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The 2021 DonorsChoose

Teacher Summit

On August 5th, expert teachers, leaders in equity and mental health, and celebrity guests joined together to craft the year they wanted for their students. Here, you’ll find key moments from the summit and a free opportunity to learn, invest, and start the school year feeling energized and ready!



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Set Your Vision

Complete a vision-setting activity, shaping a clear picture of what your teaching spaces will feel like, look like, and sound like for the upcoming school year. Connect with peers across the country to identify what protocols, planning materials, and resources you’ll need to bring that vision to life!

Alex Fagundez

Alex Fagundez

Teacher Success Manager, DonorsChoose
& Former 3rd grade teacher

Student Mental Health:
New Opportunities

How will our kids recover from the pandemic? Learn from groundbreaking and timely research on student mental health from Born This Way Foundation. This fireside chat with Maya Enista Smith and a panel of DonorsChoose teachers is a can’t-miss event!

Maya Enista Smith

Maya Enista Smith

Executive Director,
Born This Way Foundation

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Equity and Racial Justice
in the K-12 Classroom

Dive deep into content and need-to-know data that introduces and builds on concepts of anti-racist teaching in the pre-K–12 classroom. Leave with solid strategies and resources to build and grow an equitable, anti-racist community with your students.

Kristina Joye Lyles

Kristina Joye Lyles

Head of Equity & Impact,
Senior Partnerships Director, DonorsChoose

Keynote Address

Enjoy a keynote address and school-year welcome from DonorsChoose founder (and former history teacher) Charles Best and Vice Chair of the DonorsChose Board of Directors, Yvette Nicole Brown.

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Charles Best

Founder & CEO,

“The Summit was amazing and inspiring. It made me love my profession even more when I heard all these wonderful speakers sharing their motivational ideas and thoughts. I LOVE BEING A TEACHER”

—Teacher Summit attendee

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Built by teachers, for teachers

DonorsChoose was founded by a history teacher in 2000 with the goal of making sure every teacher has the resources they need to give their students a great education. In keeping with this core mission, the 2021 DonorsChoose Teacher Summit and all related materials are 100% free for every public school educator.