Inspirational Quotes from Charles Best

No matter the circumstances, teachers show up each day ready to give their students every opportunity possible, and they never give up.

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I created DonorsChoose by putting pencil to paper – literally – and sketching out each screen of the web site and how it would work. Then I paid a programmer from Poland $1,500 to turn my sketches and common-sense rules into a functioning website.

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Well, just as in the quality of public schools, there is massive disparity and the compensation given to the public school teachers.

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If we can show the world that there are students in all sorts of communities who don’t have the material they need for a great education, that will be the first major step to doing something about it.

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Every day, teachers across the country excite their students with new opportunities and experiences.

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The most incredible businesses are started by entrepreneurs who relentlessly pursue their passion, but passion works best with a thoughtful, ambitious-yet-grounded business plan.

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We will employ almost every strategy and hustle in any possible way to recruit top engineers to our team.

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To take on the jobs of tomorrow, students must become more than good test takers. They need to become makers who design, sketch, build, and prototype. And their classrooms will need more than a chalkboard and a set of textbooks.

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Students can’t dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes, and robotics kits – or even paper, pencils, and paste.

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People on the front lines have the best ideas for how to improve things.

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Why is it that, when we want to think outside the proverbial box, we often put ourselves in one? We gather our team in a conference room, plaster the walls with sticky paper, and wait for the ideas to flow in a stream of marker scribbles. How often has your quest for innovation peaked at renovation – new dressing on old ideas?

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DonorsChoose was conceived at a Bronx public high school where I taught social studies for five years. In the teachers’ lunch room, my colleagues and I often lamented a problem that drained learning from students and creativity from teachers: a lack of funding for essential materials and for the activities that bring subject matter to life.

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Whether you’re saying ‘thank you’ to friends, family members, customers, or a hiring manager who interviewed you for a job, the case in favor of gratitude is both altruistic and pragmatic.

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Learning is a critical part of our mission and organizational culture.

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We think the ability to rattle off people you are grateful to and thankful to is often sort of a proxy for openness to learning from others.

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We’ve long believed teachers know best what their students need to succeed, and that includes the creation of healthy, supportive school communities.

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We evaluate all business decisions based on how we can best serve public school teachers and their students.

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We aren’t prescribing anything. We’re not claiming to be the experts. We aren’t advocating for or against any program. We are going to create a platform that says very explicitly what it is that teachers experience in their classrooms.

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Students who learn to collaborate and negotiate – on Capitol Hill, in the board room, in everyday life – will outperform peers who have higher test scores.

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I was lucky enough to go to boarding school for my high school years, and I had all the resources that I possibly could needed – squash courts and every book you ever would have wanted, every art supply.

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We want to use our site to galvanize people to give but also to take important steps toward real change.

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Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit to violins for a school recital to microscope slides for a biology class.

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If you track your organization’s creativity by the number of brainstorms on your calendar, you’re missing out. It’s more important to capture those unplanned sparks of inspiration that so often come when we’re cooking dinner, taking a shower, or commuting to work.

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Access to sports is an important part of a well-rounded education, and it takes committed communities and companies like Dick’s to make a real difference in kids’ lives.

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For my 9th birthday, my only wish was to eat like a farmer boy. I had devoured ‘The Little House on the Prairie’ book series and wanted to be like Almanzo Wilder, the protagonist of ‘Farmer Boy,’ one of the later installments in the ‘Little House’ series.

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Acknowledging someone is an act of altruism in the first place, so converting that act of altruism into a pizza party or company fleece jacket or a gift card is fine, but it’s not in keeping with spirit in which it all began.

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We are so humbled and grateful to Google for their devotion to our teachers and students.

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We make friends with people we admire, including those you might consider competitors, like charity: water, Kiva, and Global Giving. We get on a call with them and exchange ideas.

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Acknowledging someone is an act of altruism in the first place, so converting that act of altruism into a pizza party or company fleece jacket or a gift card is fine, but it’s not in keeping with spirit in which it all began.

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When I began teaching, my colleagues and I quickly realized that our students didn’t have access to the same resources we had growing up. We knew there were supplies and resources that could help our students, but our school district simply couldn’t afford them.

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I’d listened to my colleagues in the teachers’ lunchroom. I could tell they were passionate, fired-up people who had great ideas for strategies and projects to help kids learn better. They just didn’t have the resources. I was frustrated, but I also knew it was a frustration felt by teachers all over the city.

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Teachers are heroes.

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I’ve been a fan of bass fishing for as long as I can remember.

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We all remember special days at school, whether it was going on a field trip, doing a science experiment, or performing in a school play.

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At DonorsChoose.org, we believe that classroom teachers often know their students better than anybody else in the system and that their front-line experience gives them a special kind of wisdom.

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Whether you’re raising money for a cause, a personal need, or a project, most crowdfunding sites center on you hitting up people you already know. These sites make it easier to tap your social network for funds, but only the most compelling cases inspire support from strangers.

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Our ideological dilemmas won’t ever be solved by machines.

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America’s best teachers are always looking for new ways to bring learning to life.

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An art project, a hands-on science experiment, or a special field trip can transcend textbooks and flash cards. No one knows this better than those teaching students with autism.

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Our brains are designed to solve some of our most complex problems when we’re distracted by routine habits.

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At DonorsChoose.org, we believe that teachers are unsung heroes.

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At DonorsChoose.org, we’ve seen what technology can do for a classroom. We make it easy for teachers to request the materials they need most for their classrooms and for donors to make a meaningful contribution to education.

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Arianna Huffington is one of the greatest champions of this idea – that anyone can make a difference.

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Within a single school, teachers often encounter differences in poverty levels, parent involvement, and student readiness.

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At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.

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Committed teachers know their students’ needs better than anyone in the system. Traditionally, however, teachers have little control over the purchase of student materials.

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You have to wade through tons of ‘no’s’ to get one ‘yes,’ and you can’t let it go to your head when you get that yes.

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My colleagues and I would spend a lot of our own money on copy paper and pencils, and often we couldn’t get the resources that would excite our students about learning.

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I’m not tech savvy at all.

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I’ve met with titans of Silicon Valley because they’re investing in our national expansion. I’ve had lunch with Claire Danes because she sees DonorsChoose.org as the best way to help students in public schools. I would never, ever rub shoulders with such people if I had followed the typical career path in investment banking or whatever.

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I do not live off canned soup.

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Teachers know how to improve education, but they are a voice that is consistently overlooked or ignored.

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