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Growing Inclusion and Equity in the Classroom Through Sorytelling

Growing Inclusion and Equity in the Classroom Through Sorytelling

Mary Musto 138 Views

Our juicy idea transforms evidence based research on social emotional learning (SEL) and disabilities into an accessible format for teachers.  Inclusion and SEL practices establish a safe classroom environment where all students are valued, feel safe, and learn to care for each other.  Most teachers are aware of restorative and inclusive practices but do not know how to grow this type of learning environment—but we do!  We recently published a super cool storybook for teachers to introduce what a caring classroom looks like but that is not enough! They need lessons which explicitly outlines how to make this happen in their own classrooms.


Students, teachers, & families.  We are living in a time where children are increasingly exposed to violence and are experiencing trauma and poverty.  Schools have to be the haven for these young children…a place where everyone is valued and children are taught to be accountable for how they treat each other.  Our storybook and teacher guide lessons have positively impacted the culture of an urban classroom in GR. Come and visit.  Your heart will be touched! We want to share & spread hope!

What I Will Do With $5,000

1) hire an editor to format and publish our teacher guide-it’s all set to go
2) buy and distribute our storybook (It Only Takes One Caring Heart: A Classroom Journey into Inclusive Education by Mary Musto & Bernice Wisnieski) and teacher guide for free to local elementary teachers in West MI
3) develop website for our domain (
4)develop products (stickers & friendship notepads) for our storybook
5) offer training to teachers

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About Mary Musto

Mary Musto holds M.Ed. degrees in Gifted & Talented and Special Education with teaching endorsements in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Impairments. Mary is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is passionate about inclusion and equity. Currently, Mary is employed as a Teacher Consultant at the Kent Intermediate School District. She enjoys mountain biking and hiking in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughters, and their family dog named Clyde.

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