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Posted May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening experience during his time in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

How Two Black Male Educators Made the Forbes 30 Under 30

Jason Terrell and Mario Jovan Shaw met through the 2012 Teach For America Corps and lived together as roommates. Frustrated with the lack of Black…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017

Coffee Break: Colorado Ed Reformer Mike Johnston on DeVos, DACA and His Future in the Democratic Party

Mike Johnston was a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta, a principal for six years in Colorado, and served as a senior…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Here’s Why I’m Defending Teach For America

Whenever I have the opportunity to share about myself, I always scan the room before sharing that “I am a TFA alumna.” I like to…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Schools Waste Too Much Time Trying to Find Good Teachers, and Colleges Can Fix That

“After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and most demanding, subtle, nuanced, and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

We Do Have a Problem With Teacher Supply and Demand But It Has Nothing to Do With a Teacher Shortage

Here’s something I’ve been struggling to understand of late. What makes the prospect of a teacher shortage such an immediately compelling narrative, capable of spreading with…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted July 26, 2016

Checking Up on TFA Corps Members 8 Years Later

Reflexive opposition to Teach For America (TFA) is commonplace and the arguments against the organization are recycled regularly: Corps members are ill-prepared, they don’t stay…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 6, 2016

In Memphis, Teach For America Is More Diverse and Local Than Ever

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported on the 10-year anniversary of Teach For America (TFA) in Memphis. It was fascinating to see how the demographics…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 25, 2016

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Beth Anderson on TFA Inspiration, Moments of Triumph, and ‘Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution’

Beth Anderson, founder of the Phoenix Charter School Academy Network in Massachusetts, thought she knew what a hard life looked like—until she became a teacher…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago is Raising Them

Today, the Consortium on Chicago School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures. Key takeaways…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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