Teach me to Read! with the Leveled Literacy Intervention System.
With these funds, our school will purchase a Leveled Literacy Intervention System that will assist me, as the Reading Interventionist, to improve the reading skills of many struggling readers at my school. The prescribed interventions in this system target young readers who are having difficulty grasping the fundamental reading concepts such as sounding out words. This system will assist me with identifying specific problem areas and with the specialized lessons, will provide me the opportunity to do small group instruction designed specifically for students. Because of this intervention system, students will significantly improve their reading abilities which will prevent reading difficulties as they progress through school.
Our school is located in one of the most impoverished areas in Jacksonville, Florida. Even though our parents are aware of their child’s reading difficulties, they simply cannot afford a private tutor. For many families in the area, our school is the sole educational resource. The Leveled Literacy Intervention System will not only be a terrific resource for our school, its use will also greatly impact the surrounding community through our after school and summer programs.
To provide reading instruction to students in all grade levels, the cost is $2,700 which will supply assessment, instruction and reading materials. To find out more about the Leveled Literacy Intervention System, please visit http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/lli_Overview.aspx.
Students in the 21st century are expected to be prepared for the complexity of the workforce by the time they graduate from college. Unfortunately, many of my students are not even ready for college once they complete high school. Students are learning the skill of memorizing information and answering questions on a test. According to the 2010 IBM study "Capitalizing on Complexity", the most important skill expected of young professionals is creativity. The current model for teaching students in the classroom simply does not prepare our students to meet the challenges they can expect to see in the workforce.
This year I will be co-teaching 9th grade environmental science as a special education teacher. In order to prepare students for college and beyond, we will be utilizing Project Based Learning in our classroom. "Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem or challenge" (PBE). Using this method, students drive their own learning and gain important skills like critical thinking, analyzing, revising, and collaborating with others. This model requires technology for students to watch videos, conduct research and collaborate on assignments.
Due to a lack of funding in our school, we are unable to consistently utilize this model in the classroom. We would like to have laptops in our classroom for students to utilize every day, especially given the technology-driven world we now live in. Every dollar raised for this cause will go directly to purchasing Chromebooks so that students can learn at their own pace and use the many skills that will benefit them once they go into the workforce.
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Blacks and Latinos make up 30% of the population - but make up 60% of those incarcerated. Help us send our young men to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Your contribution will irrevocably change the perspective of a Black or Latino boy—one who will grow up to be a man who will undoubtedly change our world for the better. Help us push beyond hashtags and nurture healing and hope in our community.
In October 1995, nearly a quarter of a million men descended upon our nation’s capital for what was and continues to be among the largest political gatherings in American history: The Million Man March. The March was aimed at encouraging black men to make firmer commitments to family values and community uplift.
Now, 20 years later, our nation has taken countless steps forward while simultaneously remaining stagnant. We are able to celebrate the leadership of a Black president and numerous Black and Latino CEOs of Fortune 500 companies; however we must also struggle knowing that, by the time you read this, more than 600 people will have been shot by police with more than 40% of them being Black or Latino And, despite the number of Black and Latino males enrolled in college being double what it was 20 years ago, my students (100% of whom are Black or Latino) are eight times less likely to graduate with a four year college degree than students growing up in neighborhoods just a few miles away.
After the numerous incidents of young men of color losing their lives hits the news, we take time as a school to mourn, to show solidarity and to discuss our role in making the world a better place—a place where middle school children aren’t gunned down while playing in a local park, where college-bound students aren't shot in the street, or where college students aren't beaten by campus police. I want to make this nation, this world, safe for my students.
Your donation will help send a scholar from northeast Houston to our nation’s capital for the Justice March where they will walk in the footsteps of the men who marched before them 20 years ago and those who marched for civil rights 52 years ago. Students will attend events, speeches and be a part of a national movement to make this nation a better, one in which they will go on to fulfill the dreams they have begun to build at our school. We will also join with other students from around the country to discuss and determine ways to ensure the nation they will inherit is and will remain the very best – for all. Now, more than ever is the time for unity.
Attending the Justice March will help my students see themselves not only as students at KIPP Polaris and as citizens Houston but rather a part of a united front dedicated to changing their world for the better.
Your donation will help with travel and lodging costs while my students are in Washington, D.C. For every $200 raised, $125 will go to airfare and $75 to lodging and food.
More information about the march can be found at https://www.justiceorelse.com/
With these funds I will be able to purchase new instruments for my students in orchestra. Many of the instruments we have available at our school are in need of some serious T.L.C. (replacing). Many of my students have to play on instruments that are either too big or too small for them. This can hold back their development of technique as well as lower their confidence in performance. My goal is that each of my students has the equipment they need to sound their best. A correctly sized, well-maintained instrument is one of the key components for any orchestra student to be successful.
The students at my school cannot often afford the luxury of being able to purchase/rent their own instruments, so they rely on what the school can provide. At this point, we do not have enough instruments for each student to be assigned their own, therefore they must share instruments (sometimes up to three students sharing the same one). This means that they are not able to take their instrument home every night to practice even if they want to. If each student could be issued their own instrument, and was able to practice each night at home, the quality of everyone's experience in orchestra at our school would be much greater.
Violins typically cost around $400, a celli is $1,200 and a string bass is $2,000. We are most in need of mostly violins/violas as well as a smaller sized bass. These funds will go directly toward purchasing as many instruments as possible.
Chester A. Arthur Elementary School is located South West Center City, Philadelphia. Arthur has a culturally, racially and economically diverse student body and surrounding community. New programs and partnerships have made Arthur a community that students want to be a part of, and a place where parents want to send their children. Arthur has an incredibly dedicated staff who work hard to make sure all students thrive.
After not having an art program for many years, Arthur is excited to be offering art instruction to our students two days a week. We welcome our new art instructor, Ms. Leila Lindo! Ms. Lindo plans to implement exciting projects with students such as muraling, print making and sculpture; however, she has extremely limited supplies and budget. She is basically starting this program from scratch!
Ms. Lindo plans to introduce the students to new media such as tempera paint, modge podge, oil pastels, construction paper crayons, water color paints, and various types of clay. For most of our students, working with these materials will be a completely new experience.
In addition, we need tools such as a paper cutter, drying racks, electric pencil sharpener, student work storage, large pieces of white paper and construction paper, canvas, print making supplies, and large brown paper.
Ms. Lindo envisions a robust art program for our students, but in order to see these projects come to life, we need your generous support. Help us build up our art program and watch our students' creativity, and the Arthur community, soar!
Anyone can raise funds for anything PreK-12 related anywhere in the country.