Professional development projects help teachers acquire knowledge, skills or credentials to improve their craft as a teacher and create a direct impact on student learning.
Professional development projects must clearly describe:
- The learning objective (eg. socio-emotional teaching techniques)
- How the learning objective will be achieved (eg. books, conferences, training)
- How students will benefit (eg. more up-to-date AP content)
Read on to learn about our guidelines for Professional Development projects:
Out of an abundance of care for the safety of our teachers and students, starting Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, DonorsChoose will not support trip and visitor projects with in-person or travel components until at least Spring 2021. Check out our help center for more details. You can still create a project for a virtual trip, such as an online professional development workshop.
- Event Registration: If you need to submit a deposit to participate in an event, that is a-ok. However, you should not pay out of pocket for the full event registration prior to submitting your project. Our team needs to be directly involved in payment to the vendor.
- Bundled Packages: Bundled pricing for PD events can be requested if there are no ticket types/options. For example a ticket that’s all inclusive for event registration, food, transportation and lodging would be switched for an available ticket for event registration.
- Event Timeline: You can post your project for an event anytime between 2 and 8 months from the date you submit your project, even if it’s next school year
- Visitor projects can request the cost of the virtual visitor.
- We aren’t able to cover food/lodging/transportation reimbursements for visitors. If those expenses are needed, they should be included in the visitor’s quote.
- Technology: Resources serve to facilitate your learning! Projects that request technology devices should illustrate how the device will allow you to access professional development resources.
Questions? Reach out to our team.