Hamden Middle School English teacher Christopher Evans wants to use the latest technology to help his students write to their greatest potential.
But the restraints of the Board of Education’s budget don’t allow for what are considered extras. So Evans has taken to the popular fundraising site Donorschoose.org to raise the funds for a document camera, which he will use to go over writing assignments with the whole class able to give input.
And this weekend, half of the cost of the equipment is being covered by someone known for his support of education — Bill Gates.
Gates and his wife Melinda formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which they use to fund worthy causes, many pertaining to education. This weekend the Gates’ are contributing half the cost of all the projects listed on Donorschose.org, which allows teachers to post for money for extras their districts can’t afford.
The catch is, for the foundation to foot the cost of half the project, donations must be raised for the other half by Sunday night. That means Evans needs to raise the remaining $129 today.
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From Evans, on what he hopes to accomplish:
My goal for my students is to see the power of their own words – both orally and written. I want them to write with purpose – to keep in mind the tools a good writer uses when trying to convey a point. As good writers, I want them to be able to receive authentic, meaningful, SPEEDY feedback
Like many public schools, my school attracts both the haves and the have-nots, the privileged and the unprivileged. I teach 8th grade English in a school that has mixed ability students. Students range from reading and writing well below grade level to being well above grade level, so they vary in their level of writing as well.