Episode 015 - Donors Choose - Donate directly to the Classroom w/ Keani Romero
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MTT015|Donors Choose, Donate directly to the classroom - Keani Romero, Middle School Robotics Teacher
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From the Donors Choose Website:
DonorsChoose.org is a United States–based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Founded in 2000 by former public school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org was among the first civic crowdfunding platforms of its kind. The organization has been given Charity Navigator’s highest rating every year since 2005. In January 2018, they announced that 1 million projects had been funded. In 77% of public schools in the United States, at least one project has been requested on DonorsChoose.org.
A little about Keani Romero:
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and attended public schools until high school. I am a graduate of The University of Arizona and received my Master’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University. I am a mother of four children, a wife of 20 years to an amazing husband, and an enthusiastic middle school Robotics teacher. I have a passion for teaching and learning; enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with my family. ”
Keani tells us how she uses Donors Choose, “Teaching Robotics and Programming has been an eye opening experience as the combination of hands on building assignments and basic programming, although difficult, really appeal to the kids. My students are excited to come to my class every day because they are learning how to use technology in a new way and learning how to manipulate objects with their hands. It's new and fun for them and I truly feel we need more of this type of learning in all classrooms. I have had a lot of success obtaining donations via Donors Choose and have added some very exciting tech tools to my classroom. I'd love to share what has worked for me so that more teachers can benefit from this amazing resource.
I use different two different types of basic programming software in my class to introduce my students to programming and teach them how to make things move autonomously. I also use Donors Choose to obtain materials for my class/students that will increase engagement but are not available to be paid for via the school budget.”