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Three Things I Learned By Taking a Road Trip From Newark to the White House with 38 Seventh-Graders

Monica Gray | Posted 06.20.2016 | Education
Monica Gray

On June 3rd, 2016 I took a road trip to the White House with 38 seventh-graders from Newark, NJ, and it's a day that I'll never forget.

This Is Not the Way to Prepare and Support Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In my previous Huffington Post blog I wrote very critically about Teach for America. New York City has its own alternative certification Teach for Ame...

Teach For America Fails Students and Recruits

Alan Singer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Promoting alternative pathways for recruiting teachers and attacks on the inadequacies of Schools of Education are among the hallmarks of the so-called education reform agenda.

Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

Dan Butin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professional Ethicists - Is Education a Profession? - Part 2

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We should try to raise consciousness about a teaching corps that is highly professionalized." --  Howard Gardner In the profit-above-all-world o...

America's Rich Diversity Should Be Reflected in Our Teaching Force

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teacher diversity is an educational civil right for our students. The research is clear that a diverse teaching force is essential to ensuring high-quality education for all students, and especially for students of color.

Pearson and TFA: Both Making Cuts; Both Spinning Similar Language

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In January 2016, Pearson announced that it would be cutting 4,000 jobs (roughly ten percent of its workforce) in a the second "restructuring" (a euphe...

TFA's Diversity Paradox

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

TFA alum and scholar Terrenda White says that TFA's diversity gains have come at the expense of teachers of color, whose numbers have declined drastically in the very cities where the organization has expanded.

Diversity in Teaching: TFA Walks the Walk, AFT Talks the Talk

Erika Sanzi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

It takes a lot of nerve for the head of a huge teaching organization known to have an overwhelmingly white membership to play the diversity card against another teaching organization that has 50 percent teachers of color, yet in the crazy world of education politics, it happened.

Why This Teacher Says More Classrooms Should Be Modeled After Gangs

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.23.2016 | Black Voices

Christopher Emdin says he knows how to get poor, black kids interested in school, and it involves treating his classrooms more like gangs. Gangs give...

The Missing Conversation at Teach For America's 25th Anniversary Summit

Kelly Peeler | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Kelly Peeler

This past weekend, the NextGenVest team headed to the Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. It was incredible to see an organization facilitate candid discussions about tough topics  --  from the school to prison pipeline, to the need for more diverse educators.

Teach for America: Lies, Damned Lies, and Special Contracts

T. Jameson Brewer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
T. Jameson Brewer

While this past weekend found TFA celebrating what they call 25 years of success, the event marked another chapter in TFA's "movement" to displace teachers, deprofessionalize teaching, and privatize education.

This Educator Still Firmly Believes in Teach For America

Dallas Rico | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Dallas Rico

Last weekend in D.C, 15,000 alums, including myself, celebrated Teach For America's 25th anniversary. A quarter-century's a long time for any organiz...

Considering Teach for America? Stay longer than two years.

Lauren Boyle | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Lauren Boyle

This past weekend, over 15,000 past, present and prospective Teach for America corps members met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary...

The Long Game

Wendy Kopp | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

On Saturday, February 6, Teach For America founder and current CEO of Teach For All, Wendy Kopp, spoke to more than 15,000 Teach For America alumni, corps members, staff, and supporters at TFA's 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC.

Advice for My Students: DON'T "Teach For America"

Daniel Katz | Posted 12.23.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

While I respect that my students might be excited to join an organization that says it is dedicated to getting young and talented people into classrooms with our most needy students, there is literally nothing positive that Teach For America offers my students that they cannot do for themselves.

The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Sarah Matsui | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Sarah Matsui

The narrative of 'Work Hard, Get Smart' and 'No Excuses' demands individual hero sacrifice. This kind of oversimplified idealism encouraged dehumanizing behaviors among many TFA corps members and negatively impacted their well-being as people and as teachers.

National Service Chaplains: A Call to Congregations Serving Those Who Serve

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.

Make This Thanksgiving Unforgettable for Those You Love

Kare Anderson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Good News
Kare Anderson

Now anyone anywhere can record their story about someone who made a meaningful difference in their life.

Hurricane Evacuations Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Bullard said it won't be easy for many African Americans to leave or return in the next big storm, whether it's under their own steam or the city's auspices.

The Brutal Reality of the New Orleans Education Experiment

Jamie M. Carroll | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Jamie M. Carroll

Ten years after Katrina, many claim the changes to New Orleans education are a resounding victory. But at what costs? The disadvantaged schools have achieved these score increases by creating an education force led by advantaged, white outsiders, And I was one of them.

Teach For America Sees Another Big Drop In Accepted Corps Members

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

Teach For America, the controversial education nonprofit that places recent college graduates as teachers in disadvantaged classrooms, saw a decline i...

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Calling Out Teach for America's Myths

T. Jameson Brewer | Posted 07.10.2016 | Education
T. Jameson Brewer

While TFA operationalizes and cashes in on promoting the failed school myth all the while in partnership with corps member "success stories," what is needed most are counter-narratives that tell a more honest story about what it means to be a teacher -- and in particular, what it means to have entered teaching by way of TFA.