Hi! My name is ErinKelli Kilbane, and I am an artist and Special Education Teacher in a high poverty school in NYC. Last year I was accepted to the prestigious Teaching Fellows Program, which is an accelerated teaching certification pathway. Along the way I have formed lots of new friends and colleagues across public schools all over NYC, many of them also teaching students Special Needs.
More often than not, public school budgets are minimal and are seriously lacking the supplies teachers need to create an engaging curriculum. In situations like these, acquiring necessary materials for instruction falls on our shoulders. We are a creative bunch of educators dedicated to the success of our students, but with limited time and monetary access, the burden becomes stressful. I am advocating for me and all my pedagogical colleagues when I ask for your help!
Autism causes students to struggle with engagement, and school is no exception. I am constantly trying to find new and exciting ways to help my students remain engaged in instruction.
ALL learners must be presented material in a variety of ways and given multiple opportunities to access and master a curriculum.
Students with Autism often struggle with social interactions, activities of daily living, emotion regulation, fine motor skills, developmental cognitive delays, and sensory deficiencies.
Play is serious learning for my students and the most effective strategy for engagement.
Structured play encourages using problem solving skills for real world application. The methods I employ give students an active role in the learning process, rather than just being receivers of content.
I have taken this opportunity to collaborate with Hub17 Studio & Gallery to ask the public for donations of toys, supplies, and materials that otherwise will be discarded, to take to our classrooms. Drop off dates start the first week of January, and I will open the event up to all educators to take what they want free of charge on January 7.
Give us your unwanted toys and supplies! We will take anything you’re willing to give but specifically look for educational items, office supplies, and items to teach activities of daily living.
Here is a list of ideas.
Dolls/ Doll Clothes
Dress up Sets
Bean Bag Chairs/ Blankets
Educational Baby Toys
Play-Do & Play-Do Toys
Toy Instruments/ Noise Makers
Picture Books/ Story Books
Paper Clips/ staples
Dry Erase Markers
Folders/ File folders
Pencil Cases/ Storage Boxes
Drop Off Dates:
12/31 12pm - 5pm
1/2 -1/6 1pm -6pm
email: Erinkellikilbane@gmail.com or txt 718-309-2704