Frequently Asked Questions

Our History and Structure
 

How did Teach For All get started?

How did Teach For All get started?

Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp and Teach First founder Brett Wigdortz co-founded Teach For All after fielding numerous requests from social entrepreneurs around the world who wanted to create similar organizations that would expand educational opportunity in their own countries. Since its launch at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2007, Teach For All has grown to include more than 35 partners on five continents that are pursuing a similar approach to working towards educational equity and excellence for all of their nations’ children. 

Is Teach For All a network or an organization?

Is Teach For All a network or an organization?

We’re both: A network of independent organizations with a unifying mission to expand educational opportunity around the world, and a global organization working to increase and accelerate the individual and collective impact of those organizations.

What is the relationship between the network and the organization?

What is the relationship between the network and the organization?

Teach For All network partners are independent, locally led and funded organizations with a shared vision for expanded educational opportunity in their countries. Our partner organizations abide by a set of Unifying Principles, however, each develops its own operations and programming. The organization Teach For All works to accelerate the impact of our network partners by providing direct support, facilitating connections, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of staff, participants, and alumni. Teach For All partners also contribute to the network by sharing knowledge, resources, and effective solutions; increasing financial support for Teach For All and its partners in their regions; and shaping Teach For All’s approach to accelerating global impact.

Is the Teach For All network a franchise?

Is the Teach For All network a franchise?

 
No. Our network doesn’t operate on the franchise model. While Teach For All organizations share Unifying Principles, they each develop their own operations and programming and are locally led and funded. There is no fee for organizations to join the network, receive network support, or participate in network events. Instead, Teach For All partners contribute to the network by sharing knowledge, resources, and effective solutions to universal problems; increasing support for Teach For All and its partners in their regions; and shaping Teach For All’s approach to accelerating global impact.
 

What types of support does Teach For All offer its partners?

What types of support does Teach For All offer its partners?

To accelerate our partners’ progress and increase their impact, we:
 
Provide direct support: Teach For All identifies effective practices across the network, creates tools and resources, and advises partners in adapting these approaches to their individual contexts. 
Facilitate connections: Through global and regional conferences and peer-to-peer visits, Teach For All enables teachers, alumni, and staff of network partner organizations to connect with and learn from one another
Access global resources: Teach For All uses its global reach to access external knowledge and resources for the network in areas such as teacher and leadership development, technology, fundraising, and public relations.
Foster leadership development: Through professional development and experiential learning opportunities, Teach For All contributes to the leadership development of partner staff, participants, and alumni. 
 
Learn more about how Teach For All provides support for partners.
 
Our Approach
 

What’s the value of a global focus on education? (Isn’t education a local issue?)

What’s the value of a global focus on education? (Isn’t education a local issue?)

We believe that educational inequity is a global issue that not only affects local communities, but also impacts our collective welfare by dividing societies and weakening economies. 
 
There are similarities in the root causes of educational inequity around the world, and we’ve found that solutions are shareable across borders. Partners in the Teach For All network share best practices and innovative solutions with each other, and benefit from each other’s experiences addressing similar challenges in unique contexts. 
 
Learn more about why we believe educational inequity is a global problem and our approach to addressing it.

There are so many education initiatives around the world—how does Teach For All contribute to this effort?

There are so many education initiatives around the world—how does Teach For All contribute to this effort?

We believe our approach to leadership development is integral to addressing both educational inequity and its root causes.  We know that in order to make fundamental change in education around the world, we need more exceptional, highly motivated people pioneering new ideas in classrooms and schools, developing  effective policies, and launching their own initiatives to tackle the problem of educational inequity and its causes from all angles. 
 
Teach For All is just one part of a solution that requires the long-term commitment and hard work of as many advocates as possible across all sectors of society. Around the world our network partners, participants, and alumni are collaborating with communities, policy leaders, and other education and development initiatives. We view these collaborations as fundamental to pursuing our mission and positively impacting the students and communities with which we work. 

Does Teach For All believe its approach can be successful in every country?

Does Teach For All believe its approach can be successful in every country?

There may be contexts in which our particular approach might not make the most sense—we rely on local leaders to make that determination. This said, we’ve seen our approach work in very diverse contexts. Indeed, as education is the building block for societies around the world, it’s a universal idea that we should channel our most promising future leaders towards improving it.  
 
Our Growth and Impact
 

What is Teach For All’s growth strategy?

What is Teach For All’s growth strategy?

Teach For All responds to the interest of social entrepreneurs and education advocates around the world who want to adapt Teach For All’s approach in their own countries. We support these groups to develop the plans necessary to successfully launch and scale programs within their contexts. We are particularly focused on supporting the development of the approach the Middle East and Africa, where we seek to address the profound educational opportunity gaps in these regions, while also gaining exposure to the perspectives and innovations that partners in those regions will surely contribute.  
 
At the same time we’re working to create the environment necessary for growth through building awareness and through partnerships with international organizations. We anticipate growing to approximately 40 network partners by the end of 2015.

How do partner organizations join the network?

How do partner organizations join the network?

Social entrepreneurs from around the world interested in pursuing Teach For All’s unifying mission in their countries express their interest to Teach For All specialists based in their regions. Our staff provides extensive support to immerse them in understanding the Teach For All mission and our unifying programmatic and organizational principles, and to help these entrepreneurs as they develop their business plans and build the local support and capacity necessary to launch their programs. Once organizations meet the partnership criteria, Teach For All welcomes them into the network.
 
Learn more about our Early Stage process

How does Teach For All measure its impact?

How does Teach For All measure its impact?

In addition to tracking rigorous third-party research on our partner organizations, Teach For All regularly assesses our impact as a network and an organization. We know that measuring our effectiveness is essential to ensuring that we are driving towards the change we hope to see—and adjusting course when we are not. 
 
We consider our progress in two ways:    
 
  • We collect and analyze data from our partners in four areas in which Teach For All seeks to accelerate their progress: Scale, Participant Impact and Learning, Alumni Leadership, and Organizational Strength. Used alongside qualitative measures, these indicators help us to identify our partners’ strengths and opportunities for growth, and enable us to foster continuous improvement across the network.   
     
  • We assess the extent to which our partners tell us that Teach For All’s support contributes to their impact. 
     
By looking at both our aggregate progress across the network and our partners’ assessment of Teach For All’s contributions to this progress, we are able to measure our impact. 
OUR FUNDING
 

Where does Teach For All’s funding come from?

Where does Teach For All’s funding come from?

We’re working to grow and diversify our funding in five streams, including funding from the countries in which we operate: 
 
  • Major Gifts, Individuals & Foundations: Contributions from individuals and foundations at the level of $250,000 and above
     
  • Regional Support: Donations that fund Teach For All’s support of individual partner organizations or organizations in a specified region
     
  • Corporate Partnerships: Contributions from forward-thinking companies and partnerships that include robust engagement across both organizations 
     
  • Government & Multilateral Partnerships: Funding from governments and global multilateral organizations 
     
  • Friends of Teach For All: Individual supporters who donate up to $250,000 annually
     
Learn more about supporting Teach For All.

View a list of our current supporters.

How does Teach For All spend the money it raises?

How does Teach For All spend the money it raises?

 
Teach For All’s funding goes toward our support activities for current partners and emerging entrepreneurs. These activities include identifying, collecting, and sharing knowledge and best practices from within and beyond the network; providing on-the-ground direct support and guidance; facilitating the exchange of ideas among partner staff through in-person events and conferences and through our robust online Partner Learning Portal; and building public support for our approach. As with many non-profit organizations, these expenses translate into staff and specialist costs, technology, travel, and conference-related costs. The funding Teach For All receives also ensures that we are able to develop the necessary information technology, administrative systems, and global and regional fundraising infrastructure to fulfill our mission.
 
 
Our Partners
 

What do Teach For All partners do?

What do Teach For All partners do?

Teach For All partner organizations recruit and develop diverse individuals from a range of academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high need classrooms and to work throughout their lives, both within and outside of education, in pursuit of expanded opportunity for children. 
 
Leadership development is at the core of this approach. We are developing leaders committed to educational and social equity. Grounded in their experience successfully supporting disadvantaged children to reach their potential, teachers of network partner organizations go on to become leaders for change who are taking on the symptoms and causes of inequity from every direction. 
 
Learn more about our approach to leadership development. 

Who do Teach For All partners recruit?

Who do Teach For All partners recruit?

Our partners recruit outstanding graduates and professionals from diverse backgrounds and a range of academic disciplines to teach in their own nations’ classrooms. The vast majority of teachers participating in Teach For All partner programs are citizens of the country in which their program operates. Some network partners also recruit citizens studying in other countries and some accept candidates who live abroad but whose parents or grandparents are citizens of the country the organization serves. Teach For China is the only significant exception, as the program recruits both Chinese and a small segment of US teachers.

What do the organizations in the network have in common?

What do the organizations in the network have in common?

Teach For All partners are united by eight Unifying Principles and share a common mission and a commitment to operating in alignment with our core values when engaging across the network. The organizations in the Teach For All network believe that sharing knowledge, best practices, and innovations with each other will both accelerate individual partners’ progress and increase the network’s collective impact. By learning from each other and accessing support and resources from the global organization, our partners are moving further, faster towards the day when all children, everywhere, receive an excellent education.

What kind of training do Teach For All partners offer their teachers?

What kind of training do Teach For All partners offer their teachers?

Each partner organization provides its teachers with intensive pre-service training (typically five to eight weeks long) as well as two full years of ongoing professional development. This training includes individual coaching and mentoring from veteran teachers and professional development opportunities provided by their organization and/or a partnering school of education.

Is this training and support for the teachers effective?

Is this training and support for the teachers effective?

Yes. While there is always room to improve and we continue to learn from new ideas and innovations, a growing body of rigorous research shows that Teach For All partners are headed in the right direction. Reports on some of our more mature partners, including Teach For America, Teach First (UK), and Enseña Chile, demonstrate that network teachers are having a positive impact on student achievement and development. 
 
See the research for more information about these third party studies.

When the two-year teaching commitment ends, what’s next?

When the two-year teaching commitment ends, what’s next?

Two years is just the beginning. Teach For All network partners are developing cohorts of young leaders committed to working towards a world in which all children have the chance to realize their true potential, in school and beyond. This commitment begins with teaching for at least two years in their nations’ high-need classrooms—but this is just the first chapter in a lifetime commitment to challenging educational inequity and the systemic causes behind it. 
 
At the end of their first two years in the classroom, the majority of alumni of Teach For All participants (50-80% depending on the program) continue to work in education—as teachers, school leaders, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and ed tech innovators, among many other roles. Of those who don’t stay in education, many go on to address issues they encountered in the communities in which they taught, such as unemployment, discrimination, and the need for better healthcare and nutrition. 

Do some alumni leave the classroom to work in the private sector?

Do some alumni leave the classroom to work in the private sector?

Most don’t, but some do.  We believe business leaders who are committed to improving education and decreasing societal disparities are also needed.  We’ve seen that many alumni who move into the private sector stay engaged, dedicating their time to serving on the boards of schools and organizations, tutoring and mentoring students, and continuing to advocate for educational equity and excellence in their communities and countries.