What is Educators of America?
Educators of America is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping teachers improve student engagement and increase student achievement in the classroom. Established in 2015 in the city of Buffalo, New York, we currently operate across the entire United States and internationally – with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. We believe education is the most important tool that we can give to one another. Our organization is staffed with certified teachers, educators, and evaluation professionals who commit to working with their fellow peers across the United States in the following areas:
- Help teachers rediscover their passion for teaching
- Provide meaningful and useful Professional development
- Integrate Education Technology with curriculum and standards
- Coach teachers in Project-Based Learning
Educators of America addresses the issue of teacher professional development needs and to mend the disconnect between themselves and their students in the classroom. Witnessing the growing discontent and suboptimal PD being offered to educators (and ourselves), we took it upon ourselves to find out the reason behind the discontent and how to fix it.
The reason? Nobody was asking teachers what they wanted to know. What would be effective in their classrooms? What would help their students? How would a pedagogy or coaching improve student engagement? What role does Education Technology play in all of this?
These were all the questions (and more) that we decided to begin asking our fellow teachers, educators, and administration. Through interviews, phone calls, and focus groups, we decided that making a positive difference – deviance from the norm – was necessary. In addition, through our observation and collection of teacher information, we discovered the difficulties teachers face when attempting to get the Education Technology they (and their students) want in their classroom.
The solution was simple. Provide useful and effective Professional Development for Educators and offer a MicroGrant Program that allows Teachers to apply directly to us to receive the EdTech they need for their classrooms and curriculums.
We are determined to alter education by providing teachers the technological resources and professional development skills to inspire students to achieve more than ever before. Our mission is simple: to connect educators and teachers with the tools and training they need to help students increase achievement in the classroom every day. We plan to achieve this through five programs:
- EdTech Microgrants
- Professional Development
- EdTech Research & Review
- Building Cultural Bridges
- Building Hope Campaign