A Professional Development project’s thank-you package is similar to a standard Materials project and still consists of an impact letter, photos, and, if any eligible donors, student thank-yous.
For your thank-you package photos
Share a variety of photos that show your donors the impact your professional development (PD) project had on you and/or your students.
Photo Ideas for Virtual Conferences, Seminars, Webinars and Workshops Projects:
- Screenshots of virtual guest speakers or speaker panels
- You in your classroom putting any new ideas into action from your virtual PD
Photo Ideas for Books, Manuals, and Teaching Materials Projects:
- You opening the package containing your new books, manuals, or teaching 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 Virtual 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?
For your student thank-yous
Your students can write or draw notes about the lessons or activities you bring to the classroom as a result of your professional development.
- What new things have happened in class?
- How has the classroom changed?
- Do you teach differently in a way that students recognize?