Even When Times Are Tough, This Educator Makes Her Students Feel Like It's Christmas

If you only know about Oelwein, Iowa, from the book Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, then you are missing a larger story about the local children who are working to overcome their community’s infamous reputation, and the teachers who are helping them achieve, says educator Tera Sperfslage. Sperfslage describes Oelwein as more of […]

This Is What One Teacher Does When Her Students Can't Afford Pens And Paper

At Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore, there are few resources to spare. Students can barely afford pens and paper. That’s why Brooke Grams, a high school teacher who specializes in journalism, yearbook and library science, turns to DonorsChoose.org for help. On the DonorsChoose site individuals can donate directly to classrooms. Grams has funded several projects […]

When This Teacher Lost Her Classroom In A Tornado, DonorsChoose Came To The Rescue

When Erika Rowell thinks back on her 2013 job interview at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Oklahoma, she specifically remembers the abundance of supplies in her predecessor’s classroom.  “I was overwhelmed with how much I would have,” says Rowell, who was interviewing for a pre-kindergarten teacher job. “I was very excited about that.” Then, the […]

The Global Search for Education: Learning to Live Together

“It’s important for schools to begin by setting a tone that values and leverages diversity as an asset, across all aspects of teaching and learning.  This cannot be an ‘add on’ or a checklist, but rather an ongoing effort marked by continuous learning and reflection.”  —  Dana Mortenson Teaching in a Global Landscape – Mindful […]