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Ms. M. from Oakland CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Turn Reluctant Readers into Brilliant Bookworms

My students need 10 write/wipe boards, dry erase markers, 7 copies each of 2 books: "New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens" and "We Beat the Street", single copies of 2 additional books and a visual presenter camera.

  • $750 goal

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My students are a hardworking group of middle-schoolers in the Resource Program! Resource students are bright, creative, and very capable--and they come to the Resource Room to learn how to address their learning differences. They represent the cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of our California city, and they bring a wide array of experiences and skills to their school work. Although they are only in 6th and 7th grade, many of them already have ideas about college and future careers.

Many of my students have low literacy skills coupled with documented auditory processing disorders. Although their academic aptitude is at or above that of their peers, they need visually-supported curriculum in order to access the material. The typical lecture-only English class is a frustrating, unproductive experience for them. Unfortunately, we do not have a projector or other visual and kinesthetic supplies to help them learn.

Educational research shows that talking to at-risk students about their long-term goals and how to reach them can significantly improve academic achievement. I would like to combine texts that prompt students to reflect on their values and goals with technology and supplies to visually support the literacy curriculum. A document camera will allow me to model marking up texts for the class, fill out graphic organizers with them, and project other visual aids to support their understanding. White boards will encourage engagement and practice with remedial skills; the same students who hate spelling and learning parts of speech will endlessly play "hold 'em up" (compete with each other to answer questions on the white board).

Your help will make it possible for my students to raise their literacy levels and end their feelings of frustration in the unmodified English classroom. Educational statistics indicate that the achievement gap is largely a literacy gap, and your donation can help close that gap in our inner-city classroom. Coupling visual technology with values-based books will encourage my students to reflect on how to reach their long-term educational and vocational goals.

Ms. M.
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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14 donors14 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 28 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Sean Covey • Barnes and Noble $8.08 1 $8.08
VP20M Visual Presenter • SchoolOutfitters.com $329.99 1 $329.99
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt • Barnes and Noble $6.29 7 $44.03
EXPO LOW ODOR DRY ERASE MARKERS 16 COLOR SET -- Expo Low-Odor Dry-Erase Markers; Chisel Tip, 16-Color Set • Quill $18.89 1 $18.89
New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens Janet Bode • Barnes and Noble $4.05 7 $28.35
What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades, Optimum Learning, Minimum Time Adam Robinson • Barnes and Noble $13.60 1 $13.60
JJ387X - Double-Sided Picture Story Write & Wipe Board - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning $67.50 1 $67.50

Materials cost

$510.44

Vendor shipping charges

$51.04

State sales tax

$37.01

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.66

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$615.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$135.00

Total project goal

$750.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$750.00

14 Donors

-$750.00

Donations toward project cost

-$615.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$135.00

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$0.00

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