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December 6, 2017
A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
From Atlanta to Cincinnati to Oakland, a loosely connected network of nonprofit groups is working to reshape the way their school districts function.
August 28, 2017
I went viral for walking my students home from school in Memphis. Here’s what got lost in the shuffle.
I was photographed walking students home in 2015, and the picture went viral. Two years later, I've changed tactics for trying to help young people.
August 18, 2017
Meet the Memphis educator leading the charge to take down her city’s Confederate monuments
Tami Sawyer sees helping teachers understand students’ culture and the broader fight for equity in Memphis as deeply connected.
August 4, 2017
Teach for America is sending more teachers into NYC this year — and it might have Donald Trump to thank
“People are realizing it matters to get involved, that we all have a responsibility.”
August 1, 2017
Teach for America’s Tameka Brigham joins Denver Public Schools as chief of staff
Most recently, Tameka Brigham was managing director of research for Teach For America,
By the numbers
May 4, 2017
After reshaping itself to combat declining interest, Teach For America reports a rise in applications
The organization’s CEO said in a blog post this week that nearly 49,000 people applied for the 2017 program.
March 1, 2017
Haslam’s appointments move toward confirmation to State Board of Education
The Senate Education Committee confirms two appointees from Middle Tennessee and one from Knoxville to Tennessee's top education board.
cause and effect
February 23, 2017
Trump’s proposed AmeriCorps cuts would trim .03 percent of the federal budget — but slash support at 11,000 schools
The program has been threatened before, but AmeriCorps members and supporters have good reason to fear this time could be different.
school for love
February 14, 2017
Long hours, shared goals, and unbelievable stories: Why so many teachers fall in love with each other
According to recent U.S. Census data, the most common marriages in America are between two grade-school teachers.
school for love
February 13, 2017
A three-year secret relationship, three TFA marriages, and other love stories from school
This Valentine’s Day, Chalkbeat is looking at the love stories that launch in teachers’ lounges, training sessions, and after-school happy hours every year.
A welcomed reprieve?
January 23, 2017
President Trump appears to be backing off repealing protections for undocumented youth. But anxiety is still running high.
Trump aides have walked back from the his pledge to overturn Obama's executive order that provided temporary protections for undocumented immigrants.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
the next four years
December 8, 2016
Trump says he’ll ‘work something out’ for Dreamers, adding to uncertainty for undocumented teachers
"To me that's someone gambling with my life and my future, and emotionally it is so difficult."
Facing the Unknown
November 28, 2016
What Trump’s election means for undocumented educators
“Teachers have such a huge potential for change and being positive … influences on students. The fact that would not be something I could do deeply saddens me.”
November 23, 2016
From ‘passionate’ hands-on advocate’ to ‘everything Donald Trump said is wrong in America’: The education world reacts to Betsy DeVos
What does the education world think about Betsy DeVos, the Michigan philanthropist and voucher advocate whom Donald Trump picked as his education secretary nominee?
Movers and shakers
November 10, 2016
Former Teach For America leader appointed to State Board of Education
Elissa Kim will replace vice-chairwoman Carolyn Pearre, who represents Tennessee’s 5th congressional district in Middle Tennessee.
November 10, 2016
In local school board races, Washington Township parent survives race against well-funded opponent and more
See the winners from school board races across Marion County.
November 9, 2016
After welcoming almost 150 undocumented teachers, Teach for America starts planning for a Trump reality
Among the many people in America reeling right now: The 146 Teach For America teachers who work in classrooms across the country but are not documented citizens.
November 1, 2016
PAC tied to Teach For America spends big on a local Indiana election, but no one quite knows why
A local teacher has raised more than $32,000 and nearly all that money is from a single political action committee.
October 6, 2016
Alternatively trained teachers quit more quickly — but not in Tennessee
Tennessee teachers that come to the classroom through alternative preparation programs are bucking a nationwide trend by sticking around.
September 13, 2016
Teach for America’s presence in New York City hits 11-year low
Just 200 TFA recruits will enter New York City classrooms this fall.
New in town
September 7, 2016
Indianapolis Teach for America attracts fewer teachers but they are more diverse
32 percent of incoming Teach For America corp members are people of color.
August 4, 2016
How to prepare teachers for struggling schools? Harvard thinks it has a new answer
“Nationwide, we’re in a teacher shortage, especially quality teachers,” said program director Eric Shed. “We really want to impact the field of teacher preparation.”
July 18, 2016
Teacher prep needs to change. Here are some starters, say Tennessee leaders
After years of focusing on academic standards, testing and evaluations, education leaders are giving teacher preparation a fresh look in Tennessee.
July 7, 2016
As Teach for America prepares its Nashville recruits, conversations turn to police shootings
The new head of TFA Greater Nashville is trying to create more teachers who understand the area — and want to stay in the classroom.
June 29, 2016
Indiana native to ‘come home’ and lead Teach for America
The Indianapolis office of Teach for America named a former Chicago corps member and native Hoosier as its new executive director.
new york state of mind
April 11, 2016
As Teach for America shifts, training for New York recruits is headed back to the city
The new training will focus on making sure recruits understand the communities in which they will work, according to TFA New York's director.
April 7, 2016
At Denver after-school program, students make gadgets that make a difference
A Denver-born idea for a new way of doing school imagines students setting their schedules and "socially conscious maker space."
February 22, 2016
As Teach For America marks 10 years in Memphis, contract with Shelby County Schools faces scrutiny under tight budget
The recruiting organization expects to feed about 130 new teachers to Shelby County Schools next year if the school board votes to approve the contract.
On the road
February 18, 2016
Memphis Lift expands presence in Nashville, Washington, D.C.
In less than a year, the parent advocacy group has increased its size and scope, meeting with lawmakers and rallying against the state of Memphis schools.
What's your education story?
December 23, 2015
One small but diverse school prepared him well for all that came after
Andrew Pillow is a fifth grade social studies teacher at KIPP Indianapolis, a charter school where he has taught since 2011.
December 10, 2015
Report card time: How do Tennessee’s teacher preparation programs stack up?
The 2015 state report card on teacher preparation programs details how graduates of Tennessee's different education programs perform in the classroom upon graduation.
November 6, 2015
Teach For America in Memphis will receive $4.5 million of national Walton foundation gift
More than $4.5 million of a $50 million grant announced this week for Teach For America will go to support and recruit corps members in Memphis .
September 1, 2015
Nashville mayoral hopefuls offer their visions for the city’s schools
Facing a runoff election on Sept. 10, candidates Megan Barry and David Fox Runoff sound off on charters, school desegregation, state funding and more.
August 25, 2015
Teach For America newcomers try to forge bonds, fill gaps
Like many who are placed in classrooms across the country by Teach For America, Morgan Cooksey was a standout college student, but her only teacher training was during a five-week institute.
August 11, 2015
City’s incoming Teach for America class hits five-year low
Teach for America, which places new teachers in hard-to-staff public schools, will send 230 teachers into city schools this fall, down from 400 teachers last year.
August 10, 2015
Hannon resigns IPS board to take a Mind Trust fellowship
Caitlin Hannon, a former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher who joined the school board in an effort to push for change in the district, has stepped down, but she hopes to return to a key role in education in the city soon.
Bridging the Culture Gap
July 22, 2015
Teacher training programs strive to bridge culture, racial gaps in the classroom
Teacher prep programs are increasingly focusing on cultural competency, especially race relations in the wake of nine black people killed in a church in Charleston, S.C.
July 8, 2015
Memphis’ newest teacher training school launches next week
After its failed partnership with the University of Memphis, Relay Graduate School of Education opens on its own and introduces a new style of teacher preparation.
May 8, 2015
Weekend Reads: How Teach For America is switching up its recruiting process
Plus, what opt-outers reveal about school improvement, an odd amount news about comedians, and more in our round-up of education must-reads.
April 22, 2015
IPS struggles to bridge the gap with language learners and their families
Indianapolis Public Schools is soon to undertake a similar reconsideration: system-wide rethinking of the way it assists English language learners.
February 10, 2015
Teach for America to reduce its classroom placements in Memphis
Teach for America is expected to reduce its incoming teaching force in Memphis by about 40 percent this fall.
Open for questions
February 4, 2015
Teach For America, Boulder researchers trade volleys over program’s approach
At the University of Colorado Boulder, TFA's research director told researchers the organization is looking to dig into bigger questions.
January 26, 2015
Lilly Endowment gives The Mind Trust $3.4 million to expand Teach for America, The New Teacher Project
Teacher training programs Teach for America and The New Teacher Project could grow their ranks in Indianapolis by more than 300 educators thanks to a $3.4…
December 12, 2014
As recruitment dips, TFA leader says New York training site to close
Teach for America is having trouble recruiting candidates to teach in New York City schools and will close its New York training site in anticipation…
November 24, 2014
Q&A: Teach for America’s New York City leader, who says her corps may stay small
In an interview last month from Teach for America’s offices in midtown Manhattan, the organization's New York City leader Charissa Fernandez discussed her vision, which includes a move away from charter schools and a bet on retaining teachers.
November 3, 2014
Teach for America vs. traditional training programs: This year’s state report card
Both alternative certification teacher programs like Teach for America and traditional programs are producing high-quality teachers, according to an annual evaluation of Tennessee teacher training programs.
August 14, 2014
Memphis Teacher Residency program expands, gets statewide recognition
It’s just past 8 a.m. in the basement of Union Avenue Baptist Church in the middle of the summer. A room full of 67 young…
August 1, 2014
Be warm, firm and clear: Teachers get 101 on classroom discipline
As a classroom teacher for 15 years, Michael Loden has asked his students to live by one simple rule – “don’t be an idiot.” “It’s…
June 16, 2014
School’s Out but Learning is Still In: Summer Resources for Families of Students with Learning Differences
As the final dismissal bells tolled to mark the official start of summer, thousands of students across the state headed home and won’t spend a moment more…
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