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Ms. Mason from Youngstown OH is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Creating a Climate of Resilience: Early Childhood Arts and PBIS

I need professional development in Early Childhood Arts, Social Emotional Learning, and Culture. As I am renewing my license, I will be attending the Ohio Association of Education for Young Children Annual Conference on April.

  • $351 goal

This project expired on March 25, 2020.

This project expired on March 25, 2020.

My Students

Kindergarten through Third Grade students in my school are very curious, creative, and talented scholars! They are working on reading and behavior goals, some as English language learners and many others with diverse learning styles and specific needs. Many of these students are learning coping skills, self regulation, and social emotional skills. They have reading improvement goals as well. We strive to help these student use positive behavior when learning. Early intervention is so important in determining success for these scholars, especially since they attend school in an impoverished urban area, in which the data reveals that school success is achieved by additional supports in the community and school. My students love to learn through use of the Arts, therefore; as the Art teacher in my elementary school, I strive to support behavior and academics using PBIS. I work to motivate the students to get excited about reading, math, and art-making in order to improve their school experience. Together, WE are finding character strengths using social-emotional curriculum to guide their self-exploration. They are discovering their identity as well as their role in the school community and society. I strive to motivate learning about themselves and learn to creatively problem solve.

My Project

Developing skills in teaching Early Childhood students is an ongoing journey of growth. It involves learning about cultural intelligence, supporting diverse learners, and having high expectations for excellence. All of this occurs while you teach students to be resilience and monitor your responses versus reactions to student behavior. During this conference I will have the opportunity to learn from several experienced professionals including Keynote speaker, Deshauna who has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire, and strengthen the people around her! She inspires educators to never forget the impact you have on the children you teach.

Learning sessions include educating teachers who are helping children develop anger releases by establishing and practicing positive ways for children to express their anger.

I will take back effective strategies that encourages children to express all feelings in positive ways. I am trying new practices to help my school “Create a Climate of Composure,” by teaching and promoting self-regulation. I will have the opportunity to develop resiliency strategies and will leave empowered to bring new strategies to my PBIS and Climate Culture Team.

Sessions provide participants an opportunity to understand and analyze the value of cultivating empathy for children and their families. Learned techniques to improve communication with families and promote healthy environments will help to support “acceptance over tolerance,” in my school. Effective communication is one of the most important social skills including talking, listening, and body language.

A Communication session, will help me to identify “brain states, triggers and how to help children self-regulate using the five steps of self-regulation (I Feel, I Calm, I Choose, I Connect, I Solve) and the Safe Place.” I want to leave with a plan to use these strategies in my classroom, with coworkers, and with parents.

Ms. Mason
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 105 students.

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Activity OAEYC - Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children $264.00

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