SEL Awardee

Claudia Fitzwater

Drew Charter School
Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta, GA
“This project looks into the history and efficacy of the in-school suspension classroom in our school, the stigma about it and the perceptions about students who do and do not frequent the room. Students in 4th and 5th grade will team up with teachers in Spanish, robotics and gifted education to find solutions that impact students regarding the relation between space, behaviors, collaboration and positive reinforcement. Students will be engaged in the Design Thinking Process to answer the following questions: How can we change the stigma related to the in-school suspension classroom and transform it into a zone of self-regulation and wellness? How can we collaborate to craft solutions that benefit different groups of students? Do we need a room?”
Tags: Charter School, Elementary School, ELs, Teacher, Urban, Use of Space