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Ms. Hoop from Poughkeepsie NY is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Political Empowerment in ELA Classes

I need to nurture professional learning communities that address social and racial justice issues in order to craft classrooms that empower and inspire students.

  • $414 goal

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My Students

Our students are diverse, energetic and resilient. The total minority enrollment is 91%, and 64% of students are economically disadvantaged. The classes we offer range from AP to self contained.

Though our students come to us with a range of needs, abilities and learning styles, the one thing that runs true for each of them is the right to be seen, heard and empowered.

My Project

I am honored to be the Department Chair of a wonderful department of ELA teachers who have developed over the years a curriculum that is inclusive of diverse voices in literature and in political discourse. We are fortunate to have common planning time and common professional development opportunities run by members of our department.

Aside from our commitment to fostering independent thought and critical analysis, we are mindful of social and emotional well being; part of well being is political empowerment.

This reality has only intensified in the wake of the COVID pandemic and the national action that has taken place in response to the murder of George Floyd. I hope to use these materials to deepen our understanding of our selves, our students lives, and to create opportunities in our classrooms that empower our students into individual and group action.

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

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teaching for Black Lives • Amazon Business $23.17 5 $115.85
Social Justice Literacies in the English Classroom: Teaching Practice in Action (Language and Literacy Series) • Amazon Business $34.95 2 $69.90
Black Lives Matter at School • Amazon Business $24.95 2 $49.90
Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice • Amazon Business $23.70 2 $47.40
The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration • Amazon Business $16.95 2 $33.90

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