Together with our community, we hope to ensure educational equity for all of our students so that they can work towards a brighter future for our region.
Talent and potential are distributed equally across children, but opportunity is not. Today, 25 percent of D.C. children live in poverty—in a region that’s home to half of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the United States. With lifetime earnings closely linked to educational attainment, unequal access to an excellent education can give rise to entrenched poverty that lasts for generations. The path to an excellent education for every child starts with great teachers in classrooms and leaders working to create systemic change. Here at TFA D.C. Region, we work to develop leaders committed to ensuring all children reach their potential.
Here, those disparities persist along lines of race and geography. Although they sit just a few miles apart, only 11 percent of schools in D.C.’s Ward 8, east of the Anacostia River, receive a 4- or 5-star rating on their school performance report cards compared to 100 percent of schools in affluent Ward 3. In Virginia, less than 40 percent of 4th graders test proficient in literacy, and black students score more than 10 percentage points behind their white peers on every standardized test.
Today, more than 3,300 Teach for America alumni in our region help D.C. to be among the country's fastest improving urban school districts. Join them—and us—as we reimagine what’s possible for our children