How Teach For America provides ongoing training, coaching, and opportunities for growth throughout the corps experience and beyond.
February 19, 2020
Prior to joining Teach For America, many corps members have not had the experience of teaching in front of a classroom. But throughout their journey with Teach For America, with the support of mentors and peers, they will rise to new challenges, learn, grow, and continually develop as leaders in the education system and beyond. Even after completing the corps, alumni will have access to professional development opportunities for continued growth.
Through professional development opportunities, TFA works to ensure that its corps members are set up for success in the classroom in a variety of ways, including summer training, ongoing coaching, workshops and webinars, and access to a professional network and an unwavering community.
Beginning the summer before their first year of teaching and stretching into their first 90 days of teaching, all incoming corps members participate in our Pre-Service training program.
Pre-Service will support corps members in becoming anti-racist teachers, leaders, and prepare them to provide their students with a high-quality education. Pre-Service not only prepares corps members for the challenges of a classroom; it focuses on essential training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Corps members will learn the professional skills required to be a successful teacher while gaining a deeper understanding of the empathy and curiosity needed to be effective when engaging with their students and community in their placement region.
Once corps members leave institute, their development continues throughout their two years as teachers in the corps. Each corps member has a coach to support them in their transition to the classroom and provide guidance as obstacles or challenges may come up during their two years. TFA helps corps members complete necessary certifications as well.
Teacher impact coaches work to support new corps members professionally and personally. They offer individual and small group support to practice skills and provide feedback.
One of the best assets of any organization is its professional network—and Teach for America’s extensive alumni network is no exception. Right from the start, corps members make lasting connections through the relationships they build at their summer training. But it won’t stop there.
Many alumni go on to become principals, department heads, nonprofit leaders, lawyers, policymakers, or virtually any other role that allows them to continue their
Throughout all the triumphs and challenges, corps members have a community of peers going through the exact same thing at their side—every step of the way. And, once the two years are over, the bonds corps members build with each other last a lifetime because they were founded on shared values and a passion for pursuing equity.
Workshops and Webinars
Over the course of their two-year commitment, TFA corps members will have the opportunity to attend a number of in-person trainings, webinars, and networking events in their regions. Professional Development (PD) Saturdays are regional workshops for teachers, specific to their subject areas, grade levels, and personal identities. LGBTQ corps members and corps members of color have opportunities to gather with other members of their identity group at conferences focusing on education equity to leverage their positions as community leaders. TFA provides funding opportunities for personal and professional development interests.
Fellowships and Awards
After finishing the corps, alumni have various options through TFA to continue their professional development, helping them maximize their impact in the fields that they pursue.
Teaching is a challenge—but new corps members should never feel alone. Professional development opportunities permeate the entire TFA experience, from summer trainees to alumni. Teachers within the TFA network will continue to grow professionally and extend their impact.
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