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The national Alumni School Leadership team runs two specific programs to build readiness for aspiring school leaders and support alumni currently in school leadership roles.
The other program, Schools to Learn From, highlights four schools each year that demonstrate excellence in Teach For America’s core values and student results.
We also work with The Collective to bring together school leaders and aspiring school leaders of color at the annual School Leaders of Color Conference.
To learn more about any of these programs, please email SchoolLeadership@teachforamerica.org.
School Leaders of Color Conference
Each winter, the Alumni School Leadership team partners with The Collective to host a weekend conference for alumni school leaders and aspiring school leaders of color from across the country. In February 2015, 300 school leaders and community partners convened in Atlanta for a weekend of professional development focused on improving instructional excellence while living out commitments to social justice.
Alumni School Leader Spotlight
Jonathan Santos Silva (South Dakota '10) first dreamed of building a school when he was an undergraduate business student at Northeastern University. After graduating and attaining five years of management experience, he joined Teach For America in 2010. Teaching and living in South Dakota confirmed that education and school leadership were the right path for him.
Now as a high school designer at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Jonathan knows first-hand how incredibly important strong school leadership is, but he also warns that it isn’t for everyone.
“Building a school is a dream come true for me, but I did not realize how much I would miss the classroom and day-to-day relational aspects of working with students and their families. Before leaving the classroom, make sure this is really what you want to do.”
One thing is certain in Jonathan’s world, working with young people and their families is the most meaningful and important work he has ever done.
“My love for my kids, their families, and the communities I serve propels me forward each day despite the obstacles, and my faith in their resilience and in God assures me that we will make change! Every day, families send us their students and it is our job to give them our all in return.”