June 2013 Archives

In Teach For China, we falsely advertise ourselves as a two-year teaching program. Because, honestly, after you meet your amazing children and see what they're capable of with great teachers and advocates, this is a lifetime commitment where you do whatever you can from any direction to serve the students you love. As we close out the school year around the world, it's a time for looking back on how far we've come. Below is a speech that one of our senior program managers, Ralph Legg, shared with our second-year Teaching Fellows as they become alumni of our program and ...


I don't know if this is a call for more technology in schools, or proof that you can practice English skills in and out of the classroom, or just plain fun. I'm voting for Option C. This is me practicing oral English skills with a group of our Teach For China Fellow's students. I might be working in my office in Shantou, Guangdong Province, while they're at their school in the mountains of Shuangjiang, Yunnan Province thousands of miles away, but we're sending voice messages back and forth in English and talking about our favorite fruit, animals and future jobs ...


They say you never forget your first love and isn't that the truth. And so it feels a bit like I've cheated on my lover when I admit that we're not doing much in Teach For China to serve our children with different learning needs. But the reality is, students with special needs are the gap within the achievement gap anywhere in the world--whether it's in the United States States, China, Pakistan or Chile. What keeps me up at night is knowing that until something changes, it's these children who are most at-risk of staying illiterate and stigmatized, most likely ...


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