If you had access to an unlimited budget, what resources would you request to take your school to the next level? Come learn how to better leverage DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit crowdfunding platform built exclusively to support K–12 public schools, to get materials and experiences to help your students learn and revolutionize your school. This session will cover how your teachers can get free resources, field trips, and professional development opportunities thanks to a national community of donors and highlight the critical role principals play in that process.
Presenters: Kirk Smiley, Principal Director, Advocacy and Public Partnerships, DonorsChoose.org. Kirk Smiley leads DonorsChoose.org's work with school districts, state leaders, and education associations, helping them leverage the award-winning charity to serve their educational priorities and bring substantial support to teachers and students. He's presented to thousands of district administrators, including at national and state-level AASA, ASBO, NSBA, NSFA, and ISTE conferences. He previously spent 10 years managing corporate and foundation partnerships at DonorsChoose.org and joined DonorsChoose.org back in 2007, originally directing their Indiana statewide expansion. Kirk graduated with honors from Purdue with B.A. degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies, a B.S. in Management, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management. Coming from a long lineage of public school educators, he is honored to be helping thousands of teachers and students through DonorsChoose.org.
Danielle Rowe, New School for Social Research. Danielle works to deepen relationships with school district administrators across the country. A New York native, Danielle is a proud product of public school education. As a former educator, Danielle understands how limited resources can negatively affect educational outcomes and is committed to promoting educational equity and eliminating the achievement gap.