Teach For America - DC

Teach For America
Washington, DC, United States

Over the course of a decade, D.C. Public Schools transitioned from one of the lowest performing school districts in the US into the country’s fastest improving urban district, thanks in part to leadership by Teach For America alumni, over 80% of whom continue to work in education or in roles that impact children from low-income communities. 

Alumni have led the school system as chancellors, deputy mayors of education, and superintendents of education, and have made up 15-20% of D.C.’s principals over the past ten years.  More than 500 of the region's alumni are teachers, including six of the past seven Teachers of the Year, and alumni have founded several influential NGOs—focusing on developing student literacy, training teachers, improving teacher-parent relationships, and more—that have contributed significantly to the district’s progress.