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 month we publish blogs and several 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 June.
Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use.
The East of the Rockies app is an experiential augmented reality (AR) story written by Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War.