School Partners: The biggest impact happens together
Supporting school leadership with systems change leaders
Our focus is supporting school leadership in improving academic excellence and equity in communities across our nation. Our passionate, rigorously trained, systems change leaders work alongside school partners and their staff to advance the academic and personal growth of students in the classroom, and beyond. You can see facts about who we are and what we do when you download this overview about us.
Our support model
As a leadership development program, we seek out those who possess the perspectives and qualifications necessary to become great teachers – and foster their skills to become lifelong leaders for educational excellence and equity.
Participants in our teaching program commit to teach at least two years in a region where we work. For over three decades our corps members have been placed with the best interests of each region, district, school, and community in mind – a practice that continues today.
Many corps members decide to continue their time in the classroom beyond their two-year commitment – often staying within their placement district or region. Others pursue education-focused careers or leadership positions, continuing to work for the betterment of future generations within their communities.
Our national tutoring program, Ignite, builds on our experience in school partnerships by recruiting and developing leaders who join classrooms virtually to accelerate and foster student learning, belonging, and growth through small group tutoring sessions.
Our diverse network of alumni leaders are passionate about advancing and advocating educational equity in the United States. Their work underpins efforts to ensure opportunities for every learner by illuminating new paths in education, and strengthening, rebuilding, and reimagining schools in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
Fostering collective impact
To further the commitment of our corps members, Ignite fellows, and alumni – and to support the needs of our school partners – TFA provides timely, actionable, and meaningful support through a comprehensive set of professional development tools and resources.
By supplementing development programs already provided at our partner schools, we can ensure every one of our diverse leaders has access to an individualized support system designed to meet the unique needs of school leadership, the student body, their families, and the community. These resources include:
Direct coaching through a Managing Director, Leadership Development (MD, LD) who co-creates and roadmaps individual learning plans as well as provides 1:1 observation, feedback, and guidance to corps members and their school leaders.
Virtual and in-person instructional development centered on pedagogy, content, and execution. This includes gaining relevant teaching knowledge and skills; local community history and context; living a commitment to DEI; and self-reflection.
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Certification partnerships opportunities that provide access to evening and weekend courses to supplement TFA direct support; and for any corps members who need to meet specific teaching requirements within their community, region, or state. Read more about how we prepare leaders for success in education.
Professional toolkits through a partnership with BetterLesson, giving educators and district personnel access to ways to connect and share high-quality lesson plans, partake in workshops, 1:1 coaching, and more to support their efforts working with the next generation of students both in school and out.
- Lesson plans provide a body of knowledge around instructional practice from master educators who share their rich, comprehensive lessons and effective strategies with teachers across the globe.
- Courses drive ongoing professional learning asynchronously with a vast library of resources that support differentiated learning experiences and empower teachers to personalize their professional development.
- Tools and resources are designed and curated specifically to align with the corps member roadmap and cover a variety of instructional topics.
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