Friday, February 22, 2008

Donors Choose - Teachers Ask, Students Learn

Donors Choose is an exciting program for teachers. Donors Choose is a non-profit organization with a mission of helping under-funded schools. Donors Choose uses the term "citizen philanthropy" to describe its program. Donors Choose essentially solicits funding from private citizens (and some corporations) which get to choose the projects they wish to fund. Donors can donate as much as they like to one or more projects. Donors Choose provides potential donors with information about the projects that need funding and the financial situation of the schools submitting requests. (Donations made through Donors Choose are tax deductible, but as always, check with your tax professional).

For teachers Donors Choose is essentially a "micro grant" program. Teachers submit requests for money for supplies that they need for their classroom. Requests range from $200 for basic classroom materials to $1000 or more for supplementary books. The next time you're wishing you had just a little bit more money to meet a need for your classroom, considering applying to Donors Choose.

Below are two videos about the Donors Choose program.

Get Ready to Read!

Get Ready to Read is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The program is designed for parents, teachers, and librarians to assess the readiness levels of children prior to Kindergarten. In addition to the assessment tools and learning activities to do with young students, Get Ready to Read has online games and videos designed for student use.

Below is a video introduction to the Get Ready to Read program.

Free Technology For Teachers: Infinite Campus and Power School Tutorials

Does your school use Infinite Campus? Is your school transitioning to Infinite Campus in the near future? If so, you will want to check out the Infinite Campus Tutorials on the Illinois School District 300's website. The website features tutorials on using the most commonly used aspects of Infinite Campus. Click here to see the tutorial page.

Those of you using PowerSchool or are soon to be using PowerSchool are probably aware that PowerSchool offers weekly online tutorials. Click here to see the tutorial page.