Simpsonville Goddard School Teacher and Director Highlighted at National Education Conference

Two staff members from The Goddard School located in Simpsonville, SC, took the stage at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Nov. 17, as they delivered a speech on social and emotional development for young children.

Junior kindergarten teacher, Ashlee Summer, and Director, Kim Groves, were invited to speak at the national convention to share their insight on implementing FRES-CLAK in classrooms across the country. Ashlee integrated FRES-CLAK in her classroom through activities and ideas that focus on social and emotional development, which earned her The Goddard School’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2017.

FRES-CLAK stands for friendship, respect, empathy, sharing, compassion, love, acceptance and kindness. The model outlines the importance of including intentional, structured social and emotional learning in the classroom. FRES-CLAK also outlines different strategies and techniques that teachers can use in their classroom.

“Children in this generation are struggling to communicate their social and emotional needs,” said Ashlee. “FRES-CLAK provides a platform for them to have an open voice and is an outlet for them to express their feelings in a healthy way.”

“Goddard is always on the cutting edge and trying new things, so FRES-CLAK was the perfect fit,” said Kim. “It addresses the needs of children that goes beyond A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s to focus on the whole child and promotes a healthy aspect of understanding others.”

Ashlee and Kim submitted a proposal to NAEYC to present in Washington, D.C. this year. They were selected as one of the presenters to show other educators from across the country how effective it is in the classroom. Their presentation was called Social and Emotional Development for young children: Using the FRES-CLAK model and how to implement it in your classroom.

“Having Ashlee and Kim speak at the national NAEYC convention is a tremendous achievement and we are all very proud of them,” said Bill Hyatt, onsite owner of The Goddard School located in Simpsonville, SC. “This was a great opportunity to show the nation just how important early childhood education is.”

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