed and taught by leaders in the social emotional and child development fields to educators and families.

Presenter Ellen Pritchard Dodge, M.Ed CCC-SLP is a recognized leader in character education and communication skills in the classroom. Ellen has published numerous books and articles in the area of social emotional learning. She is one of the founders of the award winning Kimochis®—toys that were designed to facilitate family communication. Ellen’s interactive workshop style and effective communication strategies and passion for raising children’s social and emotional intelligence makes her a sought-after speaker. Ellen, with Dr. William Pollack, author of Real Boys, collaborated to create classrooms that are academically and socially engaging for boys through Supporting Our Sons. In 2013, Ellen served on Parenting Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. In 2017, The California Speech Language and Hearing Association bestowed Ellen Honors of the Association, which is the highest honor as a significant contributor to the field of Speech and Language Pathology and to the CSHA organization. Ellen is the mother of three daughters and lives in Northern California but treasures her Midwestern roots and large extended family in Chicago.


A workshop for parents and caregivers presented by the Social Emotional Experience Committee (SEE) of the PTA of PS 154.

MON, APRIL 9, 6:30-8:00 pm



Raising Resilient Girls is a 1 hour talk by Girls Leadership Co-Founder Simone Marean. The talk will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session for parents, teachers, and community members

Girls Leadership speaks to parents and teachers across the country about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. In this acclaimed 1-hour talk (followed by a 30 minute Q&A), we share how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. This engaging presentation covers the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.

As written up in Parents Magazine, this talk concentrates on practical advice that can be executed in a real-life setting, such as:

  • Talking about your own not-so-happy feelings;

  • Sharing your mistakes;

  • Helping your daughter to solve her own problems;

  • The Good Girl Phenomenon and conflict as an opportunity for positive change

This presentation is for adults only.


Simone Marean, Girls Leadership Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Simone has taught Girls Leadership programs and presented on girls across the country and internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the American School in Dubai. Simone has a Masters degree in Educational Theatre from NYU and taught at many New York City schools including The Young Women’s Leadership School, and The Brearley School. She has appeared on the Today Show and KQED’s Forum. Simone grew up on the north shore of Boston and graduated from Bryn Mawr College Magna Cum Laude. She now lives in Berkeley, CA.

While this workshop is for adults only, you can visit the Girls’ Leadership website to register for their multi-week mother-daughter classes at PS 154 this spring. Please follow these links to find out more:

Brave Goals, Balanced Friendships

A 4-part series of 90 minute workshops for 2nd and 3rd grade girls
Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 2018, 11:00am-12:30pm
more info

4 Steps for Getting What You Need

A 4-part series of 90 minute workshops for 4th-5th grade girls
Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 2018, 1:00-2:30pm
more info