Teach For America (TFA) works toward the day when every child will receive an excellent and equitable education. TFA finds, develops & supports an exceptional, diverse network of equity-oriented leaders who commit to expanding opportunity for low-income children from classrooms, schools & every sector & field that shapes broader systems in which schools operate. We start by supporting and placing leaders in public schools who commit to teach for at least two years. The impact our teachers have in the classroom fuels a lifelong commitment to education and shapes the trajectory of their lives and careers.
TFA is one of the largest and most diverse K-12 STEM teacher providers in the country, building the capacity of more teachers and schools in low-income communities to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences, which are informed by culturally relevant pedagogy. TFA has been sourcing and recruiting the best, the brightest and most racially, ethnically diverse corps nationally to bring diverse, high-quality teacher prospects to serve in North Carolina’s highest need schools for more than 30 years.
For the 2022-2023 school year we are supporting 61 first- and second-year teachers, also known as corps members (CMs), who impact more than 5,500 students every day in classrooms across the Piedmont Triad (PT) and eastern North Carolina (ENC). We place CMs at 43 schools in 7 different school districts.
TFA’s approach is rooted in our student-centered 2030 goal that twice as many children in NC will reach key educational milestones indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility. We will achieve this ambitious goal by focusing on 3 areas:
1) Attracting equity-oriented leaders to the field of education.
2) Developing systems-change leadership in our teachers and their students.
3) Catalyzing alumni leadership, learning, and impact.
TFA has a 33-year record of advancing educational excellence in NC through our network of diverse leaders. Since our establishment in NC, we have placed more than 2,180 CMs in partner schools in PT and ENC. Today, more than 1,200 alumni currently live and work in PT and ENC, 600+ of whom are still serving in education. Our intention is to grow our impact and continue to serve communities and students until educational equity is a reality for all kids.