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  • Blog Post: Educators share their thoughts on Our School Needs

    How does it feel to submit to Our School Needs? What does it mean to the schools, the teachers, and the communities involved? It's hard for me to guess. That's why I spoke to some of the teachers, administrators, and other people directly involved in the contest, and asked them what Our School...
  • Blog Post: Wow! Our School Needs submissions keep getting better and better

    The best part of my day: Waking up in the morning, bolting to my computer, and reading the latest Our School Needs submissions. The entries are, in a word: amazing. And every day, more and more submissions continue to blow me away. From costumes, to special Our School Needs songs, to earnest essays...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: DonorsChoose.org CEO on why Our School Needs is so important.

    During the five years I taught history at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx, my colleagues and I often lamented a problem that drained learning from students and creativity from teachers: a lack of funding for essential materials and for the activities that bring subject matter to life...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Our School Needs Judges: Anthony Salcito

    As VP of education for Microsoft, Anthony Salcito works with schools, universities, and educators around the world to help classrooms get the technology they need. And with so many schools in need of fresh technology, we thought Anthony would make an excellent judge of the Our School Needs contest. ...
  • Blog Post: National Geographic Map Brings Social Studies to Life

    Getting kids interested in social studies can be a project. As I remember it, in grade school, social studies came right after lunch, which meant that I was more interested in putting my head on my desk than in learning what the indigenous peoples of remote Fiji liked to eat. Followed by a film strip...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Asking the tough education questions.

    A few weeks ago, I had the profound privilege of participating in Education Nation. I began my online conversation at www.educationnation.com , but wasn't able to get onto the overloaded chat. I jumped over to Facebook. Within the hour, almost 6,000 teachers "liked" Education Nation and...
  • Blog Post: Webinar - Our School Needs Q&A with Liz

    In a webinar last week, Liz teamed up with Melanie Duppins from DonorsChoose.org to answer teachers’ questions about the Our School Needs contest — everything from how to produce an eye-catching submission to whether a single school can submit two entries. Since some of you out there...
  • Blog Post: Change the World - Vote for Your Favorite Imagine Cup Team

    CLICK HERE to vote for the team you believe best uses technology to solve the world's toughest problems. Students around the world are combining brain power, teamwork and technology to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. Today you have a chance to vote for the...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Donorschoose.org CEO Charles Best

    Oprah and her viewers have played an integral role in the growth and success of DonorsChoose.org. When we launched DonorsChoose.org, we spent the first few years operating out of my classroom with my students as our staff members. In 2003, Oprah Winfrey did a phenomenal story about our site. She told...
  • Blog Post: Last day to “Rate” Our School Needs entries!

    We've received over 700 incredible entries to the Our School Needs contest - now is your last chance for you to "rate" them, and help us choose which schools will move on to the semi-finals. What are "ratings"? Beside each submission, you've probably noticed the little...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Bing’s Million Dollar Giving Challenge

    In the spirit of the holiday season, Bing and partner Donorschoose.org are offering a singular challenge to America: help us help schools. Bing will donate $1,000,000 to schools through the Bing Million Dollar Giving Challenge. The goal is simple: help us raise $1,000,000 for U.S. public schools by...
  • Blog Post: Meet Teacher Sally High

    The new school year has begun. For the sixth consecutive year, my small rural junior high school has earned high achievement and high growth ratings in Colorado’s standardized assessments. Interestingly, this welcome news isn’t dominating the collaborative conversations among my fellow faculty...