Attend Teach For America – D.C. Region’s Annual Gala: Leadership Changing Lives. Register Now
In Washington D.C., symbols of our nation’s strength are abundant. Yet just miles from the White House and the United States Capitol building there are public schools where students have some of the lowest standardized test scores in the country. This staggering condition of educational inequity has lasting implications for our community—one-third of adults living in the District are functionally illiterate and the poverty rate in Prince George’s County has more than doubled in the last ten years.
While this gap remains a significant barrier to the future opportunities available to our kids, we are beginning to see inspiring evidence of change. Our alumni and corps members are working diligently alongside the community to improve the life trajectories of children in the District and Prince George’s County. Right now, there are 255 corps members in the Teach For America - D.C. Region, instructing more than 18,000 students within the beltway. At this scale, nearly one in five low-income kids in the region are taught by our corps members. Our work is furthered by our many area alumni continuing the pursuit of educational equity, including 36 principals and 43 assistant principals and deans. With more than 2,000 alumni working within and beyond education, Teach For America is fueling the ecosystem of teacher leaders, school leaders, and community leaders needed to accelerate and sustain the pace of education reform.