Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia

Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia

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Teach For America in Greater Philadelphia

Seven years ago Philly was a different place. Our city's 4-year graduation rate for high school students was less than 50%. There were no high performing charters. It was difficult to find any proof points that Philadelphia students could ever catch up to their suburban peers.


A lot has changed since 2003, and Teach For America is proud of the role it has played in this effort! By recruiting and training leaders who make at least a two year commitment to teach in low-income schools and then continue to work for educational equity as alumni, Teach For America has gradually changed the landscape.


Students are beginning to show 1 or more years of growth in a single academic year, despite the fact that achievement in low-income schools typically plateaus at .3 to .5 years. High-performing, high-poverty charter schools have such as Boys Latin, Mastery, Young Scholars, KIPP have been established, and are overwhelmingly staffed by TFA corps members and alumni. 340 TFA alumni continue to work in education and several are spearheading their own nonprofit organizations. 


We Need Your Help

The perfect storm for education reform is brewing in Philadelphia, and the time to act is NOW. Between the investment of more stakeholders, the potential of the education compact, and the restructuring of the Philly School District, it’s clear that reform is coming. But whatever investments we make in our education system, we know that teachers are the key ingredient that makes the difference in a child's life. That’s why we need your support to recruit and train more excellent TFA teachers! 


Our Goal - Double Our Impact

Our goal of $5,000 will sponsor one more excellent teacher in Philadelphia. But starting now, our National Team will match this amount if we reach our goal. That means we have the potential to double our impact by raising $5,000, recieving a match of $5,000, and sponsoring two teachers! 

Quotes from Our Corps Members

“What my kids must do as scholars to close the gap between their current academic levels and their potential, we as teachers must do tenfold.  It is difficult work, and it can be easy to let ourselves feel discouraged or lose motivation.  But we cannot afford to, because to give up or fall short is to let down not only ourselves, but our students as well.  When it comes to education reform – whether on a broad level, or in the life of just one student – the more boots and brains we have on the ground, the more effective we will be.”

"This role has been the greatest challenge of my life; without a doubt, it is the hardest thing I have ever done.  No other job or position held has ever highlighted my strengths and my weaknesses the way teaching has… More importantly, this job has been the most rewarding endeavor I have undertaken. “

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