DonorsChoose Pick: Help Expand Student Engagement in Portland With Chromebooks

“Last year I got a taste of the engagement that overtakes students when they are provided with exciting new technology,” says Teach For America alum Windy Ford (Mississippi Delta ’01). With just a few Chromebooks, her students at Sitton Elementary School in Portland, Oregon were able to improve their reading skills, access extra instructional materials for help in math, and develop a strong passion for writing.

“Students were not only excited to write more with the Chromebooks,” Mrs. Ford says, “but these devices also allowed students to share their work with teachers and peers, to get the feedback needed to strengthen their composition and to produce impactful writing pieces.”

By |September 28th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Unlock the 21st-Century in Florida With Computers

For Teach For America corps member Leah Barsanti (Miami-Dade ’15), it’s important that her students at Horace Mann Middle School continue striving for success and become 21st-century learners.

Technology, of course, will play a vital role in this pursuit. And even though Horace Mann Middle is considered the district’s “technology magnet,” its students are only allotted two hours a month for computer-based learning.

By |September 21st, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Newark Learn African Drumming

Collaboration, honesty, excellence, effort, and respect all play an important role in helping students at Roseville Community Charter School in Newark, New Jersey achieve academic success, says Teach For America corps member Briana Hall (New Jersey ‘16).

“They are in need of love and support to push them into a realm of success,” Ms. Hall says of her students. “Our mission is to prepare EVERY student for academic excellence in high school, college, and beyond.”

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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Keep Kids Moving in Baltimore

“For my students to continue to grow I need to provide a welcoming and abundantly resourced environment,” Teach For America corps member Blake Lyle (Baltimore ’15) says. “My students not only need this from me, but they deserve to have a first-rate classroom!”

Mr. Lyle’s second-grade students at KIPP Harmony Academy in Baltimore are diverse learners and achieve at high levels thanks to their hard work and determination. And in order to keep them engaged, Mr. Lyle understands that he has to provide opportunities for movement within the small confines of his special education classroom.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Detroit Change the World

“My students are some of the brightest, most innovative, hilarious, and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege to meet,” says Teach For America alum Meenakshi Mukherjee (Detroit ’13). “Each day my students work together as a community of learners to meet and surpass goals, solve problems, and ask really important questions about the world around them.”

Ms. Mukherjee’s fourth graders at SW Lighthouse Academy in Detroit are also strong willed, brilliant, passionate, and the future of the city they live in.

A Letter to My Fellow Teachers at the Beginning of the School Year

Dear Teachers,

I want to begin by telling you a story. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve remembered a Walt Disney quote I heard during my first trip to Disneyland: “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” I was the little girl who dreamed about being a Disney princess and marrying Prince Charming when I grew up. Then my dream evolved into wanting to be a teacher whose alter ego was a Disney princess. I wanted to do something in my life that I knew would have a lasting impact, whether on one person or many.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Build Interactive Notebooks in North Carolina

“I want to push innovation in my classroom, to see these new high school students thrive,” says Teach For America corps member Matthew Killian (North Carolina Piedmont Triad ’15).

Mr. Killian teaches a diverse group of ninth-graders at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, North Carolina. Although they come from varied backgrounds—including both rural and urban areas—his students all crave learning in a unique way.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Maryland Aspire to STEM Careers

“Our school’s community is well behind in technology for the advancement of our students,” says Teach For America alum Aaron Cardwell (DC Region ’15). But despite this setback, Mr. Cardwell’s math students at Glenn Dale Elementary School in Glenn Dale, Maryland, still hope to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Understanding that exposure to technology is essential for students interested in pursuing these careers, Mr. Cardwell has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase an interactive whiteboard for his classroom. He currently uses a dry-erase board for daily instruction, but he believes the new technology will enable his students to develop their presentation skills and better solve, analyze, and explain abstract mathematical concepts.