In March 2016, Teach For All launched the Communities of Practice, providing a platform for alumni from across the global network with similar career pathways to build relationships and further their work by sharing and discussing each other’s successes and challenges. While individuals’ local contexts are unique, the nature of the challenges the alumni are addressing in their countries is often similar.
When Teach For America alumnus Joe Manko became the principal of Liberty Elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland, he envisioned a school that worked “hand in hand with the community.” Rather than operating as an autonomous institution, Manko felt Liberty should be a place that was integral to the neighborhood and welcoming to its residents of all generations.
During his Teach For India fellowship, Rahul Gupta came to believe that providing an excellent education for every student is possible, even in the most economically challenged schools and communities. Today, as the principal of the Savitri Bai Phule English Medium School in Pune, India, Rahul is working with his teachers, students, and community in a collective effort to ensure all of his students are able to fulfill their potential.
Teach First Ambassador (alumna) Ndidi Okezie’s leadership trajectory took her from a trainee English teacher to assistant principal over the course of ten years at two London schools. As a teacher, Ndidi witnessed firsthand the power of transformational school leadership and was compelled to find a path to ensuring as many students as possible were receiving a truly excellent education.
As a participant with Enseña Chile, Juan Paulo Sánchez understood for the first time the depths of educational inequity in Chile. The small town where he taught was among the country’s lowest income communities, where just one in five of his students was likely to attend university.
We’re excited to announce the launch of 1000 Student Leaders, our new initiative to celebrate and explore the power and potential of student leadership.
Teach For All network partners on two continents celebrated their five-year anniversaries in recent months, Enseñá por Argentina in May and Teach First Israel in March. Both organizations took the opportunity to recognize this significant milestone in their journeys by reflecting on the progress they’ve made over the last five years and setting goals to accomplish in the next five.
Anurag Kundu is a 2013 Teach For India Fellow teaching fifth grade in public school in one of Delhi's lowest-income communities. Despite their circumstances, his students see beyond their surroundings and believe they can change the world. The following are his words: