“Children are not good at listening to their elders; however, they are great at imitating them.”
Children’s emotional well-being during their early years has a powerful and profound effect on their social relationships. Research has shown that when children are socially and emotionally healthy, they can establish and maintain positive relationships with adults and peers.


This workshop is designed to help teachers, administrators, families, and other caregivers understand that social and emotional learning is an integral part of education and human development.


  • Discuss why it is important to be more intentional
    about teaching social emotional skills
  • Identify strategies used to support the
    development of B-ROW skills.
  • Define emotional literacy and develop activities
    that build on social emotional development.
  • Understand the importance of providing
    opportunities for children to begin to understand
    their own, as well as others’ emotions.
  • Use strategies needed to help children control
    anger and handle disappointment.
  • Recognize developmental milestones in children.

About Presenter:

Rufus Johnson, Ed. D., a retired educator, has devoted more than 40 years of his life to educating young people in the public schools, colleges and universities, and young people detained in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. He has extensive experience in working with youth in both general education as well as students with disabilities. His recent activities include facilitating the Strategic Planning process for the Department of Juvenile Justice, working with teachers pursuing certification, and coordinating the Georgia DJJ through AdvancED / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.
Dr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in English and the Master of Arts degree in English Education from Mercer University (Macon, GA), the Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Education degree in School Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). While employed in the Macon-Bibb County School System, he rose through the ranks as a substitute teacher, certified classroom teacher and supervising principal for 21 years emerging as a student advocate and parent supporter. He then spent three years working throughout the state where he helped develop curriculums and workshops teaching others about the importance of Character Education and practicing good social skills in the home, at school, the community, and in the workplace.
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