You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

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

Professional development

First Things First: Teaching Letters & Numbers the Write Way

I need to attend a 2-day Handwriting Without Tears training which will prepare me to teach early writing skills to students with limited writing experience through multisensory techniques and research-based methods.

  • $663 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kindergarten classroom is bursting with 26 diverse young learners. The majority of my students are English Language Learners, including recent immigrants and refugees, representing 11 different home languages. I am humbled each day to work with a young "United Nations" of learners. My guiding goal is to make their first school experience nurturing, engaging, and supportive. I strive to guide my students toward becoming curious global citizens and lifelong lovers of learning.

The challenging reality is that most of my students are acquiring the complex English language simultaneously while learning kindergarten content, social norms, and adapting to the American education system.

In kindergarten, students are challenged to grow in countless ways. In terms of early literacy, students are expected to quickly advance from learning letters and sounds to writing and reading independently, as well as having increasingly complex conversations around texts, thoughts, and experiences.

As I look forward to my third year teaching in a high-need area, I am eager to provide my young learners with rich educational experiences and resources that can help establish a strong foundation and prepare them for future academic success.

Thank you for reading about my classroom and for considering contributing toward its success!

My Project

Confident and successful writers make confident and successful readers! This project will allow me to provide meaningful and fun early writing instruction to my kindergarten students, helping them to gain confidence and automaticity with writing and reading for a successful year in kindergarten and beyond!

I am requesting professional development that will equip me to provide developmentally appropriate support to my students in the most demanding content area in kindergarten - writing!

Writing at such an early age requires the coordination of so many emerging skills including: fine motor development, letter identification, letter formation paths, letter/sound correspondence, phonemic awareness, linguistic awareness, and vocabulary! This is a challenging task given that many of my students have not attended school before.

Handwriting Without Tears offers a comprehensive, interactive handwriting curriculum and teacher training rooted in multi-sensory techniques and research-based methods to make handwriting natural and automatic for all learners.

Ms. Welsh
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 26 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Welsh is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Activity Learning Without Tears $525.00

Trip cost

$525.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.88

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$562.88

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$99.33

Total project goal

$662.21

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$662.21

8 Donors

-$328.90

Donations toward project cost

-$283.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.59

match offer

-$328.91

Match offer toward project cost

-$279.57

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.34

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Chicago","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4262260],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3311551,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/first-things-first-teaching-letters-n/3311551/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":26,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Welsh","authorIds":{"4262260":{"owner":"Ms. Welsh","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3311551],"proposalHash":"769276746","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp4262260_272x272.png?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1532039646779","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20905301,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NTAxNzI4Ng==","NDA3OTM4NA==","NDU2ODgwMA==","NTI5ODIxMA==","NTMyNTA1NQ==","NTMwODM1OQ==","NDU5MjIwNQ==","NDI2MjI2MA==","NDU1NjAxNA=="],"teacherId":4262260,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}