Discussion in 'General Education' started by chicagoturtle, Jan 27, 2018.
Jan 30, 2018
I'm supposed to have some DC'd robots arrive today...
I'm headed to a PD trip in Florida next week...all expenses paid, thanks to DC!
DonorsChoose.org has jumped the shark. This crowd funding society we find ourselves in has reached silly proportions.
If you don't care for DonorsChoose, then don't use it.
Meanwhile, I'll be water skiing with The Fonz.
Don’t you think using donors choose to take out of state for a PD is a little outside of the intended scope? Am I really the only one who thinks that?
Why do you care what they use the funds for? You don't like DC. So, the point is moot.
Not who you responded to, but my take:
"DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you"
It is designed to help classrooms, not further people's careers. If people start using it as education funding, people will move away from the good that Donorschoose.org was intended for.
I say if someone wants to get money for a PD, use GoFundMe because in reality the biggest benefit is to the person who is getting the funds, not the school.
I didn’t say I don’t like it, I just think they should pay for the ad space, just like that virtual teaching site that posts on here once a month. What does irritate me is the notion that this noble venture to help supply needy children is being used for a PD vacay. I’d be embarrassed even asking for that. Much like the people on here who were slamming the parents for sending out a registry to their one year old’s Birthday party a few months ago. To each their own.
Donors Choose lists professional development as one of the things its willing to help out with and provides a clear breakdown of how much teachers can request to cover various things. No one's going on an extravagant vacation on Donors Choose funds, especially if the PD is taking place in an expensive area.
I've used Donor's Choose for a few things. The last district I worked in started a blended learning initiative and gave us all kinds of cool apps, websites, programs etc to use, but didn't give my building any tech. I got a handful of iPads and some headphones with mics through DC.
What a scam. What’s to stop me and a friend from setting up a trip to Japan (for PD of course) and each of us entirely funding the others project? Why would we do that? We can write the whole thing off on our taxes.
Gotta love this world...
In the case of funding a PD, I have to agree that is an incorrect use of DC. My hope is to use it to purchase a washer and dryer (I have a plumber who will donate his services to hook them up) for my homeless students who don't have clean clothes. If they stay in school for the day, they get access to the facilities.
Sounds like a noble venture. How will you fund the ongoing detergent and dryer sheets?
Good question! I have an individual sponsor who has given the school a stipend at the local grocery store for breakfast items and other needs, but not enough for this kind of machinery.
I don't get how using DC for PD could be seen as a "misuse" of the site. No one is forcing any donors to contribute, and there is a limit on what expenses you can request funding for (for example, they'll include the full cost for conference fees, but have a (fairly small) cap on flight and hotel expenditures. You can't just take a fancy trip abroad and write it all off, that's not how the site works.
According to John Hattie's research, teacher efficacy is one of the most powerful and predictive factors in improving student outcomes, and I think that self-selected professional development can only increase Teacher efficacy. I don't see how anyone could try to claim that PD doesn't directly benefit students.
Total transportation expenditures covered PER TRIP is $150. That includes round-trip airfare and ground transportation. They also give a total lodging allowance of $100/day. Good luck planning a lavish trip to Japan on that budget.
Jan 31, 2018
Admittedly, I didn’t notice the cap on transportation. I’m willing to admit when wrong. I don’t see there being a cap on how many days beyond the PD you can stay and take advantage of $100 per day hotel and $60 per day food though.
There are local and webinar training options, many of which are free. Theoretically there is only so much money to go around, I think that should go to tangible things that are available to the children. Most would agree, for PD to be successful, there has to be continued follow up, not attend lectures for a few days. We aren’t talking about earth shifting changes occuring based on a few days in Florida.
1. This is a national conference for the Council for Exceptional Children. It's not something that can just be done online. I NEVER get PD related to Special Education. Trust me, few people care what we do or the progress my kids make.
2. My district would never be able to afford to pay for this conference even if they felt like it...some wealthy districts can. It's not fair that some teachers get access to that information/training for their students, and some don't.
3. If PD was an incorrect use of DC, PD wouldn't be an option. I've done nothing wrong. You have no idea what "continued follow up" is planned for my PD or how I plan to reflect on my own learning. I don't participate in things that won't be beneficial to my students.
Glad to see assuming positive intent remains alive and well!
Heaven help better teacher training help students...
This is why "Assume Good Intentions" is one of our staff norms. I think we all want what's best and right for our kids and the best/ethical use of money.
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