About Our CEO
Elisa Villanueva Beard (Phoenix '98) is the CEO of Teach For America. Under her leadership, the organization impacts hundreds of thousands of students each year in some 2,000 schools. Her journey with TFA started in Phoenix, where she taught first and second grade bilingual education as a 1998 corps member. Read more.
Teach For America in the News
Don’t Leave COVID Relief Dollars for Education on the Table
U.S. News & World Report
February 1, 2024
NGO leaders discuss what it takes to make change at Aspen Ideas Fest
The Aspen Times
June 29, 2023
Opinion: U.S. Students Need Well-Paid Teachers to Rebuild What’s Been Lost
February 27, 2023
Opinion: The culture wars have come to the classroom. Now what?
November 3, 2022
Lessons from TFA’s Virtual Tutoring Program in Battling Learning Loss
August 2, 2022
The Power of Being a Teacher
January 18, 2022
Roundtable: Is Digital Equity Attainable in K–12 Education? | EdTech Magazine
Technology Solutions That Drive Education
December 22, 2021
Behind Oprah's $1 Million Donation to Teach For America
December 16, 2021
Teachers need our help in tough times like these, so let’s give it to them
The Hechinger Report
September 29, 2021
Shifting Philanthropic Power
Stanford Social Innovation Review
August 12, 2021
How the Pandemic Prompted Teachers to Give Students More Flexibility, Choice (in Charts)
May 10, 2021
Our financial literacy gap is a systemic problem: Let's treat it that way
May 5, 2021
How Has the Covid-19 Pandemic Impacted Education?
Making America - Let's Keep Talking
May 1, 2021
News and Announcements
Read our latest updates here.
Arizona DACA Dreamers Named Annual Peter Jennings Award Winner
November 9, 2023
The Transformation of Teach For America
January 23, 2023
The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program and Teach For America Partner to Provide Unique Professional Development Opportunity For Black Educators
October 13, 2021
Ninety-Four Percent of Principals Agree That Teach For America Corps Members Have a Positive Impact On Students
August 30, 2021
Teach For America Responds to Texas Federal Court Ruling on DACA
July 19, 2021
What the Election Can Mean for Our Students: A Message From Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard
November 9, 2020
Teach For America Names New Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness
October 9, 2020
Teach For America Stands With DACA Community
July 28, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about Teach For America and our work.
Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. Read more about what we do.
Educational inequity is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions. Like successful systems change efforts in the past, it will require a broad coalition working inside and outside the system to challenge the status quo by demonstrating what’s possible. Teach For America is fueling this coalition with leaders from every background who are working in our education system and all the fields that shape it to expand opportunities for students. These leaders get close and stay close to the problem, and they are committed to driving educational equity and excellence in their lifetime.
Read more to learn more about our approach.
Teach For America has a 29-year track record of advancing educational excellence and equity in the United States through our network of remarkable and diverse leaders working to expand opportunity and access for all children. Read more to learn about Teach For America's impact.
Teach For America uses the following key factors in determining placement: availability of teaching positions across the nation for the upcoming school year; subject and grade-level needs of our school and district partners; hiring requirements, including undergraduate coursework credits required for each position and regional certification requirements; and corps members' regional and teaching subject preferences.
Corps members teach in one of Teach For America's 51 regions. Learn more about where corps members teach.
Teach For America helps corps members become strong classroom and community leaders, through a rigorous summer training program and extensive coaching, professional development, and other resources throughout the corps experience. Learn more about corps member training.
Each state has different requirements and rules around teacher certification. Teach For America regional staff members work with corps members to make sure these requirements are met prior to teaching. Read more about where we work and the requirements and rules around teacher certification for each region.
Teach For America secures local contributions from businesses, foundations, government organizations, and individuals in the regions where corps members teach. In addition, we receive national funding from corporations and foundations, individuals, and the federal government. In FY16, 78 percent of funds raised came from regional supporters, the remainder coming from national funders.