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The Willows Community School Introduces New Social Emotional Programming & Speaker Series Events

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The Willows Community School holds an ongoing commitment to the social and emotional development of children and inclusivity. Specific focus is on creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, community, cross-cultural competency and character.

Recognizing that character and heart are essential,  The Willows is integrating RULER, the evidence-based program designed to teach social and emotional intelligence skills, into its curriculum.  Developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, RULER offers a unified, sophisticated language for students, teachers and parents to identify and discuss issues and emotions in themselves and others in appropriate, meaningful ways. (

Other news includes that The Willows will hold two special events centering on the important issues of emotional intelligence and diversity this fall…

First, on November 5th,  the Willows will host a Diversity in Children’s Literature author panel, featuring young adult authors including  Brittany Colbert, author of “Pointe,” Michelle Gagnon, author of  “Don’t Turn Around” (also currently writing a transgender novel), and Nicola Yoon, author of “Everything, Everything”.

Next, on November 18th, The Willows will host a talk entitled Emotions Matter: From Recognizing to Regulating Emotions by the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Marc Brackett.

Both of these November special events are free and open to the public.  Registrations are required, though. Please join in by registering at

Meanwhile, to better serve students, and enhance the Developmental Kindergarten through eighth grade model, The Willows has introduced an exciting, innovative restructuring.

One key addition was the creation of the Director of Student Life position, to work with students, parents and faculty on social emotional issues, and to lead the life skills program.


Christina Kim is the new Director of Student Life. She holds a Master of Education and Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Education, Special Education and Elementary Education from Bank Street College and a Bachelor of Science from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. Christina most recently worked at The School at Columbia University, the Manhattan School for Children and The Town School.

Another update in positions at The Willows includes that Terri Baird, formerly The Willows’ Lower School Director, will now be the new Director of Academic Studies and Programs.

“All of these developments and events reflect The Willows’ continued commitment to prepare its students as citizens of their community and future world leaders,” states Head of School, Lisa Rosenstein,  “as well as our desire to contribute to the lasting learning of our parent community and all of Los Angeles.”

About The Willows:

Founded in 1994, The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through 8th grade non-profit, co-educational independent school enrolling 445 students annually. Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates technology and the arts into the classroom.

The Willows is strongly committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles. More than 24% of its student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 55 zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area. To learn more, please visit – and see “where great minds grow”.

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