Teach For America Austin is the next chapter for Teach For America. By marshalling the powerful alumni presence, we’ll close the achievement gap.
In 2019, Teach For America formally recognized Austin as an alumni location. The fit is natural—not only does Austin have a large, and growing, alumni presence, but the alumni-led volunteer board is also already actively focused on fueling change for students, as well as providing networking, education, and career opportunities for alum.
Recognizing the Power of Alumni
For nearly 30 years, Teach For America has placed corps members in classrooms throughout the United States. There are now more than 60,000 Teach For America alumni—many still actively involved in education and passionately working to further an educational landscape that allows all children, regardless of geography, to have access to the same high-quality education.
More than 800 of those alumni live in Austin, showing leadership in all aspects of the educational ecosystem and beyond. Our alumni lead in the classroom in Austin ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and Del Valle ISD; develop statewide policy and programs at the Texas Education Agency; and advocate for change through organizations such as Raise Your Hand Texas and the Texas Charter Schools Association just to name a few.By establishing Teach For America Austin, Teach For America will support these alumni as they work inside and outside of the classroom to end educational inequity.
TFA Austin is the next chapter for Teach For America.
As the first formal alumni region, Austin will set the stage for how we grow the collective impact of Teach For America’s 60,000+ alumni located country-wide. Some of our biggest priorities in the region are:
- Establishing partnerships with districts to allow our unique talent pipeline to aid hiring in Austin’s highest-need schools
- Supporting alumni to take leadership roles such as district executives within school systems
- Making an impact on state policy by increasing the number of TFA alumni involved at that level
Austin-area alumni are working in education or low-income communities
Elected officials—a State Representative and an Austin Independent School District (ISD) school board member
School System Leaders