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To take on the jobs of tomorrow, students must become more than good test takers. They need to become makers who design, sketch, build, and prototype. And their classrooms will need more than a chalkboard and a set of textbooks.
Students who learn to collaborate and negotiate - on Capitol Hill, in the board room, in everyday life - will outperform peers who have higher test scores.
No matter the circumstances, teachers show up each day ready to give their students every opportunity possible, and they never give up.
Never Give Up
Students can't dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes, and robotics kits - or even paper, pencils, and paste.
For my 9th birthday, my only wish was to eat like a farmer boy. I had devoured 'The Little House on the Prairie' book series and wanted to be like Almanzo Wilder, the protagonist of 'Farmer Boy,' one of the later installments in the 'Little House' series.
Whether you're saying 'thank you' to friends, family members, customers, or a hiring manager who interviewed you for a job, the case in favor of gratitude is both altruistic and pragmatic.
We make friends with people we admire, including those you might consider competitors, like charity: water, Kiva, and Global Giving. We get on a call with them and exchange ideas.
People on the front lines have the best ideas for how to improve things.
I created DonorsChoose by putting pencil to paper - literally - and sketching out each screen of the web site and how it would work. Then I paid a programmer from Poland $1,500 to turn my sketches and common-sense rules into a functioning website.
Our brains are designed to solve some of our most complex problems when we're distracted by routine habits.
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We've long believed teachers know best what their students need to succeed, and that includes the creation of healthy, supportive school communities.
We reflect on our successes and failures at monthly staff meetings.
Arianna Huffington is one of the greatest champions of this idea - that anyone can make a difference.
Make A Difference
Our ideological dilemmas won't ever be solved by machines.
Donors are sick of writing that $200 check to the Red Cross and not knowing whether it goes for the executive director's salary or the office rent.
Access to sports is an important part of a well-rounded education, and it takes committed communities and companies like Dick's to make a real difference in kids' lives.
Every day, teachers across the country excite their students with new opportunities and experiences.
I had really good relationship with my students; it definitely took me a few months before I had my students' respect.
I'd love DonorsChoose.org to become a place where teachers can post innovative, out-of-the-box projects that they can't get funding for traditionally.
We think we can contribute something toward the improvement of public education in our country.
I believe if we can crowdsource educational solutions to teachers on the front lines, who often know their kids better than anyone, we will unearth and generate better-targeted, smarter ideas.
Learning is a critical part of our mission and organizational culture.
We love that our platform allows people to give.
A really large number of teachers contact us offline testifying how valuable iPads are for their students.
If you track your organization's creativity by the number of brainstorms on your calendar, you're missing out. It's more important to capture those unplanned sparks of inspiration that so often come when we're cooking dinner, taking a shower, or commuting to work.
One question we'll ask is, 'Who are you grateful for,' and a surprising number of people can't name anyone beyond their mother.
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