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

Professional development

Old Dog, New Tricks

I need to attend the 2018 The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to network and train with other Spanish language teachers from across the United States.

  • $1,534 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students at my school are predominantly Hispanic, Eastern European, African and African-American. Eighty percent of my students are considered low-income, and thus qualify for the free lunch program. They attend a public school in the third largest district in the country, Chicago. Unfortunately, my school district has been experiencing budget cuts, which affects every school's supply and resource budgets. Regardless, my students are amazing; they make the best with what little we have and shine every day despite this setback.

My Project

I have been teaching Spanish language since 2007 in Chicago Public Schools. I taught various levels of Spanish language in high school for the first 6 years of my teaching career, which included Spanish language for Spanish language learners and Spanish for heritage speakers. In 2013, I switched to teach in elementary, where I now teach various levels of Spanish for students in grades Pre-K to 8.

To update and improve my craft as a Spanish language teacher, I need to attend the 2018 The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to network and train with other Spanish language teachers from across the United States.

By attending this conference I will not only have the opportunity to meet other teaching professionals from across the county but have the opportunity to exchange ideas that would help me better serve my students and their quest to learn and improve their Spanish communication skills. More so, the conference also offers many workshops that I would like to attend to help me update and improve my teaching approach and make me be more efficient in the classroom.

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

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Lodging Teacher Stipend $400.00
Activity 2018 ACTFL ANNUAL CONVENTION AND WORLD LANGUAGES EXPO $585.00
Food Teacher Stipend $120.00
Transportation Teacher Stipend $150.00

Trip cost

$1,255.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$18.82

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,303.82

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$230.09

Total project goal

$1,533.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,533.91

1 Donor

-$1,533.91

Donations toward project cost

-$1,303.82

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$230.09

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$0.00

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