Nov 2020

Listening To Teacher Demand: Tracking K–12 Student Needs During COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, many teachers knew that millions of their students wouldn’t have the home environment needed to transition successfully to remote learning. Videos of educators going to all manner of lengths to deliver food and learning supplies to students have tugged at our heartstrings.

As the pandemic has progressed, what students need to make progress has come into sharper focus—even amidst the uncertainty surrounding the election and what lies in store for schools in the winter.

The national education nonprofit DonorsChoose has a unique window into the real-time and granular needs of teachers and students based on what teachers request on their site. With 50,000 teacher projects live on its site, teachers are asking for money to buy everything from books and hygiene items to headphones and devices to culturally-responsive materials and mental health resources.


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