Equal Opportunity for STEM Education in North Houston: Year 2
Help me give my students basic classroom materials that will help them master Algebra concepts. My students need durable plastic folders that will store their guided-notes curriculum for the year, pencils, and paper.
My students are some of the most talented students in the world. Most of them speak multiple languages, work multiple jobs, and play important roles in their families. Most of my students come from a low-income neighborhood in North Houston that has historically underachieved academically, limiting the opportunities for its students later in life. At one point, our school was shutdown by the state of Texas because so many students were dropping out. Nevertheless, these students come to my classroom, every day, with dreams and determination.
Education is the key to unlocking future opportunities, but for most of my students, they face an uphill battle.
16% of students at our school do not graduate in 4 years. 90% of students in 2017 were classified by the state as "at-risk." And yet my students have so much going for them, too. They have school spirit. They celebrate their local community. They have a mature work ethic that drives them to work extra jobs or care for their siblings. I know that they can bring those characteristics into the classroom and empower themselves to lead choice-filled lives.
These materials will allow my students to maintain a personalized folder for our guided-notes curriculum that our Algebra team builds from scratch every year. Because we do not have textbooks, it is critical that students maintain a note-taking system throughout the whole year. Students often know way more than they think they know, but since they don't have reliable ways to organize their material, they lose it all and forget what they've worked so hard to learn! This also gives me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students before and after school, ensuring that they'll have plenty of reference material. With these binders and notebooks, I'll also be able to teach primarily freshmen some valuable organizational skills that will set them up for success throughout high school.
Last year, my school ran out of such foundational school supplies as pencils and papers, and kids fell behind in their lessons as teachers scrambled the night before a lesson to purchase these supplies out of their own pockets.
I spent hundreds of dollars last year on paper alone. It would be invaluable to have a store of emergency supplies.
Overall, these supplies give students the opportunity to learn valuable organizational skills and more deeply internalize math concepts, and they will help me differentiate instruction for my diverse learners.
I hope you're able to help me provide the excellent education that these children, and all children, deserve.
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