This week we’re profiling Teach For America. Are they in your Givolio?
Around the world, 250 million children lack the skills necessary to read, write, or perform basic mathematics. In rich and poor countries alike, where children are born largely determines the kind of education they’ll receive and, ultimately, their options in life. After 25 years, Teach For America’s mission remains the same: to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.
Enlisting: They recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members.
Developing: They train and support corps members in the practices of great teachers and leaders. With hard work, perseverance, and strong partnerships with their students, students’ families, and communities, corps members can dramatically increase the opportunities available to their students in school and in life.
Mobilizing: Corps members don’t just teach their students, they learn from them. At the end of two years, they use those lessons to choose their path forward. Many stay in the classroom. Others move into politics, school leadership, nonprofit work, advocacy, and more. All of their paths matter because together they form a network—connecting, expanding, and strengthening the movement to give all kids access to a great education.
Teach For America has 5 core values: transformational change, team, leadership, respect and humility, and diversity. For the value of diversity, they believe that no matter a person background, ethnicity or social status, Teach For America strives to promote education for all. Teach For America seeks to enlist our nation’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequity.