Teach For America – Baltimore announced today a shift in strategic direction that will maximize the impact of its network in Baltimore. The organization also announced a significant gift from Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. The multi-year grant supports accelerated change for Baltimore’s students and addresses inequities in the city’s public education.
TFA – Baltimore’s new direction expands on recruiting and developing first- and second-year teachers to include professional development and support for all 1,100 leaders in the TFA – Baltimore community. Founded in 1992, TFA – Baltimore has over 550 corps member and alumni teachers who work with 30,000 students every day. The network also includes principals and administrators, nonprofit founders and leaders, policymakers, and advocates. The leaders bring different perspectives and are unified by their experience of teaching in low-income communities, a first-hand understanding of the complexities of inequity, and their belief that we must reimagine public education so that every family can count on the promise of an excellent public education for their children.
“Our new focus will enable us to contribute to more schools where students are achieving at the highest levels, where their backgrounds and talents are affirmed, and where they can become advocates for a just future as leaders, thinkers, and change-makers,” said TFA – Baltimore Executive Director Courtney Cass.
Said Rheda Becker and Robert Meyerhoff, “We have always been impressed with the passion and commitment of Teach For America‘s leaders, working in and outside of classrooms to address the challenges that limit opportunity, so that every child has the kind of education that empowers them to build a life of their choosing.”
“For 25 years, TFA – Baltimore has had an incredible impact on students and our community,” said Paul Wolman, chairman of the TFA Baltimore Board of Directors. “That would not have been possible without Rheda and Bob’s continued vision and generosity. They clearly see the promise of our future. That promise will inspire our entire network, the students we reach, and our entire community for years to come.”
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 53 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.
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