DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students Store and Transfer Their Work

Teach For America alum Samantha Corvino (Chicago-Northwest Indiana ’10) believes technology will serve as a gateway to future success for her students at Pritzker College Prep in Chicago. But first they need access to it.

“Without technology, most students don’t make it through the four years to get their college degree,” Ms. Corvino says. “It’s surprising how many students struggle in college due to lack of technology resources.”

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Empower Students in Brooklyn Through Technology

Teach For America alum Leigh Conner (Los Angeles ’10) believes technology can empower her middle school students at Unity Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn to live fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. But for her kids to succeed, they need to experience the same technology in middle school that they’ll soon encounter in high school, college, and the world beyond.

“My students are eager to learn the latest technology and keep up with their peers from more affluent schools,” Ms. Conner says. “But the vast majority of my students do not have access to computers or Internet at home and only get to use what is available in the school.”

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Florida Learn About the Natural World

Teach For America corps member Romy Ginsberg (Miami-Dade ’16) teaches a group of students at Norland Middle School in Miami Gardens, Florida whose curiosity causes them to inquire about everything.

Eager to learn about the natural world, her students are learning how to think scientifically. They have a solid foundation in scientific concepts—think classification of living things—and actively reinforce what they learn by participating in hands-on activities like dissection. But resources are limited.

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Houston Develop a Love of Reading

Teach For America alum Samantha Marquez (Houston ’14) believes her students at YES Prep West in Houston are redefining what is possible when it comes to reading.

“Many come from low-income families and struggle with a variety of issues before they even walk into the classroom,” Ms. Marquez says. “As a reading intervention teacher and the school’s librarian, I’ve seen all of our students embrace a whatever-it-takes attitude to ensure their personal literary growth.”

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Arkansas Hit One Out of the Park

Three years ago, Teach For America alum Chelsea Henderson (Arkansas ’13) wanted to provide a safe after-school outlet for her students at Earle High School in Arkansas, so she started a pick-up baseball league.

The league offers students a safe place to go after school that emphasizes health, teamwork, and self-discipline, and has become wildly popular in three short years—growing from six boys playing catch, to two full junior varsity and varsity teams. But with such a high level of interest, Ms. Henderson finds herself unable to provide her players with all the equipment they need to take the field.

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in the Bronx Program Their Robot

Teach For America alum Carolyn Gisondi (New York ’08) teaches a diverse group of students at PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx. Though the backgrounds of her students differ—with many hailing from Central and South America, and some as far away as Bangladesh—they always come together and work as one to achieve their goals, Mrs. Gisondi says.

This year, Mrs. Gisondi’s class is participating in a new initiative aimed at providing high-quality computer science education to students in New York City—Computer Science For All—and will work as a team to test their programming skills.

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Berkeley Immerse Themselves in History

Teach For America alum Stefanie Wissmann (New York ’04) teaches a group of curious and energetic fourth graders at Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley, California.

“They love learning more about themselves, each other, and the world,” Ms. Wissman says. “They are definitely voracious readers and enjoy learning about history.”

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her students also love to go on field trips to complement what they’re learning in the classroom—especially when it comes to Native Americans, European explorers, and the Gold Rush.

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Dallas Strengthen Their School Community

Teach For America alum Valeria Estrada (Dallas – Fort Worth ’14) is working hard to strengthen her school community and engage students with extracurricular activities. One way she’s doing so is by helping her kids at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School in Dallas start a school newspaper to keep students, parents, and the community up to date on all the happenings on campus.

“Our students crave opportunities to use technology to create things and share them with their peers and parents,” Ms. Estrada says.

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