In the fight to end educational inequity, everyone is needed. Learn about the partnerships that are helping us connect across communities and bringing diverse perspectives to the table.
African American Community Initiative
Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities; they show them. The African American Community Initiative works in solidarity with the African American community to dramatically increase the number of black men and women who choose teaching as a career.
Today, Teach For America places more African American teachers in classrooms than does any other single entity.
Yet teachers alone can’t solve the challenges black children face. It will take a village of individuals, organizations, schools, and families working together to expand opportunity. The African American Community Initiative is taking action—in the community, in the classroom, and on staff—to build that village.
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TFA Celebrates Black History Month
Join Us and Take Action
- In the Classroom
- In the Community
- On TFA Staff
In the Classroom
One in four black students attends a high school where graduating isn’t the norm. In classrooms across the country, TFA corps members are working with passion and commitment to give their students an education that will expand their opportunities in life. You can join them—apply to our corps.
Listen to what TFA alum Dymir Arthur has to say about his experience.
In the Community
Just 2% of our nation’s teachers are black men. Students, schools, and the entire system are missing out on more than just educators, since “teacher” doesn’t begin to define the roles black men can play in the classroom.
In 2015, more than 21,000 people signed our pledge to say 2 percent is not enough. Now, we need to mobilize. Recommend a leader for a classroom today.
On TFA Staff
Each year, TFA provides identity-based professional development summits for staff. Our African American staff convenes annually for The Gathering. The Gathering 2015: Building Leadership, Advocacy, Community, and Partnership was held in St. Louis with more than 400 staff engaged in advocacy, leadership development, and community support experiences.
In The News
A Real Black Teacher
We are an asset because we are affirming, because we are role models, and because we challenge them to imagine new possibilities of what it means to be black and low-income.
The Teacher’s Work
In the face of these realities, we have no time to waste. This school year marked the first in which the majority of public school students are minorities.
Black Principals: How To Strengthen The Pipeline
A TFA alum and principal sheds light on the importance of having black school leaders and how we can bring more into the fold.
Preparing for the College Shock
Young black men and their educators are asked five questions and discuss what it takes to survive and thrive in higher education.