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Ms. Ovalle from Chicago IL is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Equity, Positive Mindsets And Creativity In The Classroom

I need assistance covering the cost of attending the Equity-Centered Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets conference to develop my skills in creating equity, positive mindsets and creativity in my classroom.

  • $1,290 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Believe you can and you are half way there." {Theodore Roosevelt}

As diverse students with disabilities that live in communities that are plagued with violence, poverty, and stereotypes, it is imperative that students learn to have positive mindsets and value their abilities.

My students are energetic and fun inner-city high school students. My students have a range of disabilities including learning disabilities, visual impairments, autism and intellectual disabilities. A majority of them are also English Language Learners. My students show greater enthusiasm when learning is interactive, interesting and includes social-emotional learning.

My school is located in a large, urban city. Of our 3,100 students, 94% are low-income, 10% of the students have disabilities, and 8% are English Language Learners. More than 75% of my particular students are low-income, have disabilities and/or are English Language Learners. I teach my students not to let their personal home situations, English Language Learner status or disabilities hinder their goals or academic and social-emotional growth.

My Project

By attending the Equity-Centered Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets conference, I will have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions that focus on creating a safe, creative and positive classroom environment and curriculum for my students with disabilities. As a special education teacher, I am responsible for supporting students in reaching their full potential; I believe this conference will better enable me to do so.

This conference will benefit my students as it is so important for them to gain confidence as they deal with every day obstacles due to their disabilities, ELL status, community violence and/or low-income status, among general teen stresses.

Unfortunately, many students feel that they are products of their environment. As most of my students face inequities, it is imperative that they learn how to work towards fiscal responsibility as they transition to the real world. This conference will allow me to learn strategies and curriculum that I will then be able to incorporate into my lessons to benefit student growth.

Ms. Ovalle
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Lodging Conference Hotel $300.00
Trip package Equity-Centered Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets (Registration Fees Only) $550.00
Food Restaurants $49.98
Transportation Southwest Airlines $150.00

Trip cost

$1,049.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$15.75

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,095.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$193.36

Total project goal

$1,289.09

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,289.09

3 Donors

-$426.00

Donations toward project cost

-$373.35

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$52.65

match offer

-$849.86

Match offer toward project cost

-$722.38

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$127.48

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$13.24

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$0.00

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