As we continue to navigate pandemic-affected lives, therapist Ron Taffel and Learning Specialist Zubeida Ullah-Eilenberg will share recommendations for relating to and communicating with your children and their schools. How can we support our children as learners while also nurturing their mental health? How do we advocate for them at home and at school? We invite you to use the registration form to share your questions and concerns so Zubeida and Ron can know what is on your minds. This session is timed around curriculum night and mid-year reports to help provide guidance as families move into the full swing of the school year
Ron Taffel, PhD is the author of eight books and over one hundred professional and popular articles translated into numerous languages. Dr. Taffel’s background in individual, family and child therapy led to his uniquely practical views on parenting all age groups – with a watchful eye toward 21st century pressures on our children, families and schools.
Zubeida Ullah-Eilenberg, M.S.Ed. is a New York State licensed Learning Specialist who focuses on relatedness and socialization skills for early childhood and school-age learners. With a deep commitment to a team-based approach to inclusion, Zubeida’s work has centered on strengthening families and classroom communities for 25 years. Zubeida is currently employed as a 2s Head Teacher and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Coordinator in the Early Childhood Division at Rodeph Sholom School; she also leads weekly Pre-K/K Sholom Adventures at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Zubeida attended Bard College and received her B.A. in American studies. She then went on to receive her Master’s from Adelphi University in Special Education for School Age Learners (K-12) and Elementary Education (Pre-K – 6), writing her Master Seminar Paper on depression in Preschool Aged Children. Upon becoming Bat Mitzvah with the B’nai Mitzvah Class of 5775 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Zubeida shifted her focus from the individual model of education to one focused on community. To that end, Zubeida worked as a full time ICT/Special Education and Yoga Teacher with the New York City Department of Education before finding her way to Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Rodeph Sholom School where she discovered a passion for accessible Jewish Education. She is especially proud of her work as a special educator for the Steinman Program at CRS, which provided small group access to Jewish Studies for students with specialized needs, and her collaboration with the Accessibility Advisory Committee at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.