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February 13, 2013

Teach For America CEO Transitions Into Board Role

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk. This post originally appeared on EdWeek's Teacher Beat blog. The founder of the Teach For America program, Wendy Kopp, will step down as the organization's chief executive officer, but will remain active in the organization by assuming the role of chairwoman of i...

December 05, 2012

Teach for America Gets a J.Crew Tee

J. Crew, a most popular brand among young professionals, is now selling a t-shirt in support of the nonprofit--and controversial--teacher placement program, Teach for America.

July 17, 2012

The Onion Takes on TFA

The satirical newspaper The Onion went after Teach for America today, with predictably comic results.

June 19, 2012

TFA Grows to 10K

Teach for America announced today that, as of this fall, the group will have more than 10,000 first- and second-year corps members working in schools—the largest corps yet and a 10 percent increase over last year's total. The organization has also become the top employer for graduating seniors ...

May 15, 2012

TFA Critic Hints at Plans to 'Disrupt' Training

Gary Rubinstein, author of the blog post "Why I Did TFA, and Why You Shouldn't," which went viral after it was posted in October, buries an enticing tidbit in his recent blog post: Depending on how much free time I'll have this summer, I might be helping organize new TFA corps members to be 'disrup...

May 01, 2012

Identifying the Characteristics of Top Teachers

ASCD's EDge blog reports on the work of Teach For America's chief knowledge officer Steven Farr, who has spent a decade studying data and conducting observations in an effort to determine what distinguishes great teachers from their less effective peers. What he's found is that, in contrast to the H...

April 25, 2012

Teachers Shouldn't Be Pick-y

Could a teacher's bad habit compromise his classroom management? Emily Yoffe of Slate's Ask Prudence thinks so—and she has a nose for these sorts of things ...

March 09, 2012

TFA's Kopp Denounces the Teacher 'Blame Game'

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp caused some buzz (what else is new?) by writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal condemning the public release of teachers' value-added scores in New York City. She writes: So-called value-added rankings—which rank teachers according to the recorded grow...

December 01, 2011

Has TFA 'Lost Its Way'?

Former Teach for America corps member and recruiter Gary Rubenstein writes a damning critique of TFA on his blog, arguing that the organization has "lost its way" and is now contributing to the educational inequalities it seeks to eliminate. When he joined the organization 20 years ago, said Ruben...

September 30, 2011

Preparing Tech-Smart Teachers, TFA-style

In a recent policy brief, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic-aligned think tank based in Washington, proposed preparing a corps of tech-savvy teachers aimed at boosting 4th grade literacy rates in low-income communities, using Teach for America as a program model.

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