Only 35% of 12th graders in the United States read at grade level. SPI offers written proof of literacy in action and effective education in the world. With your support, students will develop the critical skills they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
SPI’s work is made possible by the support of pioneering donors who share a commitment to effective teaching and empowering young people through education.
SPI has over a dozen years of experience working in some of the nation’s toughest schools. We specialize in meeting the needs of underserved, at-risk and incarcerated youth and we work with teachers across the country, dedicated to helping students raise their reading and writing skills through oral history, profile writing, and social justice initiatives.
Your support helps SPI:
- Develop go-to Curriculum Guides and Digital Tutorials for teachers
- Host intensive Summer Institutes for teachers and other educational leaders
- Offer collaborative coaching and support to educators
- Provide web-based mentoring and professional development
- Establish local school partnerships and remote classroom projects
- Produce student and teacher publications - hardcopy and online
- Sponsor readings, panel discussions, and community events with educators across the nation
Purchase supplies for a classroom journalism project.
Donate video and sound recorders for a neighborhood documentary project.
Give a classroom an SPI library of student-authored texts.
Sponsor a teacher at a 4-day intensive SPI Summer Institute.
Support a student author for a yearlong book project.
Sponsor a Digital SPI Project: The online publication will be dedicated in your honor.
Support a SPI graduate student intern: covers training, transportation, and a small stipend to help an intern prepare for future work with students and teachers in need.
Underwrite a school partnership project: Follow the progress of an SPI classroom publication from beginning inception to the yearend performance and book reading. The classroom publication will be dedicated in your honor.
Fully fund a school partnership project: Provide all necessary resources to transform classrooms into veritable publishing houses. The staged reading or performance will be dedicated in your honor.
Allow 75 teachers to participate and learn the knowledge and resources they need to develop classroom projects in their own schools.
Please send a check payable to Student Press Initiative, Teachers College and mail to:Student Press Initiative
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, box 182
New York, NY 10027
Contact us via the web or call 212.678.3161 for more information.
Teachers College is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. Consider making a gift in honor of a loved one.