The university’s matching campaign with the crowdfunding charity helped fund 165 projects and impacted more than 24,000 students.
American InterContinental University (AIU) is committed to the success of educators and students, both in the classroom and beyond. In a show of this support, AIU recently partnered with DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that supports public school teachers through crowdfunding.
The university’s DonorsChoose.org campaign, launched in concert with some key updates to its new Master of Education degree program specializations in elementary and secondary education,helped fund 165 projects and impacted more than 24,000 students. The AIU matching fund program focused on college and career preparation projects in high-poverty, 6th-to-12th grade public schools across the country.
Among the projects funded were a host of creative, immersive approaches to teaching crucial concepts to junior-high and high-school students, including:
The College Prep Cart of Awesomeness
Preparing for college is an important high school milestone. Unfortunately, not every school has the resources available to properly assist students on this journey. At Hale High School in Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Morris asked for donations to help create the “College Prep Cart of Awesomeness.” This cart would act as a resource hub of information containing everything students would need to research and apply for colleges all across the country. By obtaining materials like individual college guidebooks, application paperwork and more, his students now are able to prepare for the next stage of their education.
In order to give students a strong set of life skills and enable them to be workforce ready, librarian Ms. Smith conceived the idea for Café Westside. This project would see her 6th-8th grade students at Westside Atlanta Charter School in Winder, Ga., operating a working café within the school’s media center. They are responsible for every aspect of the café, from developing the business plan and advertising to distributing coffee and cocoa to students and faculty, imparting both valuable life skills and core business skills. According to Ms. Smith, the venture has been such a success to date that plans for a menu expansion and longer hours are in the works.
Resume Writing: From Paper to Digital
Creating a resume that highlights key skills and abilities is an essential part of preparing to enter the job market. But with technology evolving at a rapid pace, simply drafting a paper resume may not be enough to give job seekers an edge. This is the roadblock Mr. Dixon of Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology in Paterson, N.J., wanted to overcome with his innovative project. With supplies including a GoPro HERO4 video camera and a resume writing guide, he’s arming his students to create a traditional resume and then use that as a basis for creating a digital version. This project was designed to not only teach the students the vital skill of resume writing, but to also make them aware of the importance of professional behavior and branding themselves for their chosen careers
Extra! Extra! Read All About College!
In order to familiarize his English language-learning students with the idea of going to college, Mr. Diaz of Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars in Los Angeles decided to get creative. His project saw students creating individual newspaper templates that would give information on different universities. The project – which required an instant camera, film, and other supplies – allowed students to continue to build their writing skills while building their interest in pursuing an education beyond high school. The newspapers were then displayed around the Academy to introduce different universities to their peers.
The SAT is Changing and So Must We
Even though Highline School District 401 in Seattle has a high emphasis on college and career readiness, its limited budget means that updating test-prep books is a low priority. With major rewrites to the SAT, outdated books will do little to help students prepare to take arguably the most important test of their lives. Teacher Librarian Ms. Glasgow’s project was a simple request: updated SAT and ACT prep books so her students could have the best chance at studying for their upcoming exams. These books allowed her students to review the recent SAT changes and focus on preparing for the next step of their educational journey.
Ready for more inspiration? Discover the stories and students behind the other 160 projects AIU helped bring to life.
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