Campaign to Provide Teachers with Culturally Responsive Materials
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds. As part of the campaign—which targets requests on DonorsChoose made by teachers of color, female math and science teachers, and any other teachers who ask for resources that reflect their students’ identities—Google.org has pledged $4 million to match donations to relevant projects. In addition, many celebrities and high-profile philanthropists have pledged to provide, or have already provided, financial support to classroom projects in the campaign, including actresses Whoopi Goldberg, Lupita Nyong’o, and Octavia Spencer; actor Samuel L. Jackson; singer-songwriter John Legend; and comedian Stephen Colbert. DonorsChoose is identifying the teachers and projects through a new function on the website that asks teachers to indicate their gender, race, education, and number of years in the profession, among other questions. Already, nearly 60,000 educators have filled out the prompts, allowing the nonprofit to better connect donors to their projects.
Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.
Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In the game, a criminal mastermind known as the FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Working together, students will learn about Asia and assemble clues from each country to track down this criminal mastermind.
First Book, in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), has created the 2020–2021 Diversity in STEM Calendar, a free tool designed to help educators bring amazing moments of innovation to life and showcase the incredible contributions of diverse STEM pioneers with children across the country.