Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for EdSurge, Emily Tate explains how DonorsChoose helped identify what teachers have on their wishlists to improve their school systems and bring the best resources to students. 

· The organization's insight report could be a useful tool for donors trying to better understand the broader education landscape.

· Check out this article about supporting teachers in the digital age


Last year, 274,000 classroom projects were imagined, funded and fulfilled because of an idea one teacher had almost two decades ago.

That idea gave way to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit where teachers can create projects and request resources to help their students, and then donors come in to put up the funds. In 2018, it reached classrooms in 52,000 schools, or nearly half of all public schools in the U.S.

Because so many educators turn to DonorsChoose to seek out classroom supplies, the organization is able to learn a lot from project requests posted on the site, which it analyzes and publishes in an annual insight report. For starters, teachers are increasingly showing an interest in projects related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), a reflection of a national trend in education.

But the projects themselves have evolved over the years to account for a much wider variety of interests and aptitudes, says Ali Rosen, a senior director of pre-K-12 partnerships at DonorsChoose. Take the recent push to include more computer science education in schools, for example.

Read the full article about teachers' wish lists by Emily Tate at EdSurge.