Learn more about Teach For America's work in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Since coming to Philadelphia in 2003, we have brought over 1,600 new teachers to the city of Philadelphia, with 42 percent choosing to stay in Philadelphia beyond their two-year commitment. As a critical talent and civic leadership pipeline in education and beyond, we are proud to say that we are also the most diverse teacher pipeline in the city of Philadelphia: 46 percent of our current corps identify as people of color and 22 percent come from low-income backgrounds.
In our 15 years in Philadelphia, our corps members and alums have taught over 200,000 students (roughly the current size of the School District of Philadelphia). In any given year, our corps members are impacting roughly 10,000 students and our corps member and alum teachers combined are influencing roughly 36,000 students.
Our alumni continue to carry to torch of change in our city: 362 of our alumni remain as teachers in Philadelphia classrooms, and nearly 90 alumni serve in school leadership positions. Another 17 alumni serve in systems level leadership roles, and all of our alums are fierce advocates for improvement to our educational system.
While our impact has been significant, we know that there is still work to be done. Our energy and efforts are focused on the local communities hardest hit by poverty and by the corresponding and painful lack of educational equity. Our vision—Students in every community in Greater Philadelphia, especially the 60,000 living in deep poverty, will have access to schools that honor, cultivate, and promote their inherent potential—promises that Philadelphia’s public schools will be fueled by teachers, principals, and leaders who:
- Ensure all students are well-prepared for tomorrow’s challenges
- Continually improve their practice for the immediate and long-term benefit of their students
- Respect and reflect the cultures, history, and needs of the communities they serve
- Spread good ideas, collaboratively solve challenges, and partner on behalf of young people
Together with students, parents, and communities, we plan to continue taking steps toward a brighter future for our kids.
Alumni in Philadelphia
Corps members and alumni teachers
Alumni in school leadership positions
Teach For America Greater Philadelphia
Prior to joining TFA, Charles Barrett Adams served as the Head of School of the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. During his seven years in that role Charles was directly responsible for and committed to providing programmatic, instructional, and cultural leadership to the school community, all of which was focused on impacting the immediate and future success of the students.