You created a professional development project, got it funded, and now it's time to create your Thank-You Package! We know these thank-yous will be a little different from previous projects, and we are here to help.
A Thank-You Package has three elements: 6 photos and an impact letter (our student thank-you note program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Professional development projects are a chance for us – and you – to put a new twist on the regular process our donors know and love. We can't wait to see what you come up with, and we'll update this page with new tips and tricks based on what you submit!
For your 6 thank-you package photos
Share a variety of photos that show your donors the impact your professional development project had on you and your students.
Photo Ideas for Conferences, Seminars, Webinars and Workshops Projects:
- Screenshots of guest speakers or speaker panels
- You in your in-person or virtual classroom putting any new ideas into action
- Your classroom and students - a typical day in your class, showing the students they helped by helping you.
Photo Ideas for Books, Manuals, and Teaching Materials Projects:
- You opening the package containing your new books, manuals, or teaching materials
- How excited you are to receive the materials
- The actual books, manuals, teaching materials you received
- You reading/using the books, manuals or teaching materials you received
- A lesson taking place in your classroom that was inspired by the materials you received
- Your workspace or desk – donors rarely get to see a classroom from a teachers’ point of view!
For your impact letter
Write about the experience you had, what you learned, or the materials you received—describe how you and your classroom benefited.
Ideas for Conferences, Seminars, Webinars and Workshops Projects:
- Describe the event.
- Which parts did you enjoy the most?
- Did you meet anyone interesting?
- What was your biggest take away from the event?
- How have you implemented what you learned into your classroom?
- How has this project/experience benefited your students?
Ideas for Books, Manuals, and Teaching Materials Projects:
- Give a brief explanation of your materials and how you are using them.
- What was your biggest takeaway?
- Give specific examples of how you implemented what you learned into your classroom.
- How are these materials directly or indirectly benefiting your students?