“When PEMs (Profesionales de Enseña por México) go to their communities, they need to understand the context—the strengths, and the areas of opportunity—and achieve an impact in the areas where it is most needed.”
Manoj, a tenth grade student, helps his mother transport a sack of cement to fill the road's potholes.
Shayla Cooke (New Mexico 2007) teaches 6 - 8 grade Special Education at Navajo Middle School
Teach For All has been accepted into UNESCO's International Task Force on Teachers, an initiative of Education For All (EFA), the movement to support the achievement of internationally set education goals as well as other efforts, such as the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The task force is the hub for teacher-focused initiatives and a global alliance of EFA partners working together to address the need for more qualified and motivated teachers worldwide.
Special Education teacher Michael Mahoney wants his students to have a sense of unlimited possibility for what they can be and what they can contribute to the world.
How do you inspire deep self belief in students who have spent years believing that they have limited potential? How do you build the courage to dream in students deprived of opportunity? How do you develop the independence and leadership in students that’s necessary for them to take ownership of their dreams and make them a reality?
I started Enseñá por Argentina with high expectations and dreams of delivering the best lessons in the world. But the reality facing my students was tougher than I had ever imagined, nothing seemed to be working and my confidence soon disappeared. The drive home alone after school was silent and tough - Instead of providing an opportunity for my students to transform, I felt like I was providing them with the worst teaching they could have.
“When we talk about giving kids a ‘sense of possibility,’ it used to be a vague and lofty term for our team. With events like FLIPPED, that bring our whole community together, we get to experience first-hand what it means to change perspectives, expose ourselves to different realities, and at the end of the day, strengthen relationships. This is applicable to both our students and our champions.”