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Mrs. Sir Hendrey from Fort Worth TX is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Teachers College Writing Project in New York City

Teacher Professional Development: I need to attend Lucy Calkins' Writing Project at Columbia University during the summer 2015. <profdevpilot>

  • $1,021 goal

This project expired on February 24, 2015.

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My Students

Maya Angelou once said "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Students are bursting at the seams to tell their stories.

I have been teaching at an applied learning school for the past 8 years.

Our students' learning is primarily through projects that are based on the students' interests. I teach ESL students in kindergarten. As part of the applied learning process, my students have completed both academic and service projects. As the teacher, I facilitate these projects and point students in the "right direction." In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to attend Lucy Calkins' Writing Project at Columbia University.

My Project

During writing workshop students are given the various tools to help get their story out. Although we are born natural storytellers, the process of writing sometimes creates a roadblock for many young students. In my classroom, I foster a stress-free environment where they learn to take risks while writing. Students love to share what they can do, especially with the people they care for. Attending Teachers College Writing Project as an advanced participant, I will have the chance to delve deeper into specific content and learning. A better understanding of what kindergarten writing workshop entails would have a lasting effect in my classroom. This project covers the cost of registration to attend Lucy Calkins' Writing Project during the summer 2015. Registration will be due upon acceptance in March 2015.

I was fortunate enough to attend the summer writing institute in 2014.

I brought back with me a better understanding of what kindergarten writing really looks like. I was able to step back and allow the students to drive their own learning with me as a guide. For the first time, I allowed my students to take ownership of their writing. I hope to become equipped with all the tools to help create readers and writers, but most importantly, children who are passionate for learning.

Mrs. Sir Hendrey
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Activity Teachers College Reading and Writing Project $825.00

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