Students in the U.S. will soon be going back to school. To kick off the season, I’ve got two new posts on the Gates Notes as well as a great opportunity to help our foundation support teachers.
First, here’s a post I wrote about my meeting with Washington state and National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning. Mandy teaches English and math to teenage immigrants and refugees in Spokane, Washington. The stories she told about her students inspired me, and I think they’ll inspire you.
Read about my meeting with Mandy
Second, here’s a guest Gates Notes post by Mandy, a terrific piece about why teachers need more of a voice in the decisions that affect their classrooms.
Read Mandy’s post
Finally, I hear from teachers across the country about how much of their own money they have to spend on school supplies. And I hear from people who want to help out. So Melinda and I are teaming up with a great organization to connect donors with teachers who need supplies for the coming school year. All day Wednesday, August 22, our foundation will give a 50% boost to all donations made through DonorsChoose.org. Your $20 donation will become $30. Your $50 donation will become $75. And so on.
Support a classroom
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