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Ms. Vasquez from Santa Monica CA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Revitalizing my Teaching to Inspire Young Writers

I need your support to cover the cost of lodging and food expenses, as I attend the Teachers College Writing Institute in New York.

  • $812 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Kindergarten is a crucial year to build a foundation for learning. Students learn A LOT in a very short time. My students are a diverse group of children whose love for exploration and joy for learning have always been my inspiration to continue to develop as an educator.

We are a Title One School with students who are diverse both economically and culturally.

I am seeking to learn developmentally appropriate practices and strategies that can help lead my students to independent learners with a life-long love for learning. "The lesson you teach today is not confined to the walls of your classroom. Once it is implanted in the heart and mind of a child, it can change the world" (Author Unknown).

My Project

This institute will provide me with ideas about teaching writing to kindergartners. The infusion of developmentally appropriate writing practices and strategies will empower my young students to discover the art of writing!

In a world of technical revolution where communication has been transformed by text messaging, social media and texting jargon; it is imperative that my young students learn to write narratives, persuasive text, informational text, and develop their own writing voice.

During the institute, I will learn to use mentor texts to enhance the level of written student expression. Use interactive writing and other components of balanced literacy to scaffold writing skills. Learn strategies to foster independence and a growth mindset in student writers.

Additionally, I'll have the opportunity to collaborate with educators from around the globe as we study curricula, share ideas, collaborate, revitalize our thinking, and most importantly, learn skills and strategies that encourage our students to engage in literate lives through writing.

By attending this writing workshop, I hope to inspire my students to discover the art of writing and see themselves as future authors, just like some of their favorites - Mo Willems, Judy Blume, Ezra Jack Keats, Pam Munoz-Ryan and Shel Silverstein.

"A bird doesn't sing because it has the answer, it sings because it has a song" -Maya Anguelu

Ms. Vasquez
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Lodging New York Lodging $500.00
Food New York Food $150.00

Trip cost

$650.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.75

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$689.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$121.72

Total project goal

$811.47

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$811.47

4 Donors

-$711.47

Donations toward project cost

-$604.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$106.72

Matching donations from our partners

-$100.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

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$0.00

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