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|Comments Off on Sign Up Today to Join StoryCorps and Our Community of Storytellers|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Baltimore Dissect Frogs

Teach For America corps member Nakai Corral (Baltimore `16) teaches a group of motivated, excited, and curious biology students at Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland. They’re so enthusiastic about learning that they’re begging their teacher non-stop for frogs to dissect.

By |October 26th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Baltimore Dissect Frogs|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Integrate Science and Literature in Atlanta

Teach For America alum Shandrea Hardeman (Las Vegas Valley ’11) refers to her classroom as a beehive. And her students, she says, are curious, energetic, and hardworking kids who hang onto every word of the day’s lesson.

“If you came in and just watched,” she says, “you’d see 25 students buzzing around with an intense focus on completing the task at hand.”

By |October 19th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Integrate Science and Literature in Atlanta|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Classroom in Charlotte

Teach For America alum Kaylona Scott (Charlotte ’14) describes her students at Ashley Park Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina as intelligent, outgoing, and charismatic. And as Ms. Park goes into her third year of teaching she hopes to encourage her students to change the world despite the challenges they face in their lives.

“My scholars are faced with huge obstacles that begin outside of school,” she says. “I am often faced with the challenge of creating an environment that is consistent, comfortable, and engaging.”

By |October 12th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Classroom in Charlotte|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Make Young Readers Laugh in Berkeley

The kids at Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California love to read. They also love to laugh.

“We check out over 600 books a week,” Emerson Elementary librarian and Teach For America alum Zoe Uran Williams (Greater New Orleans ’95) says. “The library is a vibrant place where kids are able to find books that reflect their interests and tastes. We want everyone to find a book they love every time they visit the library.”

By |October 5th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Make Young Readers Laugh in Berkeley|

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|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Expand Student Engagement in Portland With Chromebooks|

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|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Unlock the 21st-Century in Florida With Computers|

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.”

By |September 7th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Newark Learn African Drumming|