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Ms. Bertocchi from Washington DC is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Learning to Talk and Talking to Learn in Prekindergarten

I need supplies such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and various types of picture cards to help the students in my Early Learning Support Classroom to become confident communicators.

  • $174 goal

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My Students

In our classroom, no two days are ever the same and no two students are the same. There are a lot of the same skills we’re working on, though! My early learning support class is comprised of students with developmental disabilities. All of the students are developing language skills which will help them to be successful in kindergarten and beyond, and many of them are developing skills in English and a home language (Spanish or Amharic) simultaneously. Our school is 99% free and reduced meals in Washington DC.

My Project

Students in my classroom work every day to build their language skills and become more confident in their play. My goal as an educator is to support them in developing those skills so they're ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and picture cards will allow me to assess, teach and progress monitor effectively so that the students in my self-contained early childhood special education class make growth in their pre-kindergarten years and are ready to be the best kindergarteners they can be.

By targeting where students are and understanding where they're going next, I'll be able to better support them as they learn in my classroom.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 10 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
VB-MAPP: Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program, Full Set • Amazon Business $58.50 1 $58.50
Learning Resources Basic Vocabulary Photo Cards • Amazon Business $25.64 1 $25.64
Picture My Picture Go Together Flash Cards: 40 Association Language Photo Cards • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Picture My Picture Feelings and Emotions Flash Cards: 40 Emotion Language Photo Cards • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50

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