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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.

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.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

20 Secret Tips From Young Movers and Shakers

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Marquis Cabrera

My friends and colleagues are extremely successful young movers and shakers who are engineers, CEOs, lawyers, consultants, founders, film makers, desi...

A Call to Teach

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

We don't just need more teachers. We need excellent teachers, and we need diverse teachers.

WATCH: Teacher Calls Teach For America 'Extremely Damaging'

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Some public school teachers are speaking out against Teach For America, alleging that the organization's training is insufficient and that it threaten...

How Long Can the Bubble-in Mania Last?

John Thompson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Why are our technological miracles being devoted to command and control, as opposed to liberating children's minds? As long as we are obsessed with primitive standardized test "outcomes," technology will primarily be used as a weapon.

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.07.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

TFA Launches Veterans Recruitment Initiative

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

After pledging to expand outreach efforts, Teach For America has announced its first veterans recruitment initiative. “You Served For America, N...

Will School Reform Degenerate Into Privatization?

John Thompson | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If true believers in pro-market solutions conclude that their theories failed because public schools are beyond reform, privatization could be the next big solution that exacerbates of educational problems.

Outside Cash Floods New Orleans School Board Race

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Lesli A. Maxwell | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

In New Orleans, where 80 percent of students attend charter schools that are not overseen by an elected board, the race for a local school board seat ...

What Goldman Sachs Tells Us About Teach for America

Rui Dai | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Rui Dai

The two-year noncommittal model of recruitment is amazing for attracting high-achieving students, but it is not sustainable for jobs that require a long-term commitment. Just like Goldman Sachs, Teach for America should scale down their two-year program.

Connections Between Teach for America and Parent Trigger

Shaun Johnson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

TFA is ubiquitous. Everyone and their brother falls over each other to hand them money. I'm sure at one point TFA filled an important role.

Has Teach For America Betrayed Its Mission?

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Aug 16 (Reuters) - When Wendy Kopp, just out of Princeton, founded Teach for America in 1989, she d...

Teach for America: What's the Purpose?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

It troubles me to think that the teaching profession, which has traditionally been a gateway to the middle class for poor and working class children, is being scrapped to give temporary jobs to college graduates from elite institutions.

House Panel To Consider Legislation That Would Revisit Definition Of 'Highly Qualified Teacher'

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

A U.S. House appropriations subcommittee is set to vote on legislation that would allow students still learning to be teachers to be considered “hig...

Swift to Hear; Slow to Speak: A Message to TFA Teachers, Critics, and Education Reformers

Camika Royal, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Camika Royal, Ph.D.

Philadelphians are strong. We endure. The school district of Philadelphia is the second oldest public school system in the United States of America. And throughout that almost 200-year history, our schools have faced some severe challenges.

Teach For America Alums Face Stark Union Opposition

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

The Secret Life of a Teach for America Alum

Megan Rosker | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Megan Rosker

Come closer and I'll tell you the secret I've been keeping, but please promise not to tell. Pinky swear? OK. I'm a Teach For America alum. Shhh, keep it down!

Star TFA Teacher Hits Stride, But May Leave Town

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A year and a half after students welcomed the Teach For America recruit with a flash floo...

Matt Damon And Mom Reject Award Nomination

Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

Matt Damon and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, have declined a nomination for the Friend of Education award from the National Education Association'...

Teach For America Faces Slew Of Questions, Criticism, Amid Big Expansion

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.27.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- In a distressed neighborhood north of Miami's gleaming downtown, a group of enthusiastic but inexperienced instructors from Teach for America...

TFA Selection Criteria Linked To Student Gains

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education

Certain aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains--a sign that it's possible to recruit candid...

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Walton Family Foundation Gifts Teach for America $49.5 Million

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a $49.5 million grant Wednesday to help double the size of Teach for America's national teaching co...