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20 Years, 20 Teachers: 2000–2004

This year marks the 20th anniversary of DonorsChoose, the nonprofit classroom funding site for public school teachers. Twenty years ago, our founder Charles Best started our platform out of his Bronx history classroom. We’re hopping in the time machine to celebrate two decades of awesome and innovative teachers, and get inspired by teacher tenacity throughout the years. (Read about teachers from 2005–2009, teachers from 2010–2014, and teachers from 2015–2019.) DonorsChoose founder Charles Best with his high school history students in 2000 In our “20 Years, 20 Teachers” series, we’ll be featuring one teacher who had their first projects funded in
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20 Years, 20 Teachers: 2005–2009

This year marks two decades of teachers using DonorsChoose to bring classroom dreams to life. In our “20 Years, 20 Teachers” series, we’ll be featuring one teacher who had their first projects funded in each year of our history. (Read about teachers from 2000–2004, teachers from 2010–2014, and teachers from 2015–2019.) 2005 through 2009 was a time of expansion and growth for DonorsChoose. We began by opening up to teachers in a few cities beyond New York, like Chicago. After Hurricane Katrina, we opened to schools in the Gulf Coast. By 2008, teachers in every public school across the country
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20 Years, 20 Teachers: 2010–2014

This year marks two decades of teachers using DonorsChoose to bring classroom dreams to life. In our “20 Years, 20 Teachers” series, we’ll be featuring one teacher who had their first projects funded in each year of our history. (Read about teachers from 2000–2004, teachers from 2005–2009, and teachers from 2015–2019.) Our second decade as an organization started off with a splash — Oprah Winfrey included DonorsChoose on her Oprah’s Favorite Things 2010 list! Standing alongside glittery UGG boots, Jay-Z’s book Decoded, and the just-launched iPad, DonorsChoose reached even more teachers and donors looking for ways to help students thrive.
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20 Years, 20 Teachers: 2015–2019

2020 marks two decades of teachers using DonorsChoose to bring classroom dreams to life. In our “20 Years, 20 Teachers” series, we’ll be featuring one teacher who had their first projects funded in each year of our history. (Read about teachers from 2000–2004, teachers from 2005–2009, and teachers from 2010–2014.) The past five years have been a whirlwind of growth for DonorsChoose. In 2018, our community of donors and partners funded the millionth project request, and we’re already coming up close on 2 million. Four out of every five US public schools have had a teacher use DonorsChoose to request
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5 Ways Teachers Instill a Love of Reading Through Online Learning

Being transported by a good book can be the difference between a regular day of distance learning and something more magical. One of the most important lessons teachers can impart is a lifelong love of reading — and teachers are getting creative at unlocking that passion within their students from afar. We talked to teachers conducting distance learning in our Facebook community to learn more about how they’re bringing reading to their students. Find an idea that resonates with you, and get started creating a project. Invest in books that mirror your students’ identities When students see themselves in the
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10 Teacher Voices You Need to Hear

DonorsChoose is the funding site for public school teachers nationwide. Our team asked the educators who use our platform to share what school really looks like this year — and hundreds of teachers jumped in to tell their stories. Want the on-the-ground view of what’s happening this school year? Here are 10 voices you need to hear. Students are looking for extra connection. “The week before we started school, I was asked to teach virtually for the first semester. I’ve accepted the challenge with an open mind and willingness to learn. It has been a rollercoaster ride. Some days technology
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