Teachers’ Lounge: Bring extra funds into your classroom this Thanksgiving

In the November Edition of the Teachers’ Lounge, we’re focused on helping you maximize donations during Thanksgiving time. Your potential supporters having giving on the brain, with the holidays approaching and #GivingTuesday happening next week. We’re bringing you tips to make sure you don’t get forgotten in the craze.

Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to find the teacher-submitted question and your easy chance to win $25 for your classroom.

Double your donations on #GivingTuesday


We’re matching the first 100 donations on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 29), up to $50. We want you friends, families, and supporters to have double the impact in your classroom.

How can you increase your chances of being adopted? Here are three ways:

  1. Email your family, friends, and past supporters.

Chances are, they’re already planning to make a charitable donation (or five) on #GivingTuesday. They’ll be grateful for the reminder to help you out!

For ideas on crafting your story, head here>>

  1. Post about your classroom on social media.

You never know who might see your post and be inspired to give.

For posting ideas, head here>>

  1. Send a pitch to local reporters.

News stations and local papers are always looking for feel-good stories with a local connection. Make your classroom the #GivingTuesday highlight by reaching out to an education reporter or community newspaper in your area.

For inspiration from a teacher who makes this work, head here>>

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Win $100 with a #TeachersChangeLives Video


We’re asking people to share informal, 30-second cellphone videos about a teacher who changed their life. Thirty randomly-selected entries will receive $100 for a classroom of their choice. Ask your friends to participate, and submit your own (you can select your own classroom to win $100).

Learn more>> 

Outside Opportunity: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow


Public school teachers nationwide can help their school win a share of $2M in Samsung technology by entering the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Developing projects that apply STEAM subjects to improve your local community, can empower your students to learn creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Extended Deadline: November 30>>

Outside Opportunity: Apply for the Fishman Prize 

Four winners will participate in a thought-provoking summer residency which gives them a platform to speak out about teaching and learning and the space to reflect on and share ideas about content and instruction. Each winner also receives $25,000.

1st Deadline: December 13>>

Teacher Question, answer on Facebook to win $25

“How do you differentiate your lesson plans/activities for honors versus regular classes?” -Natalie

Answer Natalie’s question on Facebook for a chance to win $25 for your classroom.

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