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A Few Words From Our District Partners

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015

Our district and school partners share Teach For America's belief in the importance of a teaching force that includes committed and effective educators from all backgrounds who can bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Some readers may be interested in hearing directly from the district and school leaders who work with us about their experience with TFA corps members and alumni. Here are a few of their recent reflections:

“At CCSD, we're committed to drawing high-quality teachers to our schools with the highest need. That is why I value the partnership of organizations like Teach For America who help us meet those goals. We know teachers with diverse experiences and perspectives enrich our students' learning and can connect with our families and communities in critical and unique ways.”—Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky (Nevada)

“People always ask me...what is the greatest challenge that we have in public education? The answer to that question is human capital—human capital defined as leaders and teachers. Without any question, TFA is part of that human capital solution.... TFA is an integral part of our transformation.."—Duval County School District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti (Florida) full comments begin at 3:25

“TFA helps bring more diverse and effective talent to Tulsa and to nurture the collaboration between veteran educators and new teachers from various pathways to expand educational opportunities for students. In partnership with TFA, TPS delivers collaborative professional and student development that helps teachers and leaders deepen their impact in the classroom.... The district's partnership with TFA also is impacting student achievement, particularly among the district's youngest learners. In a Mathematica study released in March, researchers found that corps members teaching in elementary grades, with an average of 1.7 years of experience, were as effective as their colleagues in the same schools. Mathematica researchers also found that students of corps members in pre-K through second grade have measurable success in reading, gaining an equivalent of 1.3 months of additional learning over the course of the school year.”—Keith Ballard, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at Oklahoma University and Former Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent                 

“Teach For America–Los Angeles has been a terrific partner for Alliance, helping us attract great talent for Alliance schools. We continue to look to Teach For America and its alumni network for quality teachers and principals who can deliver the best education for their students.”—Dan Katzir, CEO and president of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

“I'm excited to work with Teach For America–Indianapolis to provide our students with talented and motivated teachers year after year. In the past four years, I have worked with a number of corps members and alumni teachers. Each of them brings their own experiences into our building, and they all share a deep-rooted passion for our kids. It seems that there is no challenge too great for their determination. As a school leader, I am continually humbled by their work in our building and by Teach For America's work in the Indianapolis community.”—Carole Wilson Frye, Principal of Clarence Farrington I.P.S. 61

“Working with Teach For America strengthens our district's talent pool, giving us an additional source of promising teachers from diverse backgrounds. In Tulsa, we have highly experienced long-time teachers, we have educators who are career-changers, and we have teachers who join the profession from a variety of educator-preparation programs, all working to give our students a phenomenal education. Teach For America corps members and alumni are important partners in this work."—Deborah A. Gist, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, who has also worked with Teach For America as a school-system leader in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia

“Teach For America is a valuable partner for our schools. Hawai‰Û÷i students have made significant progress and we're grateful for the work of our outstanding teachers. This partnership helps to develop teaching professionals who bring a high level of energy and dedication to their classrooms.”—Hawai'i State Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz

“Teach For America is an important partner in making sure that all children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex have great teachers. Teach For America provides excellent talent to classrooms across Dallas ISD and significantly contributes to the work we are doing to ensure all students receive a high quality education.”—Dallas Independent School District Interim Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

“We are excited to begin our partnership with Teach For America–St. Louis. The talent and commitment of the corps aligns with the needs of our school district as our teachers and administration continue to transform our communities and schools with a community of learners.”—Jennings School District Superintendent Tiffany Anderson

"[With TFA] we're bringing in teachers that this is their passion, their calling. They want to work in those schools where we have vacancies."—Orange County School District Deputy Superintendent Jesus Jara (Florida)

“I am excited to work with Teach For America-Indianapolis to provide our students with talented and motivated teachers year after year. In the past four years, I have worked with a number of corps members and alumni teachers.  Each of them brings their own experiences into our building and they all share a deep-rooted passion for our kids. It seems that there is no challenge too great for their determination.  As a school leader, I am continually humbled by their work in our building and by TFA's work in the Indianapolis community.”—Carole Wilson Frye, principal of Clarence Farrington IPS# 61