Researchers have found that funded DonorsChoose projects boost student achievement and inspire teachers to stay in the profession — despite their low cost.1
Average cost of a fully funded project
Of projects are fully funded
Of US public schools have at least one teacher who has posted a project
I'm obsessed with DonorsChoose. I know for a fact I wouldn't be the teacher that I am, and I wouldn't be passionate, and I wouldn't be excited about teaching as much as I am. Because I know if I read about something, or I see something in a magazine, I know it can be a DonorsChoose resource.
DonorsChoose has a great impact on my teaching, specifically thinking about my students with disabilities. One example is the project that enables my students to read along and use their devices for a text to speech experience. This type of differentiated instruction is especially important within my education setting, where some students may not be able to consume traditional paper-based lessons.
Every single time I get a donation it feels like a little tiny cheering squad telling me that what I do is important and people are happy to support both my students and myself. There are so many barriers we face as teachers, especially this school year, and each donation teachers receive is a way to help overcome these barriers!
1 "Crowdfunding the Front Lines: An Empirical Study of Teacher-Driven School Improvement," "Stopping the Revolving Door: An Empirical and Textual Study of Crowdfunding and Teacher Turnover" — Samantha Keppler, Jun Li, and Di (Andrew) Wu — University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
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DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.
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