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Teach For America Greater Delta Mississippi Arkansas

Be the leader our classrooms need. Learn more here about living and teaching in the Greater Delta.

A 700-strong network of staff, corps members, and alumni are working to close the achievement gap from all sectors in the state. In order to reach One Day in the Greater Delta and expand opportunity for all students, our network must have opportunities to grow and develop themselves as leaders and truly excellent educators.

The birthplace of American music, a major arena in the Civil Rights Movement, and the home of many of our nation’s most prolific voices and creative minds—including Richard Wright, William Faulkner, BB King, Tennessee Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Henson, Eudora Welty, and Morgan Freeman—Mississippi and its residents have long been recognized for their contributions to American society. Yet the state’s own culture is a complicated one. The introduction of mechanized farming and the effects of globalization, combined with the residue of a racially segregated past, have forced many people to leave the state to find employment elsewhere and have made Mississippi, and its Delta region in particular, a largely forgotten national treasure.

Herein lies our great opportunity, and there is light in the distance on this broad and storied horizon. Like these integral figures of Mississippi—and national cultural history—our corps members are varied in their strengths, and our alumni are making great strides in a multitude of fields, as authors, musicians, innovators, business owners, and legal minds.

The success of our corps members and alumni are an integral part of the regional priorities, as we push to make Mississippi and Arkansas a destination region for ourselves and our kids. We work in concert to win in the classroom, build an expansive and recursive network, and illuminate the brilliance of students.


Corps Members


Alumni in Region


School and School System Leaders


Partnerships Established

“There's something special about [the Greater Delta] and its people. I've never experienced such a combination of opportunity and intimacy. What better place to challenge yourself and grow than a community committed to doing the same?”

Kelly Shi


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Alumni Affairs

Kennard Speed
Managing Director, Impact Legacy


Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act, states: “Beginning no later than the 2022-2023 school year, each state-approved educator preparation program shall post on its website information describing its program to prepare teachers to teach reading using scientific reading instruction aligned with but not limited to the content measured by the stand-alone reading assessment adopted by the State Board of Education under § 6-17-402.”

Corps members placed in Arkansas who will be teaching Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12 must complete coursework and pass the Foundations of Reading test to be considered proficient in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license.

Corps members placed in Arkansas who will be teaching in all other licensure areas must complete the coursework to be considered awareness level in scientific reading instruction to obtain a license.

In 2019, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education approved (EPP Name) pathways to meet this requirement. The pathways are aligned to the appropriate Foundations of Reading Competencies – Proficiency Level  or Foundations of Reading Competencies – Awareness Level.

DESE – Approved Course/Modules lists approved courses/modules for all approved licensure programs in Arkansas.