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Jefferson County Initiative: A Charter Network Partnership Pilot

Teach For America Jacksonville executive director, Darryl Willie shares an update on a new partnership with Jefferson County schools.

By Darryl Willie

October 31, 2018

I’m excited to share an update and an opportunity with current and future Jacksonville corps members! In addition to placement opportunities that will be available to you in Duval County, both in Duval County Public Schools and in area charter partners, we will also partnering with nearby Jefferson County. This district, which serves 700 students in two buildings—one for pre-K through fifth grade, and a combined middle and high school—has garnered statewide attention for its struggles to close gaps in student achievement and the historic improvement plans that will be underway next year. The Jefferson County leadership team requested the support of dedicated and impactful Teach For America Jacksonville corps members to help achieve their ambitious goals for the 2018-2019 school year, and we were more than happy to answer the call!

There is a great need for transformational leaders like you to positively impact students in Jefferson County. More than 7 in 10 Jefferson County students qualify for free lunches, and more than 8 in 10 students are black or Hispanic. The students there—like every student across the nation—have all the potential in the world, but unlike students in more affluent communities, the realities of educational inequity are creating barriers to their future opportunities.

This is an opportunity for a small cohort of five to seven of you to rise to the occasion, to show up for the students of Jefferson County, and to be on the frontlines of change in a community that can’t wait. Throughout the state, people are watching and invested in a new outcome for Jefferson County, and you—our TFA Jacksonville corps members—have the opportunity to help write a new story for our kids there, just as we continue to be an important part of our students’ stories in Duval County.

We’re excited for you to join us, and we can’t wait to see the leaders you become. Our world is already a better place because we have you.

Find more specifics about the opportunity, including how to apply and/or indicate interest in learning more.