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Mrs. Kinel from East Hartford CT is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Developing STEMpathy

I need these resources to develop my knowledge of 21st century students to give them the most engaging and relevant learning experiences possible.

  • $386 goal

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My Students

Our school is diverse and serves a majority of students who receive free lunch. My students are motivated, engaged, and surprise me with their creativity every day! I teach Design Technology and hope to build a community-focused STEM program at our global theme school.

My students are 6th through 8th graders who love hands-on projects that challenge their creative skills!

My aspiration is to create an engaging tech-rich learning environment that gives all students the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

My Project

I heard the term "STEMpathy" in a recent presentation and believe this word sums up what today's students need for the jobs of the future: critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, and human empathy to positively impact our world with STEM.

I believe that by increasing my knowledge of social-emotional learning (SEL) and STEM-focused project-based learning, I will be able to design an excellent learning environment and impactful experiences for my students by empowering them to take action in our community.

These resources will help me to deepen understanding and refine my teaching practices to benefit students. My mission as a teacher is to empower learners with the knowledge, skills, and empathy to solve meaningful community problems by using design thinking. On this journey of transforming my classroom, I have noticed that as students become more self-aware and empathetic with each other and our community, awareness of the greater world and their agency to take action increases.

I will turn the knowledge gained from these resources into empowering learning experiences!

Mrs. Kinel
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students • Amazon Business $30.19 1 $30.19
Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspaces • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Meaningful Making 2: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspaces • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom • Amazon Business $27.25 1 $27.25
The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners Book 1: How to Make Personalization and Student Autonomy Happen • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners Book 2: How to "Make" Product-Oriented Learning Happen • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners • Amazon Business $22.44 1 $22.44
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom • Amazon Business $22.18 1 $22.18
Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student • Amazon Business $21.40 1 $21.40
Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry • Amazon Business $17.28 1 $17.28
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50

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