Follow New Co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer as They Cross the Country

Teach For America’s new co-CEOs are traveling the country on Teach For America’s first national listening tour.  Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer are visiting classrooms, meeting with community leaders, partners, corps members, alumni, families, critical friends, and regional and national staff.  The listening tour started in March with a stop in South Carolina and will travel to 12 regions before wrapping up in late June.

Dates and locations will be added below as they’re confirmed.

March 6                 South Carolina
March 12, 13         Las Vegas           
March 19               Washington, D.C.
March 20, 21         Baltimore
April 16                 Charlotte
April 17                 Eastern North Carolina
April 23                 St. Louis
May 15                  Detroit
May 16                  Connecticut

May 20                  New Mexico
June 5                   New York
June 19                 Los Angeles

Make sure to follow their progress on Twitter (@TeachForAmerica, @villanuevabeard, @kramer_matt, #TFAlisten)– you can join the ongoing conversation on the topics they’re hearing about most, or pose questions or comments to them directly.  You’ll also find photos and videos from several tour stops on Facebook, and a few reflections from Matt and EVB on Pass the Chalk

The conversations they’re having during the tour will be integral to shaping their plans and priorities for the organization as well as their own approach as co-CEOs. They will also set the stage for Teach For America’s next long-term strategic planning process – all of which will help ensure that TFA’s work continues to expand opportunity for kids.   


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