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Mrs. Stanziano from Pittsburgh PA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Breathe for Change: Teaching Social-Emotional Wellness Through Mindfulness and Yoga

I need funding for training to help me empower my at-risk students with wellness tools!

  • $2,060 goal

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Celebrate Black Teachers and Students

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

My school is a specialized center school for students diagnosed with an emotional disturbance. All students are considered Tier 3 students, which requires the most restrictive environment.  Students are placed at our school due to behaviors that prevent them from being successful in the district’s comprehensive schools.  These behaviors include verbal and physical aggression, the lack of impulse control, and significant antisocial behavior. 

Many of our students have been pushed out of multiple schools, including Approved Private Schools, as the consequences for maladaptive behaviors do not positively alter their behavior.  Our students have complex needs and our building is unsafe at times.

They need alternative ways of learning academically and emotionally.

My Project

Breathe for Change is a wellness training program created by educators for educators. Upon graduation, I will become certified to lead social-emotional learning and trauma informed programs at my school and at other places in need. I can lead yoga sessions for students and staff, as well as lead wellness experiences for other educators in my district. Additionally, I will earn a nationally recognized RYT-200 yoga teacher certification. This training enhances the well-being of educators, students, and greater school communities by training educators in meaningful areas of meditation, philosophy, anatomy, social-emotional strategy, and yoga practice.

My students are severely at-risk and this training will provide me with more tools and strategies to empower their well-being.

Learning wellness tools like mindfulness and yoga empower students to love, take care of, and advocate for themselves. These tools help our students cope with the trauma that accompanies their adverse lives.

Mrs. Stanziano
Grades 6-8

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Component Company Total
Activity Breathe for Change $1,445.00
Activity Breathe for Change Deposit $250.00

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