Today, hundreds of schools in low-income communities are putting students on a path to graduate from college. To dramatically increase the pace of change, we are driven to make Teach For America much bigger and much better. Our 2015 growth plan focuses on four organizational priorities:
Growing in Scale and Diversity
Wherever we see change that has a meaningful impact on students’ academic and life trajectories, we see transformational leadership. We aim to aggressively grow the leadership force for transformational change by scaling our corps and, in turn, our alumni force. As we grow, we will continue to place a particular priority on recruiting and developing individuals who share the racial and economic backgrounds of our students.
Maximizing our Impact on Student Achievement
We will continue to support and develop our corps members so they become transformational teachers for their students. Recent studies in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee showed Teach For America at the top of the states’ new teacher providers in impact on student achievement. We nonetheless aspire to do much more to support our corps members’ work in their classrooms and communities.
Fostering Alumni Leadership
Teach For America alumni have played important roles in the progress of the last two decades. We aim to foster and accelerate alumni leadership that will drive lasting, systemic change. Our efforts focus on alumni leadership at the teacher, school principal and district levels, in policy, advocacy, and elected office, and in the development of scalable innovations.
Building an Enduring Institution
Finally, we focus on building a strong, sustainable, and fiscally responsible organization that operates in accordance with our core values—transformational change, leadership, diversity, team, and respect and humility.
As we grow, we will act on the lessons we’ve learned over the last two decades and help ensure that all of our nation’s children, regardless of where they are born, have the opportunity to fulfill their true potential.
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Since 1991, the Delta corps has grown from 9 initial members to 540 today. The region stretches along the Mississippi River in Arkansas and Mississippi for 300 miles, but placements are clustered so corps members have a concentrated impact.
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