Jaclyn Zubrzycki -- Some TFA alumni come out of the program feeling empowered, and the new governance structure has brought a wave of energy to the education
“For a young person, it provides an opportunity to have more influence than you’d have in a traditional setting,” said Andrew Cox, who joined TFA in 2007 and taught in New Orleans schools for three years. While he no longer teaches, he still works at a school as a data analyst.
Stephen Sawchuk -- Middle school Teach For America teachers in Texas seem to be holding their own in the classroom, outperforming other novice teachers in math, according to a recently released study from the San Antonio, Texas-based Edvance, an independent evaluation firm.
Here is a piece by a college professor who does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. It was written by Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program.
Anthony Cody -- Two weeks ago we learned about some questionable practices in the state of New Mexico. These things were revealed by investigator Michael Corwin, as part of the confirmation process for would-be Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera. One part of his testimony that was of special interest was his discussion of the role of Teach For America in his state.
Valerie Strauss -- Here’s an interesting look at the false metrics of success that characterized the Vietnam War, and now, school reform, by Steve Cohen, a senior lecturer in education at Tufts University.
The first Teach for America teachers in Oklahoma City are nearing the end of their tenure.
The national program has brought dozens of recent college graduates to teach in schools with some of the toughest academic challenges.
Valerie Strauss -- It was only a matter of time before the Republican governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, would welcome Teach For America program into his state — and now he has made it an education priority.
Valerie Strauss -- Should someone with five weeks of teacher training be considered a highly qualified teacher?
Today a U.S. House appropriations subcommittee will consider legislation that would allow students still learning to be teachers to be considered highly qualified teachers under federal law.
While budget pressures are forcing public school districts throughout the nation to reduce summer learning programs, many Tulsa-area districts are saving those programs by charging tuition or getting grants to fund them.