Educators in Charlotte, North Carolina, are using Charlotte Mason’s curriculum to teach kids about mental health, the environment and the health of our environment.
Mason, the CEO of Charlotte’s Metropolitan Health Plan, recently launched her own curriculum for teachers in the Charlotte area, and now has a curriculum for school districts across the state.
Mason’s first two curriculums, which she says were created specifically to help her community in Charlotte prepare for the 2020 presidential election, are the first of their kind in North Carolina.
Mason says that she wants her community to be prepared for the impact of climate change and the threat of terrorism and to prepare for an array of issues in our society, including the threat from the opioid epidemic and the epidemic of gun violence in our communities.
Mason believes that the lessons of these curriculies will be useful in educating children about their communities and in helping them prepare for their future.
“I think it is important that we educate students, particularly in schools, in a way that gives them the ability to think critically and be aware of what the consequences of their actions are going to be,” Mason says.
“We need to be ready for the consequences that are going on.
If we can teach children to be aware, then they will be prepared.
They will be able to see that their actions have consequences and they will think about what they are doing.”
Mason is excited about the new curriculum, which is being designed by Charlotte-based design firm, Design and Craft.
The company designed the curriculum to address what Mason sees as the most important issues facing her community.
Mason explains that the curriculum, while being geared towards educators, also has a broader purpose: it is meant to help schools have a better understanding of mental health and the environment.
“The curriculum that I have put together for my community is about what is the right way to teach mental health in a safe environment,” Mason said.
It is about how to prepare students for the future. “
Instead, it is about teaching students about the things that are important to them.
It is about how to prepare students for the future.
It provides a framework to help teachers, parents, students, staff and administrators be more effective in their role of being educators and helping students understand their mental health needs.”
Mason says the curriculum addresses a wide range of issues from the prevention of child abuse to preventing bullying.
Mason said the curriculum includes an overview of the importance of healthy living in children’s health, including prevention of obesity and other health conditions, as well as a discussion of the role of physical activity in maintaining mental health.
Mason also points out that the new curricula addresses topics that are not just relevant to Charlotte but the entire state, from protecting our environment to understanding the health impacts of climate changes.
Mason explained that one of the key messages of the new program is that mental health is not a black and white issue.
“This is not just about Charlotte.
This is not only about my community, this is about all the communities,” Mason explained.
“And I think this is what we need to do.
And I think we need teachers to understand that mental illness is not black and blue.”
Mason said that her new curriculum is being developed with input from her students, parents and educators.
She said that she is committed to providing her students with tools and resources to be successful in their classrooms.
“What we’re trying to do here is to be very intentional about this,” Mason continued.
“My hope is that students will have the resources they need, they will have support, and they can help shape the curriculum.”
Mason believes she is creating a learning experience that can help her students learn how to think, communicate, communicate in a non-judgmental way, and be mindful of their mental well-being.
She believes that students can be empowered to create a curriculum that is helpful for their learning environment.
In addition to her new program, Mason has partnered with the Charlotte Area School District and the Charlotte NAACP to develop a mental health curriculum for educators.
Mason plans to introduce this curriculum to all of her students in the fall.
“That is something that I think will be a huge success,” Mason noted.
“There is no question that we have a lot of people in our community who have mental health issues, and it is something we need them to know.
We need to have their knowledge and their experience and their skills, and we need those in our schools.
And so that’s what I’m trying to bring to the table, is that we need a way to talk about mental illness in a positive way and not just a negative way.”
Mason has been a teacher in Charlotte for about four years and has been teaching for seven years.
She is currently the director of curriculum development at Charlotte-area high schools.