Teach For America works in partnership with the Memphis community to ensure that all children receive an excellent education.
Memphis kids live in poverty
Memphis high schoolers graduate college-ready
Memphis kindergartners are reading on grade level
Memphis seventh graders are proficient in reading
Memphis at a Glance
Teach For America Memphis is proud to be supported by Volunteer Tennessee. Our corps members are also AmeriCorps members, connected to a national service movement and eligible to receive an education award after successfully completing each year of teaching.
The City Ambassadors
We are grateful for The City Ambassadors, a special group of supporters founded by Regional Advisory Board Member Tate Wilson and Kristy Dorman. Their mission is to welcome new corps members and alumni to Memphis by continuously connecting them to opportunities and networks across the region. With each unique experience and event, our people come to learn and love even more about our vibrant community!
We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.
Christian Brothers University Master of Education Program (Local Partnership)
Our region partners with Christian Brothers University (CBU) to provide an option for teachers going into their second year of teaching (or beyond) to pursue a Master in Education (MEd). Corps members are able to use their Teach For America experience to count towards course credits, making it possible to receive a master's degree in only one year of study and also reducing the overall tuition. Teach For America corps members and alumni receive nine hours of experiential credits and a 20% reduction in tuition. You can begin the program either in the summer between your first or second year, in the fall or spring of your second year, or during alumnihood. CBU now offers courses specifically for edTPA preparation within the MEd program.
Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Education Program (National Partnership)
All Teach For America corps members (incoming, current, and alumni) have the opportunity to enroll in the highly- ranked Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Education’s online master’s program for Teach For America, leading to a Master of Science in Education (MSE) at a reduced cost. JHU waives 9 credits for your Institute training and accepts transfer credits. Their online format includes several support systems: Hopkins instructors to support educational pedagogy, real time discussions to ground the coursework in classroom context, and video-based platforms to support reflective practices – all aligned to Teach For America rubrics and expectations. You must currently be in the classroom in order to take advantage of this opportunity. JHU offers a course specifically for edTPA preparation during their program.
Rhodes College Master of Arts in Urban Education (Local Partnership)
Teach For America Memphis recently established a formal partnership with Rhodes College’s Educational Studies program. Rhodes College’s Master of Arts in Urban Education program is a 14-month program (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). Each student will prepare a master’s thesis that will be defended in the final summer in the program. Students will advance through the program in a cohort-model, wherein the courses are taken in sequence with the same group of candidates. For TFA Memphis corps members and alumni, Rhodes will waive 12 credits, offer a $10,000 scholarship, and pay for all licensure exams. Rhodes College offers edTPA support through their edTPA coordinator.
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Achievement School District
Shelby County Schools
Aspire Public Schools
Freedom Prep Academy
Gestalt Community Schools
Green Dot Public Schools
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Frayser Community Schools
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
Memphis Business Academy
Memphis College Prep
Memphis Delta Prep
Memphis Rise Academy
Memphis Scholars Academy
Memphis School of Excellence
The Soulsville Charter School
Veritas Charter School