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Mrs. Pilhoefer from Santa Barbara CA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Looking for New Ways to Improve My Teaching!

I need new ways to improve my teaching and better serve our students through high-quality professional development, specific to art teachers.

  • $230 goal

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My Students

Situated on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel, CES has provided quality educational services to its diverse student population since 1959. Teachers and parents engage in a process of evaluation, planning, and implementation to ensure that students realize their full potential as thoughtful, informed and creative members of society.

We believe children learn best when they engage in a variety of meaningful activities in a challenging, structured and positive environment.

All members of the CES community collaborate to offer learning programs that enable all children to maximize their academic, social and emotional growth and promote their development into thoughtful, productive and responsible citizens.

We are a Title I school with extraordinary socioeconomic need. Sixty-six percent of our population are English Language Learners, however our parental support and engagement is strong! CES is a Character Counts school and focuses on restorative approaches. Restorative approaches are a systematic approach to developing the skills needed for conflict resolution and enhancing relationships. At CES we will employ the RA process to guide decisions on policy, programs, and practice. RA is a philosophy that creates opportunities to develop and promote empathy and accountability through conversation.

My Project

I am always looking for new ways to improve my teaching and better serve our students. However, it can be difficult to find high-quality professional development that is specific to art teachers. That is why I’m so excited about the possibility of attending The Art of Education University’s Art Ed Now Winter Online Conference. If you’re unfamiliar, The Art of Education University has a reputation for hosting high-quality events that focus on relevant, real-world professional development for art teachers. The Art Ed Now Conference brings together some of the biggest voices in art education to spark new ideas and transform student learning. Past conferences have featured famous artists, authors, and TED Talk presenters as well as many other leading voices in the field. In addition to greatly impacting students in the classroom, the Art Ed Now conference will provide me with professional development hours. I will be able to access all of the presentations and downloads for a full calendar year to implement real-time to my 330 students. In addition, I will have the opportunity to network and brainstorm with other art educators from across the country through this unique online platform. The skills and ideas that I could bring back from the conference would be invaluable to my students and will benefit our school goals. I know that I would come away with countless ways to engage, inspire, and support our students. I would be happy to put together a presentation or report after the event with major takeaways, tips, and ideas for my colleagues.

Mrs. Pilhoefer
Grades 3-5

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Online • Art of Education University $149.00 1 $149.00

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