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Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World." For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

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A Helping Hand for Our Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Teachers are heroes. They face tremendous pressures, from adapting to new education standards, to engaging a more digitally savvy generation of students, to addressing the needs of a larger population of special-needs students. Within a single school, teachers often encounter differences in poverty levels, parent involvement and student readiness.

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'Thrive' e o filantropo de 26 dólares

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Há 14 anos, comecei a ensinar história em uma escola pública do Bronx, em Nova York. Meus alunos e colegas eram incríveis, mas eu via que a minha escola não tinha os mesmos recursos daquelas em que eu tinha estudado.

Meus colegas e eu gastamos muito do nosso próprio dinheiro...

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Thrive and the $26 Philanthropist

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Fourteen years ago, I began teaching history at a public high school in the Bronx. My students and colleagues were awesome, but I could see that the school where I was teaching did not have the same resources as the schools I'd attended.

My colleagues and I spent a...

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Preparing Our Students for the Economy of 2031

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Forget the recession of 2008. It's time we start planning for the economy of 2031.

In 2031, many of the kindergartners who started school this month will enter the workforce as newly-minted college graduates. Right now, the next (or perhaps next-next) generation of marine biologists, civil engineers, and tech startup...

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Fueling Your School Fuels the Economy

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:56 PM

Twelve years ago, I began teaching history at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx. My new students and colleagues were awesome, but I could see that the school where I was teaching did not have the same resources as the schools I'd attended.

At my old high...

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Connecting With Classrooms Through DonorsChoose.org

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 1:41 AM

Thanks in great part to "Waiting For 'Superman' ", America is talking about education. As a former history teacher in the Bronx, I'm thrilled to see such a spirited discussion.

But after we talk about the problems in our public schools, we must take action. And here's where it gets...

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Stephen Colbert Loves Birthdays and Classrooms

(24) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 10:05 AM

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.

A week...

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Mel Gibson: What you can do about it

(16) Comments | Posted August 14, 2006 | 2:16 PM

In his most recent Huffington Post submission, Chris McGowan argued that Mel Gibson's drunken anti-Semitism should prompt us to take a look at our schools. The best response to Gibson's outburst, he wrote, is "Education, education, education. And the separation of science and religion in the classroom..." (8/4/06)

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