• According to the 2010 census, after decades of economic and social upheaval, Detroit is losing its population faster than any other American city.

  • In addition to providing high-quality teachers to Detroit schools, Teach For America is bringing committed leaders who plan to stay in Detroit for the long haul.

About Detroit

With staggeringly low high school graduation rates and the nation's poorest NAEP performance, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has referred to Detroit as "ground zero for education in this country." In 2011, only 3% of third graders in the city tested on grade level in math—the lowest score in the U.S. But from the bottom, there is no where to go but up. Now more than ever, Detroit's students are ready to soar.

Outsiders often think of Detroit and imagine desolation. Here in Detroit, we see a humbling opportunity to make the city great again. Teach For America is committed to playing a critical role in the reinvention of Detroit's school system. Fueled by the recent reorganization of the state's lowest performing schools, new leadership in Detroit Public Schools, and a growing charter movement, the time for change is upon us.

Hand-in-hand with the community, we will work to make Detroit the home of schools that are national exemplars of educational excellence. Our city will be the place where bold leaders fight to put students and families first, and Detroit's motto—"We hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes"—will become reality.

Connect With Us

The Ford Building 615 Griswold St, 10th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
Tel 313-309-3000
Fax 313-965-3609

Executive Director

Tiffany Williams
A Detroit native and graduate of Detroit Public Schools, Tiffany Williams became the executive director of Teach For America-Detroit in 2014.

Tiffany joined Teach For America in 2004 as a corps member in Philadelphia, where she taught sixth grade special education. From 2006-2009, Tiffany worked in the affordable housing development and education consulting fields. She joined TFA’s staff in 2010 as the senior managing director of teacher leadership development in Detroit and most recently served as the vice president of regional management. Tiffany graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Afro-American Studies. She also earned a Master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University and a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland.

Regional Stats

2010
Year TFA Arrived
100
Corps Size The First Year
400
Corps Size This Year
405
Alumni in Region
25,000
Students Being Reached
10
Alumni School Leaders
Data valid as of: Aug 2013