• The challenge looms large with more than 300,000 students attending failing schools.

  • With visionary district leadership and an unprecedented focus on teacher effectiveness, we have an opportunity to help create groundbreaking reform in the nation’s second-largest school system.

About Los Angeles

Los Angeles boasts a rich history of opportunity and new beginnings and represents one of the most populous and diverse cities in America. Despite the great hope our city represents, we are failing to deliver on its promise for many of our children.

California, which serves over 6 million students, continues to rank near the bottom of all states in almost every significant measurement of educational success. Los Angeles comprises the nation’s second largest school district – serving almost 700,000 students – and one of the most diverse populations, and we continue to face a unique set of challenges to expand educational opportunity. Over 95% of the students we serve on a daily basis are eligible for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program. Facing the extra challenges of poverty, only 15% of fourth-grade public school students in California who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored at or above proficient in reading on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam.

But Los Angeles is a city of reinvention, and hundreds of innovators are working alongside the community to create change for its students. Teach For America - Los Angeles is proud to have been a partner in this work for over 24 years. Nearly 800 corps members and alumni in Los Angeles currently teach over 65,000 students every day. Our teachers are doing incredible work that is being publicly recognized. In 2013, a Mathematica study found that on average, Teach For America secondary math instructors led their students to academic gains that equate to 2.6 additional months of instruction. Additionally, Harvard’s Strategic Data project identified first year Teach For America teachers as some of the most effective first year LAUSD teachers in teaching math and reading in the district.

Even more exciting, Teach For America alumni work to minimize the extra challenges facing children growing up in low-income communities, build the capacity of schools and school systems, and change the prevailing ideology through their examples and their advocacy. Our alumni work directly for change at every level of our education system as teachers, school principals, and district administrators; take the pressure off schools through endeavors in economic development, public health, social services, and law; pioneer innovations in public service as social entrepreneurs; and influence our priorities and policies as advocates, policy advisers, elected officials, and influencers in other sectors.

Teach For America - Los Angeles corps members, alumni, and staff believe that change is possible, and we are motivated to reach the day when all students in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Connect With Us

Teach For America Los Angeles
606 S Olive St Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel (213) 489-9272
Fax (213) 489-9383

Executive Director

Lida Jennings
Lida Jennings brings 23 years of professional experience across multiple sectors to Teach For America Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she spent 10 years as a senior leader in higher education. Most recently, Lida served as Assistant Dean at the RAND Corporation for the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Director of the Marshall MBA Program at the University of Southern California. Before relocating to Los Angeles for graduate school in 1998, she spent eight years in corporate retail management in San Francisco, in both store and buy-side leadership roles at Macy’s and The Gap.  Since joining Teach For America Los Angeles, Lida has held multiple roles on the leadership team, including Managing Director of Strategy, Talent, and Operations, and Managing Director of District and School Partnerships.  She has a BA in psychology from Smith College, an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and a Doctorate in Education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Lida has extensive experience volunteering for non-profit organizations throughout California; she currently serves as a board member for Endeavor College Prep, a charter middle school in East Los Angeles, and is a member of the Loyola Marymount Graduate School of Education Board of Visitors. 

Regional Stats

1990
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
205
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
250
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
2,040
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
63%
PERCENT OF ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
60
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
Data valid as of: Aug 2014