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Mrs. Baldwin from Jasper MO is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Ron Clark Academy, Here I Come!

I need to attend the 2-day Ron Clark Academy to see best educational practices in action.

  • $1,630 goal

This project expired on September 16, 2018.

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My Students

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." --Benjamin Franklin

As the K-12 school librarian, in charge of both K-6th grade and 7-12th grade libraries, I am blessed to impact the lives of my students throughout their entire public education career.

My students live in a rural community (population approx. 1005) in southwest Missouri. The nearest public libraries are more than 10 miles away and are not available to most of my students' families without them paying an annual usage fee.

I instruct K-6th students each week as part of my school's specials rotation (55 minute class periods). Students experience a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) MakerSpace learning environment at least once a quarter during their time with me.

7-12th grade students may visit the school library on an open schedule. If I am unavailable to help them (due to my teaching responsibilities in the elementary library), my full-time non-certified aide is available.

I collaborate with teachers to make my instruction relevant to the real-world and to integrate research. Most importantly, I desire to instill a life-long love of reading.

My Project

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." —Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote is near the front door of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Being familiar with Ron Clark's book "The Essential 55," and knowing Disney has previously selected him as a National Teacher of the Year, a visit to the Ron Clark Academy has been part of my educator "bucket list" for quite some time.

During my two-day training at the Ron Clark Academy, I will receive the opportunity to experience the school culture and observe classes in action.

The best thing about attending the Ron Clark Academy is the ability to come back to my school and replicate the ideas I have seen in my own library instruction. I will share what I have learned with my colleagues so that others in my district can implement the educational best practices in their own classroom.

Mrs. Baldwin
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 470 students.

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Lodging $200.00
Activity Ron Clark Academy $925.00
Food Area Restaurants $60.00
Transportation Delta Airlines $150.00

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