Celebrating the most innovative teachers on February 28!

Fast Company just named DonorsChoose.org one of 2019’s Most Innovative Companies — so we’re celebrating the world’s most innovative teachers!

How it works: Classroom Rewards

A Classroom Rewards opportunity is a way for our partners to engage teachers and students with online education resources, and in return, teachers who participate can receive a DonorsChoose.org gift card reward.  Classroom Rewards do not require creating a project, but rather using a resource outside of DonorsChoose.org with your students.

Here’s how it works:

  • An education technology provider (or a foundation that works with one) wants to offer a resource to our teachers for free.  They work with us to create a program that makes sense for DonorsChoose.org teachers.
  • They offer to provide a DonorsChoose.org gift card as a reward to participating teachers.
  • Teachers participate in the Classroom Rewards program and complete necessary steps to log their students’ progress, which the DonorsChoose.org team uses to distribute gift cards.
  • Once teachers have successfully completed the program, they receive a gift card from DonorsChoose.org that they can use on any project they choose.

How can I find out about Classroom Rewards programs?

Check the Help Center for current opportunities!  We’ll email you if we find an opportunity that may be a great fit for your classroom.  You can also get information on the latest Classroom Rewards programs in the newsletter and on the blog.

I completed a Classroom Rewards program, but didn’t get a gift card yet.  Where is it?

Since Classroom Rewards opportunities involve using a site outside of DonorsChoose.org, we may have to wait for the signal from the provider that you’ve completed a program before we send your reward.  The help center article for the specific program you completed will have the specifics on how often gift cards are sent and what you might need to do to let us know that you finished a program and earned a reward.  To help us make sure our data is accurate (and you get your gift card ASAP!), it’s important to complete all the steps delineated in the help center for your chosen Classroom Rewards program.