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Ms. Simpson-Luna from Chestnut RDG NY is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Teach My HEART Out!

I need to attend this national educator's conference to update my teaching repertoire with 21st Century pedagogy strategies.

  • $1,296 goal

This project expired on September 11, 2018.

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My Students

My students come from different countries. Many have been in the US less than 3 years. Others are learning English as a new language. Many students face significant academic and socioeconomic challenges.

My students love creating and making things to express their thinking and understanding.

Their Maker-spirits help them transcend the barriers of language, academic ability and socioeconomic class. I want my students to know that these obstacles should not define them, but motivate them to work hard to achieve their goals of becoming scientists, coders, police officers and professional athletes and changing the world.

My Project

If I get to attend this conference I will have the amazing opportunity to learn from master teachers around the country who are leading the field of education. I will learn new ways to engage my students, make learning meaningful to my students and plan lesson and units of study that are rigorous and interesting.

"Work smarter not harder" has been my personal pedagogical mantra.

I strive to plan activities and lessons that meet many different learning standards that my students need to learn and master. I want to learn more about how to incorporate science and engineering skills into my Math and Reading lessons, as Brooke Brown often posts about in her blogs. I want to revamp the traditional thematic lessons and add in 21st Century skills and tools to help my students be competitive with their peers in other districts, despite the challenges they face.

Ms. Simpson-Luna
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Component Company Total
Miscellaneous Teach Your Heart Out $100.00
Activity Teach My HEART Out! $745.12
Food n/a $60.00
Transportation Expedia $150.00

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