Across the network, teachers and alumni of Teach For All partners are seeing improved outcomes inside and outside of their classrooms by focusing on and fostering student leadership. Among those at the forefront of this work is Teach For America alumnus Zeke Cohen, co-founder of The Intersection, an organization in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to helping low-income students recognize and realize their potential as leaders of social change in their communities, their country, and the world.
KIPP Co-founder and Teach For America alumnus Dave Levin joined Wendy Kopp and the Teach For All community on Tuesday, February 3 to discuss his work with KIPP, character, educaitonal technology, and more.
In its recent 30 Under 30 2015 issue, Forbes magazine named eight Teach For America alumni in the 30 Under 30 in Education category. Informed by their experience teaching in high-need classrooms and communities across the United States, these 2008, 2009, and 2010 alumni are becoming leaders in the fields of education technology, curriculum design, training and more:
In November, representatives of more than 20 network partners gathered in Mumbai, India to delve deeply into the question of how fostering leadership and empowerment among students can enhance learning and lead to improved outcomes and expanded opportunities. The event brought together CEOs, staff, alumni, participants, and students from across the Teach For All network, representing a wide range of experiences, both culturally and professionally.
“To understand somebody, understand what shaped them—understand their story.” −Clint Smith, Teach For America, 2011
We are all storytellers and we all play audience to the stories of others. We use stories to make sense of the world around us and our place within it—and so do our students.
“My teachers would say, ‘Elijah, why do you dress that way? You’re so bright. You’re not a thug…’ As if that’s all my culture represents…they made me feel like I wasn’t complete, like my culture was inferior.”
“Our intention with our work
is not for parents to change, what we want
is for them to realize their power.”
RISE Colorado co-founders and co-CEOs Veronica Palmer (Teach For America 2006) and Milagros Barsallo (Teach For America 2009) believe in the power of parents—not only as key influencers of their own child, but also as influencers of schools and influencers of systems.
This month saw the launch of the Teach For All-Oak Foundation Learning Differences Fellowship, an intitiative designed to ensure that all educators across the network have the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to hold all students to high expectations and support them in reaching their full potential.
In the long-term, the Teach For All network has the potential to shape approaches to increasing excellence and equity across international education systems. Through pioneering leadership, collective impact, and influencing system change, we can be a core part of the growing global movement for change. In the short-term, one of the fastest ways to catalyze that change is through engaging our network—and especially our alumni—with the most promising, exciting, and innovative ideas in expanding opportunity for children.