Teachers From San Antonio and Mexico Participate in Teach For All Exchange Program
San Antonio, April 9, 2015—Eighteen teachers from Mexico are living and working with their American counterparts in San Antonio public schools this week. The exchange is part of Classrooms Without Borders, an initiative of the U.S.–Mexico Foundation that pairs Teach For America teachers with educators from Enseña por México for a week of collaborative professional development that includes co-teaching, resource exchanges, and promoting educational equity for Latino students in both countries. Teach For America–San Antonio first participated in this exchange in 2013.
Like the United States, Mexico is grappling with a large gap in educational opportunities for its low-income children. In Mexico, where 47 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, just 13 percent of the children enrolled in elementary school nationwide will go to university. In San Antonio, one in four children grow up in poverty and nationally only 18% of children growing up in poverty will enter a four year college.
“We are so excited to have Enseña por México teachers back in San Antonio,” said Laura Saldivar Luna, executive director of Teach For America – San Antonio. “This exchange demonstrates the power of sharing solutions and best practices across borders. The collaboration going on this week brings new professional development opportunities for every teacher involved, as well as learning opportunities for San Antonio students who will interact with Enseña por México teachers this week.”
The two participating organizations are part of the international Teach For All network, a coalition of 36 partner organizations focused on expanding educational opportunities in their respective countries. Texas native Wendy Kopp founded Teach For America in 1990 and now leads Teach For All’s global work. Teach For America teachers have been serving San Antonio schools since 2010.
Visiting teachers from Enseña por México will observe classes taught by Teach For America corps members in SAISD, Edgewood, KIPP San Antonio and New Frontiers Charter Schools System from April 6th to the 10th. Some will give presentations to students about the educational status of their respective communities in Mexico and others will have the opportunity to observe and participate in campus activities. The teachers visited the University of Texas at San Antonio on Tuesday for a presentation by the Office of International Programs. On Friday, the Enseña por México teachers, Teach For America teachers, principals and community members will be hosted by the Mexican Consulate at the Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio.
“Our teachers are excited to have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and skills through this partnership,” said Enseña por México CEO Erik Ramirez-Ruiz. “This is a chance for teachers from both Enseña por México and Teach For America to foster new ideas that will help them become stronger leaders in their own classrooms.”
Similar exchanges will also occur this spring with Teach For America teachers in Dallas and Houston as well as California, Nevada, and North Carolina. Teachers from three different Mexican states will visit those U.S. regions to share proven pedagogical practices while fostering a greater understanding of the educational realities of both countries.
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Enseña por México (Teach For Mexico)
Enseña por México is a nonprofit organization and has been a member of the Teach For All global network since 2011. Through a private-public partnership model Enseña por México expands the opportunities of Mexican children and teenagers by recruiting, training and encouraging as socially engaged young leaders teach for two years in low-income communities. For more information, visit www.ensenapormexico.org.
About Teach For All
Teach For All is a growing network of more than 35 independent partner organizations with a shared vision of expanded educational opportunity in their countries. Each partner recruits and develops diverse leaders to commit two years to teach in their nations’ high-need classrooms and to work throughout their lives to increase opportunity for children. Teach For All works to accelerate partners’ progress and increase their impact through direct support, facilitating connections, accessing global resources, and leadership development. For more information, visit www.teachforall.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.