Talent and potential are distributed equally across children, but opportunity is not. Today, 25 percent of D.C. children live in poverty—in a region that’s home to half of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the United States. With lifetime earnings closely linked to educational attainment, unequal access to an excellent education can give rise to entrenched poverty that lasts for generations. The path to an excellent education for every child starts with great teachers in classrooms and leaders working to create systemic change. Here at TFA D.C. Region, we work to develop leaders committed to ensuring all children reach their potential.
Here, those disparities persist along lines of race and geography. Although they sit just a few miles apart, only 11 percent of schools in D.C.’s Ward 8, east of the Anacostia River, receive a 4- or 5-star rating on their school performance report cards compared to 100 percent of schools in affluent Ward 3. In Virginia, less than 40 percent of 4th graders test proficient in literacy, and black students score more than 10 percentage points behind their white peers on every standardized test.
Today, more than 3,300 Teach for America alumni in our region help D.C. to be among the country's fastest improving urban school districts. Join them—and us—as we reimagine what’s possible for our children.
In addition to being the seat of our federal government, Washington, D.C. has also long been a center for Black American culture, arts, and community organizing. Northern Virginia has a growing Latinx population and is expanding with new corporate offices and tech companies. In a city that boasts the highest proportion of residents with graduate degrees and in suburbs that have long been among the most affluent in the country, systemic poverty and racism have shaped—and continue to affect—the communities we serve.
Outside the school building, you will meet people from every walk of life: college students, Capitol Hill staffers, artists, musicians, families, and young professionals, all contributing to our region’s unique atmosphere. In recent years, the District has also become a center for communities with roots in East Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, who join historic Latinx, LGBTQ, and immigrant populations.
When you join us, you’ll see neighborhoods that reflect this diversity, markets and coffee shops of Capitol Hill, the Latinx influence of Columbia Heights, pop-up eateries of Union Market, the vibrant LGBTQ neighborhoods of U Street and Dupont Circle, and the lush, diverse suburbs of Alexandria, Virginia. There are various family-friendly options across D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Washington, D.C., is one of the most walkable cities in the country, and the Metrorail, Metro Bus, BikeShare, and local car-sharing systems make travel accessible and environmentally friendly. D.C. also consistently ranks among the top cities in the nation for having the most outdoor parks per resident—from hiking in Rock Creek Park to fishing in the Potomac River, there are ample ways to explore outside.
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
We partner with the DC Public Charter Board and District of Columbia Public Schools.
We partner with Alexandria City Public Schools.
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Prince George’s County, Maryland
We partner with Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Getting Certified to Teach
Corps members start their teaching career on an initial teaching license and work toward obtaining a standard teaching license* if they choose.
In order to teach on an initial license and engage in the hiring process, all corps members are required to take assessments called Praxis Tests. These assessments are required by Virginia and D.C. to be eligible to teach a specific subject area. You must take and pass the necessary Praxis tests. For more information on tests, you can look at these one-page documents for each of our jurisdictions. You can also visit the ETS Website to learn more.
*Obtaining a standard teaching license requires passing content and pedagogy exams and successfully completing graduate-level education coursework.
All corps members will be required to complete TFA and school-based professional and performance-based expectations.
The alumni community is thriving in D.C., with over 3,300 alums today. There are over 700 alumni educators, and 250 alumni school/system leaders in D.C. Our alumni also include State Superintendents, Chancellors, and Deputy Mayors for Education, all creating a leadership force that continues to fuel change, impacting over 60,000 students in the region.
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Teach For America D.C. Region is working to bring more teachers to our community during a national teacher shortage. Through your support, we are able to magnify our impact on students to ensure that every child in the DMV has an opportunity to attain an excellent education. Your generosity allows us to expand opportunities for children in classrooms across our communities by providing teachers and leaders that inspire and motivate our students, equipping them with the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams.