A 2020 University of Michigan study demonstrated that just one funded project at a school - despite its low cost - leads to improved academic outcomes for students.1
Average cost of a fully funded project
Of projects are fully funded
Of US public schools have at least one teacher who has posted a project
I'm obsessed with DonorsChoose. I know for a fact I wouldn't be the teacher that I am, and I wouldn't be passionate, and I wouldn't be excited about teaching as much as I am. Because I know if I read about something, or I see something in a magazine, I know it can be a DonorsChoose resource. And it makes me excited, I feel so nerdy saying this, but I'm excited to go to class and have the kids. They are extremely excited, they're like "Omg we are going to do the lab today?"
Every single time I get a donation it feels like a little tiny cheering squad telling me that what I do is important and people are happy to support both my student and myself. There are so many barriers we face as teachers, especially this school year, and each donation teachers receive is a way to help overcome these barriers!
DonorsChoose has a great impact on my teaching, specifically, while thinking about my students with disabilities. One example I like to refer to is the project I created that enables my students to be able to read along and use their devices for a text to speech experience. This type of differentiated instruction is especially important within my education setting, where some students may not be able to consume traditional paper-based lessons.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.