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Is Teach for America Beginning to Lose Its Luster?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

A recent article notes that the TFA program is "suddenly having recruitment problems." The article reveals that applications are down 10 percent, yet the demand for recruits from the program "is extremely high," according to the co-chief executive of Teach for America.

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

Around the World in 30 Days - January 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

I talked with world leaders from India, England, Finland and Europe about their goals to improve education. Each had a distinct project and clear opinions about what was the most important facet of education to focus on.

The Global Search for Education: Education Is My Right -- India

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

It's my pleasure to invite Shaheen Mistri to The Global Search for Education today to tell us more about Teach for India's good work.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

More People With Higher SAT Scores Are Going Into Teaching, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

New York state parents and students rejoice: A new study says the academic ability of new teachers in the state has risen substantially in recent year...

Building Education Hubs in Emerging Markets

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Providing a better education, that connects to the values of entrepreneurship and private sector skills, will be key for this generation -- as the WISE community knows well.

Obama's USDOE: Appointed to Privatize. Period.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The deeper story in what the Obama administration values regarding American education lay in its selection of US Department of Education (USDOE) appointees. Their backgrounds tell the story, and it isn't a good one for the public school student.

Ryan J. Reilly

Meet The Teach For America Official Charged With Bringing Change To Ferguson And Beyond | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Tuesday announced the 16 members of the Ferguson Commission, which was established to address issues o...

Choose Dignity: A Call to Action

Tim'm West | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Tim'm West

When I started teaching, it never occurred to me to NOT be out in the classroom. But the big open secret in education is that many teachers across the country remain closeted, at great peril to themselves and even more so to our students.

Two Percent Is Not Enough

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Two percent. That is the number of teachers in this country who are African-American men. This would be shocking as a stand-alone statistic, but in the context of our nation's student population, it is appalling.

It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Matt Kramer

When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?

Teach For All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

In order for us to one day achieve the vision of providing all children with excellent education, Teach For All and other social impact alliances must increasingly come together to improve the breadth and depth of work being done.

Darla Moore

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

While each investment has its own set of metrics, there always must be in place a measurable, independent system to provide the data necessary to judge the progress of the entity receiving the investment.

Beyond the Bell

G. David Wilson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Every year, thousands of people across America embark on an incredible journey. They are a variety of people -- from young to old, recent college graduates to retirees, lawyers to medical professionals from all backgrounds and from states across the country.

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

An Open Letter to Teach for America

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I am no fan of the TFA program. I do not believe that five or six weeks of training -- in a controlled environment, to boot -- is in any way sufficient to prepare you for the classroom.

On Brown's Birthday, A Return to the Table of Brotherhood

Becky O’Neill | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Becky O’Neill

Sixty years later, we must ask the question: Does the pursuit of school integration have a place on our 21st century agenda? For many, the short answer is no.

One Thank You, Two Generations of Teachers

Leonor Dones | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Leonor Dones

I know that he will not become a millionaire teaching, and I worry about how hard he works, but knowing that he's sharing pieces of himself with the kids who need him is priceless to me.

How's Your Love Life... With Your Country?

MacKenzie Moritz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
MacKenzie Moritz

We donate to a few causes we care about, and occasionally sign an online petition, but we throw our hands up in defeat when it comes to tackling the big issues facing our country.

Why We Do It

G. David Wilson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Teaching is hard -- harder than hard. It is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done. And although you hear that from everyone who has served Teach for America, you don't really understand it, until you experience it.

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Matt Kramer

My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering. It doesn't have to be that way.


Kate Casas | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Kate Casas

My students could teach our policymakers that everyone should be approaching education with the idea that equality should really be about how to get every student what they need to succeed.

The Dangers of Resisting

Uzra Khan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Uzra Khan

The debate surrounding Teach For America's motives and impact has been prolific and ongoing. Very often, the debate sheds light on real voids in TFA's programming and structure, and provides strong ideas for TFA's improvement.

My Solution to the American Education Debate: Joining Teach For America

Colby Woodis | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Colby Woodis

The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Personally, I don't quite know what the right answer is. So I decided to join Teach for America to find out.