A primarily White organization for decades, Teach For America has recently sought recruit people of color into their 2-year “leadership program.” Notice, I didn’t say new teacher program… see Teach For America: Now With Less Teaching. As a result, academics are starting to publish on TFA’s new recruiting approach. I am excited to announce that we have a new piece that uses CriticalRead more
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Check out our Truth For America podcast on your next drive to work on iTunes here or YouTube here. Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer. Episode 17 features aRead more
“How can you be mean to a nice Teach For America corps member?” This and more in episode 11 of the Truth For America. The podcast was recorded LIVE at the 2016 Save our Schools March and Conference held at the Lincoln Memorial and Howard University. Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voiceRead more
It’s National Charter School Week. Have you heard about the 2015-16 Teach For America first-year teacher who was asked by a charter school to literally construct the building too? I did ask her in a podcast if she had also been trained as a general construction contractor by TFA during her 5-weeks of training in the summer. When the new teacherRead more
Diane Ravitch, a parent, and Teach For Alums discuss LIVE on Truth For America whether a cyber war is being waged against TFA critiques, how communities can influence conversations about TFA, the role of TFA in the privatization of education movement, and the (in)adequacy of TFA’s summer training and pedagogical approaches. Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For AmericaRead more
Might you be interested in a few reading suggestions today? I have a couple that I’d like to get on your radar. The first is Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (Black Studies and Critical Thinking) authored by T. Jameson Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais. The second is Sarah Matsui’s Learning from Counternarratives in Teach For America (Counterpoints). I have felt a littleRead more
Did TFA teachers feel like teaching in the corps was their Civil Rights moment? When did they change their mind? Were Teach For America special education teachers ready to teach on the first day of school? What did they do when a mysterious $7,000 bill appeared in their mailbox from a TFA partner? This and more in Episode 4 ofRead more