AY21-22 FuelEd Fellows completed Capstone Projects to support them in creating transformational change by bridging core learning and innovative relationship practices to their spheres of influence in order to bring about more educator social-emotional learning and secure relationships. Learn more below!
Assistant Director, Foundation for Early Childhood Education
Makia Akinola Thomas
Assistant Principal, Stovall Primary, Aldine ISD
Early Interventionist and Masters Student, University of Oregon-EI, SCESD
Director, St. Theresa Early Childhood Center
Compliance Director, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
Early Head Start Teacher - PACE
2nd Grade Teacher, BakerRipley Charter School
Chief of Operations & Co-Founder, Community Preschools
Rasha Hameed Alhalaichi
Director and Lead Teacher, Little Village Preschool & Childcare
Gloria’s capstone project aimed to improve the mental health of early childhood educators by working with the Unions CFT and AFT to develop interventions to support the development of empathy fellowship cohorts in public schools, and present to management teams how empathy fellowships can be developed to support Early Childhood educators mental health.
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Rasha’s capstone project aimed to support teachers in her school - many of whom are refugees and single moms - in developing self-care routines, deeper self-acceptance, and trusting relationships with one another by providing weekly empathy circles and yoga classes, and advocating for her school to adopt 12 fully paid days off for teachers during the year.
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Jaciel’s capstone project aimed to address the structural problems that don’t allow top-down systems to work as they should in early childhood education by working through a deep analysis of early childhood infrastructure to identify ways that top-down efforts could work to create systemic change that enable early childhood models to thrive.
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Melanie’s capstone project aimed to support staff in developing emotional wellbeing, so they can be present and able to support themselves, each other, and their students by providing professional development on the qualities of secure attachment, impact of personal emotional triggers, and how to build skills to communicate needs, with ongoing learning and support opportunities to experience co-regulation.
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Shelby’s capstone project aimed to support families to feel empowered and confident in addressing the social and emotional needs of their children by providing a variety of resources - handouts, one-on-one survival planning and subsequent guides, and website information - to develop and build social and emotional skills.
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Makia’s capstone project aimed to improve organizational culture, improve collaboration and decrease feelings of isolation and overwhelm on teams by utilizing FuelEd principles to conduct “empathy interviews” to develop action plan for strengthening organizational culture through relationship building opportunities
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Rachel’s capstone project aimed to address the high level of burnout and low retention rates in my district by providing ongoing and relevant SEL learning through Podcast episodes centering on topics educators want to hear more about, and processing spaces to dive deeper into topics discussed, connect in community, and strengthen SEL skills.
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Sarah’s capstone project aims to support educators in managing the prevalent stress and burn out they are experiencing by providing a series of training opportunities to share knowledge and skills to address the impacts of stress and burnout, and build resilience.
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Jocelyn’s capstone project aims to support educators in developing ways to more consistently model secure attachment behavior by leading a group of Head Start supervisors in learning how to identify their emotional triggers, and to use at least one or more strategies to stay in a secure mode instead of a reactive mode when those triggers appear.
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