DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Illinois Keep in Tune

As a music teacher, Teach For America alum Amber Kenis (Mississippi ’11) is sharing her own love for music with students at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. And in just four years—since the reintroduction of the music program after an eight-year hiatus—the school’s music program has grown from a small group of 10 students to more than 250.

“These students have set a solid foundation for the program so that it highlights some of the district’s best qualities,” Ms. Kenis says. “They are eager and excited to learn more about music. We just can’t keep them busy!!” (She admits this is a great problem to have, but not the only one they’re facing.)

By |January 12th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Floor Space for Students in Louisiana

Teach For America alum Samantha Slim (South Louisiana ’11) teaches a group of inquisitive third graders that are always on the hunt for knowledge.

“They come from backgrounds that are often challenging and overwhelming,” Ms. Slim says of her students from Rosenwald Elementary School in New Roads, Louisiana. “However, each day they are looking forward to learning and exploring.”

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

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in New Orleans Express Their Creativity

The students at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak in New Orleans, Louisiana live and breathe creativity. And their teacher, Teach For America alum Leslie Goldberg (Mississippi Delta ’10), understands just how important a role the arts play in the lives of her students.

“Art and music are a way of life here,” Ms. Goldberg says, “and infusing it into our schools honors our community and gives our students a chance to express themselves and become woven into the fabric of our city.”

By |December 14th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Spark Scientific Curiosity in Phoenix

“Our first graders come to school every day with never-ending questions about the world,” says Teach For America corps member Alexandra Harper (Phoenix ’16). “Their curiosity and desire to learn has no boundaries.”

Ms. Harper works hard to inspire a curiosity in science among her students from Pioneer Preparatory School in Phoenix, Arizona. During the course of the school year, her kids will learn about the human body, nutrition, and even astronomy. Though her students are able to take part in a variety of engaging projects, Ms. Harper acknowledges that when it comes to instilling a lifelong love of science among her students, hands-on, interactive exposure to science and STEM is critical.

By |December 7th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Minnesota Develop a Love of Learning

“My students are already facing more challenges than most of us can imagine,” says Teach For America corps member Megan Koehnen (Twin Cities ’16). “As the children of immigrants, they are faced with the daunting responsibility of making their parents’ sacrifices worth it.”

Ms. Koehnen’s students at Higher Ground Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota are often first- and second-generation immigrants from East Africa and have come to the United States with their families in search of better opportunities. They’re also joyous, witty, and energetic, Ms. Koehnen adds, and have a deep interest in science and experimenting in the lab. But exploring their passion for science is limited, however, by a lack of lab equipment and resources.

By |November 30th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Bring Yoga and Wellness to Students in Oakland

The students at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, California face many barriers to academic success. Despite these challenges, they show up to school each day ready to succeed.

“The weight that many of my students carry on their shoulders is far beyond what any six-year-old should have to handle,” says their teacher, Teach For America alum Roya Bazaei (Bay Area ’12). “But still, 24 bubbly faces bounce into my classroom each morning, ready and eager to learn.”

By |November 22nd, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Tulsa Build an Equitable and Bright Future

Teach For America alum Nicky DeMoss (Greater Tulsa ’12) understands just how pivotal a learning environment infused with arts and technology—one that focuses on social-emotional development and holds kids to high expectations—is for her students’ academic success.

“Our students are deeply bright, incredibly insightful, and powerful young men and women who are creating visions for their futures and taking active steps toward achieving their goals,” Mrs. DeMoss says. “By providing targeted intervention, I am helping to propel my students toward deeper and broader content understanding, increased achievement, and high levels of confidence and competence.”

By |November 16th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

Sign Up Today to Join StoryCorps and Our Community of Storytellers

Teach For America is once again partnering with StoryCorps, the national oral-history project, to help your students gather important stories from their families during The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016. It’s not just turkey, stuffing, and pie that are on tap this Thanksgiving, but great conversation too!

StoryCorps is encouraging students to join together this holiday season and interview an elder member of their family about their personal history. With StoryCorps’ free app, students will be able to record their conversation and share it with the world, just as teacher Michelle Fockler did this past year. And teachers can take advantage of this teacher resource toolkit that includes detailed instructions on how to help students get started, permission slips, lesson plans, and follow-up activities.

By |October 27th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|