Supporting Science Teachers in Public Schools
Our scientific research community is committed to supporting scientists working and learning in classrooms all across the country. Sciencefor2020 is therefore working to fund public school science teachers in under-resourced communities through DonorsChoose, a crowdsourcing site that enables school teachers to propose classroom projects and ask for funding for the necessary materials. This project has several interlocking goals.
1 We aim to directly support public school science teachers in their crucial mission of training students to think critically, and to develop important skills that will be valuable to them in their future careers. We focus primarily on schools that serve low-income students, who have most to gain from developing these skills.
2 We aim to forge connections with communities that have very different needs and priorities from ours, and to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges these communities face and how public policies can help address them. We are focusing on high poverty communities outside of the Northeast and local schools here in Massachusetts. In the long term, we hope that representatives of ScienceFor2020 can visit some of the schools we support and make personal connections with teachers, students and parents.
3 We hope to show students and their parents that although there are real divisions in our country, people they have never met and who are far away from them both physically and culturally still care about them and want them to succeed. Given the divisive nature of the campaigns in the 2016 election, this seems to us to be sorely needed.
Please consider a donation to one of our current projects !
What you can do:
• Volunteer to promote this project in your department, through signs or short presentations at seminars.
• Promote our project page on your own social media channels or in your email signature (it’s always updated with current projects!)
• Volunteer to help organize this effort