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Ms. Rose from Washington DC is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Give Kids Library Access!

I need a membership and registration for the American Library Association conference in New Orleans this summer, as well as assistance with transportation costs.

  • $738 goal

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My Students

My kids deserve access to high-quality learning, teaching, and educational opportunities.

Every day I have the privilege to interact with and learn alongside over 300 5th-8th from our nation's capital!

My students attend a rigorous college preparatory middle school that serves a high-needs population in Southeast, DC. These scholars have committed to extended hours, more homework, and high expectations in order to reach their goal of heading to and THROUGH college.

As a literacy teacher, I have seen my library and the work we put into it turn kids into readers, make students feel seen and validated, and empower them to share their own voice. We aim to grow as readers, writers, and thinkers every day so that we are prepared for success beyond the classroom with fully-developed identities as critical readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers equipped to change the world for the better. Students I have taught, not taught, and adults in my building come to me for book recommendations at all hours of the day. My students grow to love reading because I make it my mission to ensure they have access to game-changing books.

My Project

Kids should not have to get lucky to have access to high-quality libraries and stories. My school uses classroom libraries, instead of a library run by a librarian, in an attempt to allow kids to access books in the classroom at all times. Unfortunately, not all classroom libraries are equal and many teachers do not have the time, energy, funds or knowledge to maintain the kind of library that every kid deserves.

My dream is to revolutionize the way we run libraries at our school and then spread that through our network in DC.

The 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference takes place in New Orleans, LA this June. This event has the reputation for being a top educational and networking opportunity for librarians. With the theme “Transforming our Libraries, Ourselves,” the emphasis of programs, sessions, discussions, and updates is focused on the future and on tools to help libraries adapt, stay strong, and improve services despite tight budgets. This project will cover the cost of membership, registration and transportation so I can attend this conference.

My goal at the conference is to take advantage of every opportunity to help my school become an innovator in reimagining what libraries can look like in a Title 1 school.

I am most excited to have the opportunity to network with innovative educators transforming libraries around the country with whom I can maintain long-term relationships and look to for support.

At the conference, I plan on attendingsessions and programs focused on creating inclusive, diverse, and responsive libraries, revitalizing school libraries, supporting teachers in learning about and sharing books, and facilitating effective book clubs, among others.

I also plan on spending time in the exhibit hall to meet with vendors. I will be focusing on vendors and new product demonstrations in revitalizing, managing, building, and maintaining our libraries, looking for cost-effective innovations and new products, and doing comparison shopping.

Ms. Rose
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Miscellaneous ALA Membership $63.00
Activity American Library Association $375.00
Transportation American Airlines $150.00

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