Tell Teach For America To Give Low-Income Children Of Color Well-Prepared Teachers
  • Petitioned Wendy Kopp

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Founder and Chair of the Board, Teach for America
Wendy Kopp
Co-CEO, Teach for America
Matthew Kramer
Co-CEO, Teach for America
Elisa Villanueva Beard
Executive Vice President, Teacher Preparation, Support and Development, Teach for America
Susan Asiyanbi
Executive Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Organizational Development, Teach for America
Jeff Wetzler
Executive Vice President, Regional Operations, Teach for America
Kwame Griffith
Executive Vice President for Recruitment & Admissions, Teach for America
Elissa Kim
Executive Vice President of Growth, Development, and Partnerships, Teach for America
Eric Scroggins
Executive Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Teach for America
Andrea Stouder Pursley

Tell Teach For America To Give Low-Income Children Of Color Well-Prepared Teachers

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      Communities for Well-Prepared Teachers

In February 2011, Teach For America (TFA) wrapped up its 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C. Thousands of TFA teachers, alumni and supporters converged on our nation's capitol to celebrate, reconnect and hear then-CEO and Founder Wendy Kopp's vision for TFA's future. Unfortunately, instead of using that momentous occasion to announce the long overdue evolution of TFA's teacher preparation model, Ms. Kopp and her organization chose to double down. Gambling with and skimping on the educational opportunities of mostly Black and Latino children living in poverty, instead of providing the excellent learning resources our children need and deserve, including well-prepared teachers, is an insult and an injustice. 

Currently, TFA systematically assigns brand-new teachers with only five weeks of summer school training to Black and Latino children in low-income communities. In addition, few TFA teachers remain in the classroom beyond TFA’s two-year requirement, depriving our children of experienced educators. These are bold injustices in a perpetually unfair education system that denies our children the critical resources they deserve and need to reach their full potential. The status quo educational inequity that assigns well-prepared teachers to middle class and wealthy White children and inadequately prepared teachers to our children must end.  

Thousands of parents, students, TFA alumni, and members and allies of low-income communities of color are starting to demand better preparation for TFA corps members. Please join us in telling Wendy Kopp to reform Teach for America's model so teachers assigned to our communities receive at least a full year of high quality, school-based preparation before they assume responsibility for their own classroom and our children's education!

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    • humper dumper HUMPVILLE, KY
      • 6 months ago


    • Shelley Weston LONG BEACH, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I've worked with inner city kids and teachers for years. I've also seen many TFA teachers. I've NEVER seen ONE that could meet the needs of these kids.

    • Crystal Swepsom PROVIDENCE, RI
      • 8 months ago

      If they deprofessionalize teaching what's next Doctors for America. Lawyers for America. My youngest was treated once by a young intern. My son had a cut inside his mouth. He wrapped my son in a sheet gave him a shot of novacaine and stitiched up his mouth. When I brought my son to the experienced doctor to take the stitches out. He was beside himself with anger of the intern giving my son stitches in the area of his mouth that he had done them. Age often wins of inexperienced youth.

    • Michael Ritzius PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 8 months ago

      Because the kids served by TFA are the ones most in need of qualified and stable teachers. Community matters. TFA undermines it.

    • Judy Bjorke MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      TFA fosters racial inequities. Ill prepared teachers are not sent to middle class neighborhoods and private schools.


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